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Home Town: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Living In: Southern Desert, Arizona, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm retired, that doesn't mean I don't work. It just means I don't work for someone else. I get to choose how to spend my time. I've lived in Southwestern, Arizona for 30 years. I have been married for 42 years(to the same man). We have three grown sons. I like to cook. I like to garden. The two go hand in hand. I also enjoy paper filigree (quilling) and decorative sewing--small projects. I'm building my dream garden. When I step out the back door, I'm there. garden. I love it. But, when it's 100 degrees outside and everything is drooping and wilting, I can hardly bear to look out the window from noon until dusk.
My favorite things to cook
I love to prepare and serve the foods that I grow.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love Thanksgiving. I love baking cookies for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Everyone loves my Lasagna. I make good Lasagna, but I've honestly tasted better. I think this is one of those "Mom loves us" comfort food things. My grown sons and their friends remember me driving to the big city and making them dinner several times a year when they first left home. All these guys have families of their own now. They still live within 30 minutes of each other. And, occasionally when I'm visiting my oldest son, these guys still get together and I make lasagna--lots of it. Ah what's a mother to do? I soak up all the love and feel wonderful for weeks.
My cooking tragedies
Well there was that time I was heating a huge pot of sweat socks on the stove because the hot water heater died and I just didn't feel like driving to the laundromat. I was also making vegetable soup. I peeled five potatoes, cubed them into bite sized pieces, and added them to the pot of socks. I saved the soup with noodles. I composted the potatoes. I wrung out the socks and threw them in the washer. I swear there was something about the potato starch in that hot water that helped whiten those socks.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Mayonnaise Cake I
This isn't a 5 star cake in my book, but I really like it. Hadn't eaten or made a mayo cake in years. I used it as a chocolate strawberry shortcake with whipped cream on top. Next time, I'll add another Tablespoon of cocoa to the batter. There will be a next time because this cake is so easy. I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9" round. I think this would be good with caramel or peanut butter frosting.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2009
Drunken Collard Greens
Delicious! I'd noticed this recipe a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for something a little different to do with the collards growing in our garden. I made it because at the time I had a six pack of beer but only one can of chicken stock. I used some pork I'd set aside for stir fry rather than a smoked pork chop. And, I put the recipe together in a large pan then transferred the ingredients to a large oval crock pot. It was done in 2.5 hours on high.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2009
Fried Onion Rings
Very easy to make--much easier than my standard recipe. They were nice and crispy. My husband ate a whole mountain of them. He kept telling me how good they were. But, I thought they tasted a bit oily (rather greasy) even though I took pains to see that they were well drained. Since this is one of those high calorie treats I make only once or twice a year, I'll go back to my old reliable recipe which is similar to all recipes' Old Fashioned Onion Rings. This would be a good recipe to try if you've never made onion rings.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2009

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