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Home Town: Rural, Illinois, USA
Living In: Southern Oregon, Oregon, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a homemaker who raises huge turkeys, chickens, pheasants, and ducks. From fruits and berries we raise, I can, freeze, and dry a large portion of our food. I make our own wines and beers, and cook constantly. Volunteering at our church's food and clothing pantry once a week is a joy. From my Midwest upbringing, I've learned to really appreciate the Amish cooks with their simple ingredients and cooking styles. Though I love to experiment, I most enjoy cooking old-fashioned recipes, occasionally altering them to make them healthier. Though I've been cooking for over 30 years, I realize that we never can "know it all," and love to learn from other cooks.
My favorite things to cook
Canning and preserving are extremely important to my family and me. Looking at all those jars of good foods I've canned from our own produce is rewarding - like looking at a just-finished quilt I've created with love. My cholesterol levels prove I love to bake dessert, candies, and breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of the best parts of Christmas is baking and decorating cookies and candies with kids. Creating a family cookbook to hand down to my kids which includes favorites of theirs is a tradition I'm starting, and one I hope my kids and grandkids continue. So many wonderful recipes from my grandmother were lost because she never wrote them down. It's sad that so many of her wonderful recipes are lost forever.
My cooking triumphs
Overcoming a fear of trying something new, especially if it's out of my comfort zone is perhaps my greatest triumph. I think the first time I made a loaf of bread that was just what I imagined was my first triumph. Making a meal that everyone enjoys makes me feel triumphant. Having someone ask for my recipe is certainly lovely, as when they "demand" I cook a certain dish for our next get-together. Tasting my own Gewurztraminer at its peak of aging was definitely another, though it's not necessarily cooking. Isn't it wonderful to create something at home that one would have had to pay a huge amount for elsewhere?
My cooking tragedies
My very first batch of biscuits was a "tragedy." I forgot to put in the baking powder. I had to rename them as something entirely different to persuade my new husband to eat them. Throwing anything out is, in my mind, a mild tragedy; I hate to waste! But those hockey puck-like biscuits had to go.
Recipe Reviews 72 reviews
Jalapeno Popper Spread
I think it's fair to rate this, even though I made some minor changes. I followed the advice of a couple of other reviewers and used 6 (picked right from the garden!) jalapeños, chopped and mostly seeded. I also melted about 2 TBS butter, which I mixed with about 1/2 cup panko crumbs and the fresh Parmesan, and then topped the cheese mixture with the buttery crumb mixture. I baked the dish at 375 F for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and heated through. I only had Ritz crackers, but we could hardly stop ourselves from finishing the whole plate in one sitting! Thanks for an easy, marvelous recipe!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2014
Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
This will be my new refrigerator dill pickle recipe! I did follow other reviewers' advice and cut the sugar in half. I doubled the amount of red pepper flakes, since my family prefers the heat. I did not add additional sprigs of dill to the jars, and we all found the chopped dill to be more than enough for a full dill flavor. Wonderful pickles! Thanks for the great recipe! I wish I had made a double batch!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2014
Catherine's Pickled Blueberries
I followed the recipe exactly for the first time. I followed the timing, but found the sauce rather thin. Next time, I will probably boil the sauce longer to thicken it more, since I wasn't sure how thick it was supposed to be. The flavor was very good, but my family, who usually like this sort of thing, said that I didn't necessarily need to make it again. I think I will try it again, but may add some sort of spicy element and will thicken it a bit more so it isn't as runny. Cooking times always vary a bit, and now I know what to aim for. Thanks for a very good recipe!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2014
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