MARYSUNSHINE1 Profile - (1438233)


Home Town: Michigan, USA
Living In: Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography
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Before the Frosting
The Good Old Days
About this Cook
I love to cook and feed people. All my family and friends think I am some great cook thanks to allrecipes. I donate baked goods to the local senior center for their monthly spaghetti dinners and they always seem to be the first to go. I have also won many medals at my Parks & Recreations Annual Baking Contest. I'm really not bragging, I just want everyone to know how much I love this website and to thank all of the wonderful contributor's for making me look so good!
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes all the time. I love to cook many of the Filipino dishes from my fathers side of the family. They are so delicious. Which reminds me, write those family recipes down ASAP. When I really became interested in cooking there were several dishes of my father's that he couldn't remember "exactly" how to make, as he got older. So start those family cookbooks now. Lately I am changing my cooking habits and cutting fat, carbs, calories, etc, while still making the food taste great.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking is always fun for me, and an extra guest or two never seems to throw me off as someone always comes up with a spare friend or two. Most of all I treasure family holiday's when everyone pitches in and cooks their best recipes. We sometimes drink Mimosa's and always laugh a lot. We love to share wonderful memories and make new family traditions.
My cooking triumphs
My most memorable meal was taking my families entire Thanksgiving dinner to my son's friend's house. The boy's mother was buried that day and I silently sobbed throughout my dinner preparations. I thought to myself, I do have another small turkey in the fridge and plenty of everything else. My family was watching football and after smelling all those wonderful aroma's all day long, they could hardly wait for dinner. Then I announced "Dinner is ready, but we're taking it to Tommy's house" My husband looked a little forlon, but his look also told me it was the right thing to do. My very young son was simply mortified. He said "Mom, we can't do that. They don't want to see anybody right now and what if this and what about that" I assured him that not only was it the right thing to do, but also, the only thing to do. My loving family got their Thanksgiving dinner, even if it was several hours later. Needless to say, we all enjoyed our dinner so much more.
My cooking tragedies
As a young bride I knew nothing about cooking. I was trying to bake a ham, and when I tried to score it and glaze it I just couldn't seem to cut through it. My husband had to show me the little metal piece on the end that was holding a second wrapping. I had neglected to cut it off. After eating spaghetti "mush" one night, he also told me to throw a piece of cooked spaghetti on the wall and if it slid down it was overcooked and if it stuck, it was just right. We were so young, ha ha. I immediatly learned my first cooking term ... al'dente.
Recipe Reviews 166 reviews
White Chocolate Gorp
I use Quispix cereal and the grandkids like Reese's Peanut Butter & Chocolate cereal. You can always put your own spin on according to what you, family & friends like. I like mixed nuts, tiny pretzel twists & thin sticks, red & green M & M's, with & without nuts, whatever, it's all good. Just make sure you melt enough white chocolate to cover ingredients without it pooling on the wax paper. I use two forks to separate it all. We only make it at Christmas so we changed the name to Reindeer Chow.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2014
Frosted Cranberries
Wanting to try this recipe for years I finally have. I wasn't sure how to rate them. For garnishing they were a solid 5+. I put part of the sugar in a foil pie pan and swirled them around and it couldn't have been easier. I removed them with a slotted spoon to a piece of parchment paper. I continued adding more sugar and more cranberries. They were beautiful! When they dried, I promptly popped one in my mouth and thought, oh oh! Although they were sweet & tangy at the same time, I didn't like biting into all the hardened sugar. They just weren't my cup of tea to snack on. I will continue to make and decorate with them, but I prefer not to eat them. I guess it's just me, ha ha.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2014
Roasted Broccoli
I absolutely loved this recipe. I didn't measure the broccoli and I know I had much more than 2 cups. Also, I forgot the yellow pepper. I read many reviews and decided to cut the amounts of the seasoning down a little. I disagree with other reviewers that felt the chili powder "just didn't belong" It was a wonderful combination of spices. I would just cut the spices in half and try it out. I also drizzled the broccoli with the olive oil, then mixed the spices together, then mixed in really well with the broccoli. Yum!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2014
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