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Home Town: Mansfield, Ohio, USA
Living In: Johnsville, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Music
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Easter 2009
Christmas Eve 2008
Me :)
About this Cook
I grew up with a mother who cooked almost everything from scratch and taught me to do the same. My mother-in-law was and is the same way, and the two of them have helped shape the way I cook for my family today. My husband was born in Indonesia but raised here in America so he grew up with Southern and Mid-West cooking. My father grew up as a farm boy in Iowa and tells me stories of his childhood years and the things his mother used to make and bake. My beloved mother passed away 5 years ago, and I miss her dearly! I have a wonderful husband, and we have 5 children whom we greatly enjoy! Our family has a lot of fun together, and when my husband & I grow old we will have lots of family surrounding us! Hopefully we have lots of grahdchildren also! I love to cook and create wonderful tasting food for my family to enjoy. I love the challenge of making our food as healthy as possible, and the last couple years have been learning a lot about baking bread.
My favorite things to cook
I cook a lot of is easy and filling when you have a lot of mouths to feed! I love fresh ingredients and lots of vegetables. I like the challenge of baking a light loaf of whole wheat bread (still haven't gotten the perfect one yet but getting closer!). I love summer with fresh garden produce. I like to make cookies, and this year have made some good pies too. I love to be in my kitchen baking and making, and I love the challenge of cooking from scratch! I don't hardly ever even buy boxed mac-n-cheese anymore! My most favorite things to cook are those things that I can share with others that they really enjoy...especially my husband, my children, and my dad. My mother-in-law has some Asian cooking skills from living in Indonesia as a missionary awhile before bringing my husband home, but my husband really only requests Asian food once in awhile. I try to cook Asian occasionally or add some Asian taste to our food sometimes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I just remember every evening my mother making supper and the kitchen smelling so good! We sat down to dinner as a family every night, and that is still very important to me. Once a year or so, we would all make orange doughnuts together as a family. The older I got, I helped Mom a lot in the kitchen and even made meals for the family as a young girl a few times (should have done so more!). We made apple fritters and "Buckeyes" as a family several times as well. Those were fun times! My mother also made special meals for my father-his favorite meals or types of foods. It was wonderful to see Mom giving Dad special treatment and to witness constantly how much my parents loved each other. I try to do the same for my husband and children. I also like to carry on the tradition my Mom had of making us kids whatever we wanted for our birthdays.
My cooking triumphs
I have learned so much more and become so much more comfortable in the last few years with my cooking. I am able to "invent" meals and dishes and desserts so much more easily now. I am much more confident about substituting items in recipes for something I don't have or don't like. I have felt many times as though I made something out of nothing when our pantry looks very bare!!! I try not to waste anything, but these days that is not hard....we barely ever have leftovers anymore! I am even able to redeem many of my mistakes!
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm....I have had some loaves of bread turn out like bricks! I recently made rolls that I kept forgetting about all day...they rose, deflated, wrinkled, and started to dry out before I re-kneaded and shaped them; most of them didn't rise much at all the second time and turned out very condensed & heavy when baked...but we ended up eating them as a snack dipped in flavored cream cheeses! HA! In general, I just have those times when something I try just doesn't turn out like I had hoped! Once when I was little, my babysitter and I made some chocolate cookies that we put 1/4 CUP of salt in instead of 1/4 tsp.!!! EWWWW! Those were nasty! I've never made that mistake again!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Thai Grilled Chicken
Very tasty! My husband isn't as much of a fan of the lemony seasonings, so I was looking for something different. He loves Asian food anyway, so it was a hit! I did pound my chicken breasts so that they were an even thickness for even cooking on the grill. I also quickly pricked some holes in the breasts before pouring the first mixture on them hoping it would seep more flavor in during the short time it sat. I honestly don't know if that helped, but I followed the recipe exactly, and we loved it!!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2012
Dee's Health Bread
WOW!!! AMAZING!!! I have never made a whole wheat bread that turned out this light & fluffy! It is literally so fluffy it's like store bought; hard to spread peanut butter on it without tearing it...even hard to slice it without squishing it! I don't want those to sound like bad things--this bread turned out PERFECT!!! I wanted to make it exactly as instructed in the recipe despite my tendency to change things...I wanted to know how it was SUPPOSED to turn out before changing it. I've experimented with a lot of bread recipes-I make bread regularly & barely ever buy at the store anymore. This one is what I've been looking for! As one reviewer stated, I believe that it is the PROCESS in this recipe that makes a difference. Many of my WW recipes are half bread flour/half WW because despite my desire to use all WW I cannot get a light enough loaf that my family will eat. The proportion of WW to bread (white) flour in this recipe is already a lot more that what I'm used to, & it is sooo fluffy! I am definitely going to use all WW next time & see how it turns out. Even though the processes make this recipe a little longer to make, it is not more difficult, & I think it is worth it! The only changes I did make were to add a dry 9 grain cereal (whole grains) instead of cracked wheat b/c I didn't have the cracked wheat, & I added 2 Tbsp. of vital wheat gluten. MARVELOUS! I did leave the bread in the oven when I turned it on to preheat-didn't hurt it. It made 5 loaves.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2010

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