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Home Town: Winona, Ohio, USA
Living In: Cary, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I began cooking as a new bride over 30 years ago, knowing only how to make spaghetti sauce! My husband put up with all my cooking attempts and now says he'd rather eat at home than go to any restaurant. We have two grown children living here in the south near us. I operated a child care center for over 16 years where my staff and myself prepared lunch daily for 30 children. The parents were always amazed at some of the foods their children would eat for me but not eat at home. I've always tried to make meals fun...our motto is family, food and fun!
My favorite things to cook
When my daughter got engaged I began taking cake decorating classes from an amazing baker from South America. Practice makes perfect, and I think all of my friends and family were getting tired of cakes!! I love coming up with new flavor combinations. So far I have made 2 wedding cakes and over 200 cupcakes for my daughter's wedding. I will doing my third wedding in October 2011. I also love making recipes that have been handed down from my mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. All three of these women were wonderful cooks and great role models as wives.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I hope I am starting a tradition of making the wedding cakes for all the young women in our family. I have way too many "family tradition" recipes that I enjoy making to list!
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was making the wedding cake for my niece's wedding and the wedding cake and cupcakes for my daughter's wedding. I enjoy creating home cooked meals every night even though it is now just my husband and myself at home.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make beef stew, as a newly married woman, it was a disaster! I couldn't get it to thicken so kept adding rice thinking that would help. The meat was so tough it needed to be cut with a steak knife. Recently I attempted to make a seafood paella (something one of my husband's Vietnamese employees asked for) and it was awful!! I generally try to avoid dishes with rice!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Best Steak Marinade in Existence
This really is one of the best meat marinades I've come across in over 30 of cooking. I have used it on steaks, roasts, pork and chicken with wonderful results every time. I have never blended it, rather just whisk the ingredients together in a glass bowl. The copy I made of this recipe is actually worn out from so much use! A friend is a NC BBQ pit master and he uses it frequently. No better endorsement than a pro!

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2011
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies I
I came across this recipe as I was craving something sweet. Luckily I had all the ingredients available and whipped up a batch. Fantastic flavor and easy to make recipe!! I added the caramel icing from another pumpkin cookie recipe I found on this site. I wish I had doubled the batch as one reviewer suggested. I will add this to my "keep" file. I did 1/2 butter/1/2 shortening for the shortening amount as other reviewers mentioned. This is a perfect fall cookie. I will be baking several batches to give to neighbors and friends at Thanksgiving.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2009
Easy Grape Salad
What an easy, delicious "dessert" salad. It was served at a tailgate party and had to make it myself. I used the reviewer's suggestion to substitute sour cream, sugar and vanilla for the marshmallow cream. Fantastic!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2009

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