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Home Town: Hillsdale, Michigan, USA
Living In: Pontiac, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a mother of a two year old little boy named Ethan who is very rambunctious. I live with Ethan and the my boyfriend Steve who is Ethan's father in Pontiac Illinois. I love to cook but rarely get to cook at home. I do get to cook frequently at work though. I work at a group home for developmentally disabled adults. There i help them with everyday activities from cooking to cleaning to shopping.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook pasta and anything spicy. I like to experiment with different types of spices and make my own sauces and marinades. When it comes to actually making a recipe for things I'm creating it is difficult for me because I rarely measure anything unless I'm baking which I also like to experiment with which can be a little scary but so far I've been pretty lucky.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing as a child I looked forward to Thanksgiving. I enjoyed waking up to the wonderfuls smells of all the food my mom was preparing. I could smell the turkey in the oven slowly roasting that she had cooking all night. I could also smell the beginnings of her family famous potato salad, she would be cutting the onion, celery, pickles, and of course the boiled potatoes. My mom also makes the best green beans on earth. She fries chopped bacon til crisp then adds one diced onion and lets it cook with the bacon til tender. She then adds six cans of drained green beans to the pan and cooks it all together. She doesn't drain the grease either so the beans get the full flavor of the bacon. Obviously a slotted spoon is used to serve this dish!
My cooking triumphs
I think my first cooking triumph was when I cooked a turkey for the client at work on Thanksgiving 2007. It was the first time i had ever attempted to cook a turkey and I was a little nervous but I didn't want the other staff members to know this so I just played it off as if I was a total expert. I put quartered apples and onions inside the bird and as well as rubbing butter inside and out. I even made sure to get under the skin. I made sure i read the directions that came with the turkey as not to cook it too long so it was not dry and made sure to baste it frequently. It came out beautifully, it was golden brown like you see on tv and was moist as could be. I was so proud of that turkey that I took pictures of it!
My cooking tragedies
My first attemp at "cooking" was when I was in HeadStart. I was about 4 years old. I told my mom that I was going to make her jello. Accoeding to her I woke up early (and quietly) made her my own special kind of jello. My jello consisted of jello mix, water, season salt garlic powder, pepper and some other seasonings! My mom said that she didn't want to hurt my feelings so she put it in the refrigerater and when i went to school she dumped it out. when i returned home from school she told me that she had eaten it all because it was so good! My mother encouraged my cooking from the beginning, she still encourages me but now she knows to ask whats in the food because shes not as courageous as I am when it comes to spicy foods! Thank God for mothers!
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