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RaisinKane aka Patti

RaisinKane aka Patti
Home Town: Damascus, Oregon, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Sam, the WonderDog!!
About this Cook
When I was a kid my Dad and my Mom (who hates to cook)worked outside the home. My older sister hates to cook. So, I started cooking for our family at about 8 years old. I can't describe the pride I felt in having dinner on the table when everyone got home. I still do today for my husband and son. I love trying new recipes and tweak them until they suit our tastes. My husband and I have been together for 22 years. I have a wonderful, most days anyway, 10 year old son. I have an amazing 25 year old step-son. He shares my passion for cooking. Well, really, he loves to eat. He figured out the best way to eat was to cook for himself! I also have an amazing, hopefully soon to be daughter in law, who is also 25.
My favorite things to cook
My husbands favorite recipe that I make is the Broccoli Cheese Soup from this site. He requests it for lunch almost everyday. I make a huge batch and freeze it in individual containers for him. I like to cook anything that turns out good! Now that I have found the Exchange I have so many new recipes I am dying to try!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family sits down together for dinner every night with very few exceptions. This is very important to me. I hope it is a tradition that will continue. When I am trying a new recipe everyone at the table gives it a star rating just like on Allrecipes.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime my family says, "Wow, this is REALLY good." Also Thanksgiving 2004 I had a sit down dinner for 24 at my house! It didn't start out that big, it just kind of took on a life of its own. But I pulled it off!
My cooking tragedies
I have 2 that really stand out in my mind. 1) I made oatmeal for my Dad one morning for breakfast when I was about 8. I misread the directions and put in 8 teaspoons of salt instead of 1/8 of a teaspoon. 2) I had made chili in a crockpot when I was about 12. I decided to have the leftover another night for dinner. I had put the whole crockpot in the refrigerator. When I was getting ready to heat up the chili (pre microwave days), I just set the crockpot on the burner. Of course, as soon as the ceramic heated up, the crockpot cracked right into two pieces. Chili was EVERYWHERE!! I can still remember cleaning up that mess. AND I then had to figure out something else for dinner.
Recipe Reviews 87 reviews
Polka Dots
I really wanted these to be amazing. I read all of the reviews and decided I was going to go with the exact recipe with one exception. I refrigerated the dough for about an hour. There is nothing wrong with the taste of these cookies but the are very difficult to work with. All the time you save with prep you waste after baking. You have to watch like a hawk in the oven because they go from under to over very quickly. You also have to time your removal from cookie sheet precisely...too short cookie literally falls apart in your hand making a yummy mess. Too long and you need a crow bar to get them off of tray, again, yummy mess. I ended up only getting about 10 servable cookies. the rest were a yummy crumble.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2010
Jalapeno Popper Spread
This is a go to for me. I always have the ingredients on hand anyway so it is great last minute. It is a 5 star as written. I do make some changes because I can't seem to help myself. I use 1/2 sour cream & 1/2 mayo. I also add some bacon bits. Ymmmm. Thanks for the post.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2009
Simple Carnitas
Ok, I did change this recipe by adding ingredients I had on hand. I'm rating it anyway because what absolutely made my carnitas was the oranges. That beatiful underlying citrus flavor was just amazing. Thanks, Ken!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2009
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