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Carolyn Wolfe

Carolyn Wolfe
Home Town: Quad Cities, Illinois, USA
Living In: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a wife, Mom, & RN. I have 3 kids, so my cooking has to satisfy a broad range of tastes! I've been married 24 yrs. and have helped my husband's bland taste awaken. He's started venturing out, trying to cook things he's not tried before! We love this website and look up ideas & recipes at least twice weekly!
My favorite things to cook
We used to live in Phoenix & it was great as the whole family loves Mexican food. We certainly had our share of great restaurants to try, but I love to experiment at home as well! Our staple foods are beans, rice, tortillas, & chicken! There's so much that can be done with those four ingredients!
My favorite family cooking traditions
While growing up, our family tradition was Pillsbury Orange Rolls, bacon, eggs, o.j. or milk on Christmas morning! I've brought that into my own family. In addition, our kids expect egg nog to magically appear in the refrigerator by around Thanksgiving! We always have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, etc. For Christmas, it's always a really good ham, glazed, au-gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, & Hawaiian brand rolls!
My cooking triumphs
I've recently learned how to make Mexican restaurant-style refried beans. In addition, I am becoming more proficient at "throwing" things together based on ingredients I already have, and coming up with some really good meals! I hope to make a good home-made tortilla soon!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Paul's Southern California BBQ Sauce
This sounded really good, so I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of chili powder & cayenne pepper. (Many family members with tummy issues!). The first & most overwhelming "problem" was the strong vinegar smell & taste. It was too acidic. So to cut through the acidity, I added about a cup or slightly more of brown sugar. It was still too sour from the vinegar, so I added about 1/4 cup honey. I also added about 2 Tblsp. Heinz chili sauce, about 2 Tblsp. Liquid Smoke, & 1 Tblsp. Wocestershire sauce. I simmered it for about 15 minutes, but it wasn't thickening very well. So I added a Tsp. of corn starch in about 2 Tblsp. cool water, then added it to the sauce. That's what it took to achieve a final product I was happy with, that wasn't too sour from vinegar, & my family was thrilled with! I used shredded roast beef right into the pan & let it caramelize a bit, then placed it in buns for BBQ sandwiches! Everyone raved about the final product! Thanks for the recipe, even though I modified it, it was a great outline for me to start with!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2011
Cola Roast Turkey
I roasted a turkey using this recipe last night! My family & I were very happy with the results! This was probably one of the most tender & juicy turkeys we've ever had! In addition, the beautiful golden brown color made for a great presentation! I followed the recipe as written & wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for posting this recipe! It will be a "family tradition" from now on!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2011
G-ma's Rice
Living in Phoenix, we have had a chance to try MANY mexican / spanish rice dishes! However, we feel this recipe really captures the "true" taste of how it's done! I used real minced garlic, slightly less pepper, and the exact amount of ground cumin. Be careful to not place more cumin than recipe calls for as it would be too strong a flavor & overtake the rice. You can add salt to taste per individual taste after it's cooked. We have declared this as our favorite family rice side dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2009

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