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A Glimpse of Me

 
Jun. 27, 2009 1:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2009 9:22 am
I am a California girl, born and raised in small (and sometimes TINY) towns/communities in the High Desert of Southern California.  The tallest building in any town I've lived in was always the hospital, never standing more than 5 stories tall.  As you can imagine, I am not… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 12, 2009 6:59 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2009 9:54 am
I asked this question once on the Recipe Exchange and got some really fun answers!  What are your funny or strange food quirks?  Here are some of mine: ~ You know those little white stringy things that are attached to either side of the yolk of a raw egg?  They TOTALLY gross… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 6, 2009 7:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2009 2:52 pm
Every year on the second weekend in June my daughters and I take a drive to a small community here in Southern California called Leona Valley.  Hidden in the hills, with only a couple of winding, not-so-well-maintained roads leading in, a first-timer will be pleasantly surprised when they… MORE
 
 
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Keri

Living In
Antelope Valley, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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