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Home Town: Ada, Ohio, USA
Living In: Still Ada!, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am just a little corn fed farm raised girl. Love the mountains and beaches but ended up being born in the middle of a cornfield so... here I still am! I enjoy the outdoors; riding my Harley, rock climbing and rappelling and 5 - 6 day canoe trips in my younger days. In fact we "threw" our son off his first cliff at the age of five! I also love spending time with my critters. I started cooking and baking with Mom when I was just a wee tot. (Poor Dad pretending he liked my "creations" - what a sport!) By the time I was 12 I was making the family dinners after school on days that Mom worked, then graduated to grocery shopping when I got my license and then I could get what I wanted!
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything! I love to try new recipes and add my own twist. My family and friends joke about my "recipes" as I consider a recipe a guide. "Oh, this would be good in that..." Or "What's in the frige that needs used?" We are big grill fans at my home and grill all year long. Not very common in NW Ohio but my sweetie will tough it out in the shed in the middle of a blizzard if the mood strikes us!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, of course Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings. And Christmas ham. I have to add home canning as well. I love to preserve my summer bounty and knowing where it comes from and exactly what is in it is a bonus!
My cooking triumphs
Triumphs? Hmmm... getting someone who doesn't like squash to LOVE squash. "When are you fixing that again?" (Summer squash cobbler/ crunch - tastes like apple pie!) Luckily my sweetie is willing to try anything! At least once. I also am not frightened by the grill anymore. Still more comfortable cooking over an open wood fire though.
My cooking tragedies
#1 A t. = teaspoon, not tablespoon. That was some peppery soup! (@ age 11) #2 Making homemade hot sauce. (Even though it turned out great!) The fumes are toxic, the animals had to be evacuated, and I DO NOT know more than the professionals that said "wear gloves when handling peppers." #3 Rosemary should be used sparingly. Very sparingly.
Recipe Reviews 88 reviews
Wheat Berry Salad with Olives and Garlic
Needs the addition of acid. Add lemon juice, red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2014
Mint Julep Cocktail
I am wondering if 1 teaspoon was supposed to be 1 tablespoon. Basically it is straight bourbon otherwise. We kept working on the formula and decided we liked more mint and more syrup. Of course by the 5th round we thought they were excellent. It turned out to be an epic Derby Day. Maybe some citrus soda or peach brandy would have mellowed the flavor a bit. But then it wouldn't be a traditional julep.

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Made-in-Minutes No-Cook Fudge
I just recently learned the benefits of unrefined coconut oil and wanted to try this. I used 1/2 the cocoa powder for a lighter flavor and a bit of vanilla as well. I can see adding in coconut flakes or chopped nuts. I warmed the oil slightly so it would blend easily and now I am eating it with a spoon.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
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