CHARI Profile - (1432542)

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Home Town: Southern Tier, New York, USA
Living In: Owego, New York, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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The Boys
Jigs 8-31-09
Buddy Chickenson
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook vegetarian dishes and try new recipes. I have a special interest in cooking totally from scratch w/ little to no processed, "pre-made" ingredients. You won't see any boxes of cake or brownie mixes in my cupboards! I tend to bake more than cook, but I'm expanding my expertise with the help of this website. I love to try out new and different appetizers to wow my family at our gatherings. I also love to bake things to give to my Mom to sample since she has developed such a sweet tooth. Since she's gotten older, she doesn't cook/bake much anymore, so it's a real treat to do that for her. I have a recent interest in baking yeast breads and learning the basics of that.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Many of them have gone by the wayside as our family dwindles. We do continue certain traditions for the holidays such as scalloped oysters and a German bread that my Grandma used to bake every year at Thanksgiving/Christmas time. I wish that I had paid more attention when my Mom was cooking/baking. When I was a child, she used to bake homemade bread and it always came out so perfect.
My cooking triumphs
I've experienced more cooking triumphs within the last few years as my interest has increased. I guess I consider myself a "late bloomer". Some very recent cooking triumphs have resulted from recipes on this site - homemade cornbread, for example. Again, with the help of this site, I succeeded in making killer cinnamon rolls that my boyfriend and Mom devoured.
My cooking tragedies
I'm sure there have been many, but none stand out at the moment! Oh, wait... the fudge that turned out more like frosting... :(
Recipe Reviews 223 reviews
Best Cream of Potato Soup
AMAZING! Of all the recipes for Cream of Potato Soup on this site, I happened on this one and feel like I won the lottery! I love the fact that this isn't your average cream of potato soup recipe - this one goes above and beyond. Like others, I added more broth (vegetable) and a touch of half and half once it was almost done as well as a little Asiago cheese. Really comforting during the cold snap we're having in upstate New York. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2011
Happy Shrimp
Great for a nice Sunday meal - used vegetable broth instead of wine. I doubled the sauce and was glad I did as it wouldn't have been enough if I didn't. Added more salt, asiago cheese, and red pepper flakes to give it a little heat.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2011
Grandma Ople's Apple Pie
If my boyfriend's comments are any testament to how wonderful this is, you have to try this if you're still on the fence. He literally raved for 2 days - on and on about how this was the BEST apple pie he's ever had. The pie didn't even last a full 24 hours. I was skeptical because it didn't call for cinnamon and next time, I just may add it, but it's still wonderful without it. As another reviewer aptly described, it's got a golden buttery taste. I used what apples I had (Ida Red)and opted to pour the butter mixture over the apples before I put the top crust on; seemed easier and less messy that way. I'll also bake at 350 for the entire time so as to avoid burning the crust. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2010
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