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Home Town: Oregon, USA
Living In: Oregon, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I LOVE TO EAT!!!All kinds of different foods. And don't get me started on baked goods. I love to cook also, but I like to bake mostly. Alas, don't do this too often, unless I want to put on weight. I hate that.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to cook is soup. We have them all winter here in Oregon.I have about 20 recipes and am always looking for more. I make a couple at the beginning of the week and hubby and I alternate and eat them all week. This way I'm not cooking Monday thru Thursday. Friday night is pizza. And yes, I make that from scratch too. Had to omit the homemade bread with soup. We were getting roly poly in the middle. Short people (mostly me) can't do carbs. There is no room to store it. Not even for the winter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family's favorite cooking tradition is Spaghetti!!! It is made every Saturday night (previously Friday night)and when my daughters were in school, their friends would come by and partake. My oldest graduated in 2000 and her friends from high school still come by to have spaghetti night. Althouth I use store bought ingredients, I do "doctor" it up with good wine, homegrown tomatoes and lots of good spices. My Family loves it. We have garlic bread too. I have a great way of making this too. We call it Natty bread, as my daughter showed me a great recipe. By the way, she went to culinary school. Must run in the family. My side.
My cooking triumphs
Just about any recipe that is new is considered a cooking triumph. Especially if it comes out good. But my perfect recipe is Turkey for Thanksgiving. I make the best Turkey if I say so myself. It's my grandmothers recipe and it NEVER fails me. Even after the turkey has set out for 1/2 hour resting, when you cut into it, the juices spill out. My husband is always AMAZED! Of course he is always amazed when food is put in front of him. Go figure.
My cooking tragedies
I don't have any cooking tragedies that I can think of. Except when I try a new one and it is not very good. But that's not my fault. Hee-hee.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Almost, almost, almost like my mom use to make when I was a child. They were a bit thick, but that may have been because I didn't roll out very thin, but should have. I added enough shortening till flour crumbled up like making a pie crust. I would like a softer tortilla. Maybe adding more shortening/ or less. I need to refine, but its a good start.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2013
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
This was a very delicious peach cobbler. I had never made anything like this before. Crisps yes but not this. The biscuit topper was amazing, I did bake for 30 minutes as indicated, but next time 23-25 minutes might be better. The sugar caramilized with the cinnamon was quite nice. My husband and I decided we liked it better than peach pie. And I make a killer peach pie.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2013
Remarkable Fudge
It's not that I didn't like it. The flavor was very good. But it never set up well. Followed instructions, even went out and bought a candy thermometer. The temperature never got above 190 deg. I commented on the Recipe Buzz and asked for suggestions and just about all said they had never heard of a fudge recipe that required a double boiler.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2013

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