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Home Town: Sacramento, California, USA
Living In: Paso Robles, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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my garden flowers
About this Cook
I kinda got out of cooking for the past couple years, now back on with gusto. Getting back into baking. Haven't done much in the sweet department for years, due to my lack of self control. I am a cookie, pastry monster!Weight management ya know... Now at 48 decided enough is enough, and my weight is fine. Besides a little pudgy looks good with my merging middle age. I have been a avid garden for 30 years. Always planting something new, especially many varieties of heirloom tomatoes, roses, all perennials, culinary, medicinal, and ornamental herbs. Into Salvias, Hydrangeas, ferns, and English roses. I have had several horses, trained most. Showed english and flat seat. Miss my chickens and thier lovely fresh eggs. I live in Paso Robles, CA, which known for wine grapes, Almonds and horse industry. Several lavender farms. Great farmers markets, and a charming, renovated downtown with some great restaurants and specialty stores. Amazing wineries. Beautiful countryside.
My favorite things to cook
Known for my salads and Clipperdale dressing which I kick up and call "Chip-n-dale". Love all seafood and cook what I can afford. Mexian food, especially enchiladas. Persian rice, lots of chicken, vegetarian dishes (was one for 10 years, ova-lacto). Always fresh vegetables.Soups. Casseroles. My guy loves my skillet potatoes. Good scalloped potatoes too. When I am in the mood, I am pretty darn good at anything I try. Very rewarding.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The holidays. Turkey with giblet, oyster, cornbread dressing. Big brither always does a silen pumpkin pie, my other big bro make a killer english toffee. My big sister always brings something new for us to try, her tradition , which is the surprise.My Mother is an awesome cook. For the past 40 years she has been making a special oyster loaf with a to die for sour cream, horser radish sauce, for my sister's birthday - which she refuses to share! I have whined but living out of town, I have only managed to get one from Mom once. I make my own and have tweaked it somwhat. I will submit the recipe. My daughter can down a mountian of crab legs and gets them for her birthday every year now. Our tradition. I miss my Mom's BBQ chicken and pies.
My cooking triumphs
Mastered gravy! Perfect. Learning to make real Chili Rellenos from a old Hispanic woman at a mexican restuarant I worked at many years ago. The Oyster loaf.
My cooking tragedies
It is a tragedy that I am missing out on grilling. Haven't mastered it much, but will. Maybe this summer. Can't seem to make a decent pie crust. Used to make great bread, but haven't done much in quite a while. Need to work on beef a bit. Being a vegetarian for those 10 years,I just didn't get into,and still don't like it much. My guy sure does. He buys a fair cow and a pig from 4-H every year. Somtimes he splits them with his father-in-law. The freezer gets stuffed to the brim.I tend to burn rather than under cook. I like cold, dark toast. Wierd?
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
Boy, other reviewers are sure right on the almond extract thing. I only had vanilla on hand, and though they were pretty good, they were missing something. Almond extract is a must! I used raspberry jam in some, apricot in others. Drizzled melted chocolate on the apricot, and the other reccomended glaze on the raspberry. I also refriged the prepped cookies as suggested before baking. They came out nice and tall, held their shape perfectly. I was thinking it might be interesting if I took some almonds and pulverized them in my mini food processor and added a bit to the cookie dough. A nice holiday/anyday cookie. Another idea would be to use orange extract and fill with apricot or orange marmalade. Fun,pretty,and easy to make.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2009
Pig Picking Cake II
This was a easy,fun cake to make. I did add in and make changes, but I am sure it would still be a 4 to 5 star cake regardless. I used a lemon cake mix. The lemon with the coconut, pineapple, and mandarian oranges works very well. I made the filling with extra roasted coconut. I had to use walnuts, didn't have pecans. I roasted the chopped walnuts too. The biggy was the lemon pie filling in the second layer. I had 2 fillings! I used a canned lemon pie filling, for extra goo. Next time I think I will move the crushed pineapple into the lemon filling, then use extra coconut to beef up the whipped cream filling/icing. It was a pretty cake. I sprinkled toasted coconut and dotted a few whole walnuts on top. I make a sheet cake, cut it in half and created 2 layers.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2009
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
This is a standard recipe I highly recommend. I feel that it is unfair to rate a recipe that I did not follow to the letter. But to unrate it brings the stars down and this is a wonderful recipe. Why I changed it? I ran short of oatmeal (like by half) and whole wheat flour. I also don't like shortening so much. I love chocolate chips. The beauty of this recipe, is that it is so basic that subbing a bit here and there does not jeopardize the outcome. I used half butter. I had to add flour to make up for the lack of oatmeal. The chocolate chips always work. Came out great.Its a keeper.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2009
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