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Home Town: Waterford, Michigan, USA
Living In: Port Huron, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Camping, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Female in her 50's dodgin' the hot flashes and still cookin'!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking all things. I really enjoy cooking for others.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is all gone now so there are no more get-togethers but I can remember my mom's pie crust. Can you say tough? God love her though she tried, but never mastered it.
My cooking triumphs
I don't feel I have EVER had a "triumph"....yet! However, learning to make my own pie crust instead of buying it was a HUGE accomplishment for me. (and it's good AND flaky!) Does finding my Cuisinart food processor at a yard sale for $5.00 count? I think it does. OH YA! I also picked up a Cuisinart ice-cream maker for 5.00! THOSE are the things I get all goofy about!
My cooking tragedies
I have MANY! LOL LOL But you just either trash the recipe or learn from what you did's all good.
Recipe Reviews 67 reviews
Blueberry Pie
OK.....I have this down to a science. **at least for me** First off....I have never added the salt. (personal prefer) and I use 5 cups of fruit because we like a fruity pie....I DO use the called for 3 Tbls. of cornstarch BUT add 2 Tbls. of instant tapioca. I do my bottom crust and put in the fruit....I take all my sugar, tapioca and cornstarch and cinnamon and wisk it all in a small bowl....pour that evenly over my berries and dot the top w/butter.....lay on the top crust and bake it. This is SUPER SIMPLE and PERFECT.....I feel (JMHO) you don't need a lot of "stuff" in a fresh fruit pie because....well....WHY?! Simple is good and THIS RECIPE? GOOD! A million thanks for posting's going into my forever recipe book. OH! P.S. DO let this SIT and cool off before trying to cut into it or you will have a runny mess...this pie HAS to sit and "gel" if you will.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2013
Boston Baked Beans
CUT BACK ON THE SALT! **unless you are in love with salt** I was so happy I listened to the other reviews where it said that as I tend to not alter a recipe the first time I make it. I cook for 2 people here and halved this recipe and it makes plenty for 2 people. I also used my "mini" crock pot to make these. I soaked the beans for a full day and boiled for 2 hours in the evening and put it all together (minus the worcestershire sauce....a personal taste thing) with a tad more brown sugar and let it go all night on the low setting. I got up and cooked them all day on high and they are very good and not to sweet at all. SO, if you don't want your oven blasting away all day on a hot summers day then start these a day before and put your crock pot to good use.....the effort will be rewarded. THANK YOU FOR POSTING this recipe for us to enjoy!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2013
Cheesy Chicken Meatballs
I kinda don't WANT to leave a review here since I did my "own" thing BUT if it helps someone then so be it. FIRST: I HATE parm. cheese...that being said I left it out. I ground my own fresh chicken breast and added the cream cheese and some salt free chicken herb mixture and fresh bread crumbs and left out the "spicy/pepper" stuff as hubby has sensitive stomach....I DID add dried, granulated garlic. I made 2 patties for pita sammies and made meatballs with the rest. YUMMY and this is a fabulous recipe for being creative and doing your own thing. Ground chicken can be so very bland and IMHO needs a lots of doctoring and this recipe is fabulous....thank you for the inspiration! OH....I didn't add veggie oil but used "cooking grade" melted coconut oil for health reasons.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2013

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