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Naomi Witzke

Naomi Witzke
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Living In: New Hope, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a fifth grade teacher, 32 years old, married, no children yet. My love of cooking comes from my mother, who is an exuberant and creative cook. She cooks with her hands, which is probably why I love the feel, smell, sight, and taste of the cooking process. I believe cooking is as much an art as it is a science. It's one of the things I look forward to doing each day. It's a creative process that both relaxes and energizes me. I am also passionate about using foods that are as fresh and close to the earth as possible.
My favorite things to cook
Almost anything! I love to test new recipes, and my wonderful husband is very receptive to my "experiments." I love meals that are full of fresh, whole ingredients, and we are trying to eat more meatless meals during the week.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We are a Norwegian family on my side, so I love lefse and krumkake. My paternal grandmother was an incredible cook who wrote notes in her recipes like, "Don't be afraid to stir vigorously," and drew detailed diagrams for how to shape cookies. My mother would cook fun meals like "whimsy bread," which was a calzone that the kids would shape into whatever suited their fancy, filling with their favorite pizza toppings. From these women I learned to relax around food, smell and taste it as it is cooking, and be brave enough to trust my own instincts.
My cooking triumphs
I have been told that my hummus and beef stew are great. I also love marinating meat for the grill and making Indian curry with cumin-flavored basmati rice. I have recently learned to add fresh herbs like cilantro and basil to my green salads and sandwiches, which takes them to a whole new level!
My cooking tragedies
One time when I was in 5th or 6th grade I was making chocolate cake with a friend. We forgot to add the egg till after the cake was put in the oven! We hurriedly pulled out the pan, cracked an egg into it and stirred it into the batter as best we could. The result was a tough cake with bits of weird scrambled egg in it. Yuck!
Recipe Reviews 63 reviews
Homemade Plain Yogurt
I am the original submitter of this recipe. Just wanted to say that you can also make this in the slow cooker - I just tried it last night and it came out great. It takes about twice as long (14 hrs for me) but it's mostly hands-off, so you're not tied to the kitchen or hovering around the stove.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2011
Italian Chicken Marinade
Delicious! Also great sliced on top of a green salad. Will make again and again!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2011
Stuffed Pattypan Squash
Delicious! We have recently joined a CSA and since we don't eat a lot of zucchini we were looking for recipes to use with it. I first tried this with two small pattypan squash, and it turned out beautifully. Tonight I cooked a big yellow summer squash by boiling it whole for 10 minutes, sliced it in half lengthwise, scooped out the middle and proceeded like I did with the pattypans. I think the long squash was easier to work with, but the results were very similar. Any summer squash/zucchini would work fine. I increased the bacon a little since it is JUST SO GOOD, sprinkled a little extra parm on top and drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil before baking, to brown it. YUM!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2010
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