mamamel Profile - (15152106)

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Living In: Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a wife & mother who just loves to make good food for her family. I was raised by a mom who homecooked every single meal; I strive to do the same. I work part-time & struggle to come up with new & exciting meals every night, so I am excited to join & hear what others are cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I'm from Minnesota, so of course we love our hotdish! I make a great meatloaf too. I enjoy cooking anything that is "hearty" and "homesyle"; nothing too complicated for everyday dinners. My husband loves to try my new creations, so I am lucky. I enjoy experimenting with different types of foods, such as curry dishes & German foods. I also try to cook healthy; always including fresh vegetables & whole grains where possible. I am developing a passion for organics as well in order to support local farmers and to avoid exposing my family to unecessary carcinogens. I do what I can with what I have.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My famiy always served a German rice pudding with homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. I never cared for it so probably won't continue it with my family. I think the most important cooking traditions I want to continue with my children is to always let them be a part of the cooking process. It may make more of a mess & take more time to clean up, but the memories it creates are lifelong. I always want my children to be welcome in my kitchen, and I always want to make sure & have one sit-down at the table meal with my family every day when possible.
My cooking triumphs
I always enjoy having my parents & grandparents over for meals and getting compliments. When I make something different and my dad likes it (he's a meat-and-potatoes guy), I feel pretty happy.
My cooking tragedies
My husband would say my "apple soft" experience. When I was younger & poorer, I didn't realize that there is a huge difference between butter & margarine. As a newlywed, I was trying to make my husband's favorite dessert (apple crisp), and I used margarine instead of butter. Let's just say it wasn't crispy!!
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
My Country Style Steak
I think cutting up the cube steaks did help them get more tender. I used my kitchen shears to cut them up. I ended up simmering them closer to 1.5 hours because we weren't quite ready to eat. Good flavor and very tender.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2014
GrannyLin's Barbeque Ribs Made Easy
What a great new way to make ribs! In the past, I had boiled mine for 1 hour with seasonings and then baked in the oven. I MUCH prefer this method! I had mine in the crock-pot for a total of 9 hours on low, and they were not mushy at all. Here is what I did, maybe it helped: after the initial 4 hours, I took my turkey baster and sucked off all of the liquid from the crock (fat and water from the meat). It was a pretty good amount-probably an inch or two that the ribs were sitting in. Then I put on the bottle of BBQ sauce. At the end of the 8 hours, per another's suggestion, I did add a little more BBQ sauce on top and broiled them again for 5 minutes. This added a nice stickiness and crispiness to the ribs. They fell off the bone and were very tasty--reminded me of restaurant ribs. Great submission GrannyLin!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2014
Chicken Enchilada Casserole II
My mom started making this recipe several years ago. It's been a trusty stand-by for the harvest workers, for new parents, and for "birthday" meals...we all love it! I pretty much make the recipe "as is", but I don't understand how it could be done in 20-30 minutes! It's a FULL 9X13 pan. I cover it and bake for 1.25 hours, and then I uncover for 15 minutes. Total bake time=1.5 hours. We serve it with lettuce, salsa, and more sour cream. It freezes well.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 7, 2014

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