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Home Town: Defiance, Ohio, USA
Living In: Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a single woman who is always looking for a reason to cook. I get great enjoyment from it. I am the person who will order a meal out and then go home and desperately try to recreate it.
My favorite things to cook
Care packages. Whether its good news or bad, home cooked meals are always appropriate. So whether a friend has just brought her first child home from the hospital or another is facing a challenge, there are generally a couple meatloaf, some scalloped potatoes, chicken lemon rice soup, and homemade cookies coming their way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother's noodles. It may be a very midwestern thing, but every holiday growing up included, Beef and noodles served over mashed potatoes with a side of corn and a bread roll! Dr. Atkins would pass out! I have never been able to replicate my grandmother's noodles, but I'll keep trying.
My cooking triumphs
One of the best parts about cooking a meal is presenting it. I hosted a very last minute surprise bridal champagne brunch (for a bride who was stressing about finding a wedding dress). The result was a delicious, beautifully displayed buffet full of stuffed French Toast, breakfast meats, mimosas and such. It was perfect - I was so proud!
My cooking tragedies
There are probably too many to list. I attempted to make a leg of lamb for "Orphan's Easter" one year. It was so awful - beyond rare! It was so underdone that the "juice" from the meat ran around everyone's plate which affected everything else. No one ate! So I ended up with a bunch of people who were starving and tipsy because we kept drinking wine - UGLY!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Transparent Pie
It is exactly what the recipe reflects - super sweet and heavy. It was a very pretty golden brown. I am giving it two stars because I think the result is true to its description. I think I just need a bit more complexity of flavor than sugar and butter.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2011
Cherry-Berry Pie
I decided to try this pie three weeks ago and have now made it three times for different holidays and potlucks. I have brought home an empty pie dish each time. I made it exactly as directed above and it is lovely. The actual size of the canned cherries called for doesn't exist in my area - replacing with more berries works just fine.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2011
I was surprised I enjoy the anise flavor it's perfect with a cup of coffee. My only tip to those who would like to add other ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruits - I would recommend chopping them up as larger pieces get in the way when you are trying to slice the loaves after the first baking. Enjoy!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2010

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