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Cookie Baking Mom

Cookie Baking Mom
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About this Cook
I'm a baker by nature and cook because ... well, we have to eat! I must say that all my kudos go to those of you who have the gift of creating recipes and I'm so glad you share them! We lean toward things that are considered "down home" although I've finally gotten my husband to eat Mexican dishes so we're getting a little spicy in our lives now.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, Breads and Soups are my favorites. Of course the things I enjoy most are those dishes that make my family happy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ever since I can remember our family has gone overboard on Christmas cookies. They look so pretty on a plate that they make a perfect gift for all the special people in our lives - friends, family, teachers, etc.
My cooking triumphs
I've found over 20 main courses that my entire family will eat. YAHOO! My newest thing is making homemade bread. The Amish White Bread recipe here is a GREAT starter recipe that you can change to suit your tastes. My other accomplishment is canning. My cousin, Shanna, got me hooked on making jam about 10 years ago (serious -- it's easy and there are usually just 3-4 ingredients) and then Nora got me gigged about canning salsa. It is SOOO much better than what you can buy in the stores!
My cooking tragedies
As a teenager I decided that I was going to make chocolate cake from scratch. A good idea, but then I created my own recipe. Bless my mom for putting up with it, because I think I did this a couple times ... and every time it was disgusting.
Recipe Reviews 53 reviews
Grilled Marinated Swordfish
Sauce had great flavor but didn't make it's way into the meat. Next time we will either cut the fish into kabobs or make cross-hatch marks on the outside of the fish to get more flavor!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2014
Chef John's Italian Meatballs
We all loved them! So much flavor that you don't even need BBQ sauce :)

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Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2014
Strawberry Pie II
WOW! I didn't expect this to be so incredible (just made it because we picked strawberries and my son had asked for a pie with them). As soon as the crust came out of the oven I sprinkled chocolate chips on the bottom and stuck it in the cooling oven for 2 minutes so it was easy to spread ... no soggy crust and no worries about the holes from my shrunken crust (unusual, but I don't normally prebake them either). We used about 2 1/2 cups of smashed berries that I pureed to have a smooth consistency ... and took a previous review's suggestion to combine the sugar and cornstarch to avoid lumps. Just dumped everything together in a pot and simmered it for 10 minutes. No need for whipped cream because it's absolutely amazing as is! Thanks OKBEE. Definitely a keeper :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2014
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