CATHYAT Profile - (1553492)

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Living In: Aurora, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but I am a stay-at-home mom! My kids (and hubbie) expect me to be able to change tires/batteries in my car and then come in and fix a gourmet meal for them! I love to sew - I'm trying to get an at-home sewing business going. Not an easy task, when I am expected to repair the car, cook meals, take the kids to school,pick them up, clean house, do the wash, and get my business going! Plus I am a Keeper Assistant at the local zoo - my mental life saver! Animals are soooo much easier to relate to than kids!
My favorite things to cook
I really like to cook Crock Pot meals, but the family barely tolerates them! The family does not like spicy Mexican food at all, so that's out! And both of my kids are allergic to all sorts of nuts - so I have to watch that stuff! Thank God my family tolerates my "experiments" in cooking. My whole family loves when I cook Chinese! I love to try out new recipes that are "quick" and "easy". On the weekends I take special care to make things that take time and energy and everybody enjoys. AND makes lots of leftovers!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas I make "Aunt Mary's Nut Bread". An old recipe passed down. Unfortunately, my kids are all allergic to nuts! But I can send the nut bread to various relatives and hubbie and I can eat it ourselves. Every Holiday, I make it a point to make cookies that the kids can decorate. Doesn't seem to matter how old the kids are, they love to decorate the cookies. They may not look edible, but the do taste delicious!
My cooking triumphs
Taco Casserole, Snake Alley Noodles, Aunt Mary's nut Bread, ...
My cooking tragedies
Steak Salad - I lost the recipe. "Aunt Mary's Nut Bread" - because I cannot roll the dough correctly! Taking 12+ hours to cook a turkey on Thanksgiving, because one of the heating elements in my oven died!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Oriental Dipping Sauce
After 106 reviews I don't know what I could add. This was great. Fixed it for potstickers for Christmas Eve buffet & again for potstickers for NYE buffet. My family poured it over everything I fixed from potato skins to fried zucchini to chicken kabobs...they couldn't get enough of it! My only question is how do I reduce the salty taste? I used low sodium soy, but it was a tad bit too salty for me. Less soy, more hoisin? Whatever, this is a staple in my recipe file!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2011
Cheese Fondue with a Twist
The taste was pretty good. The cheese combo is good. But the looks with the basalmic left something to be desired. I used too much corn starch as it thickened up way too much. Not the recipes fault. Gotta watch that! I think it might have been excellent without any cornstarch. And while the basalmic added just didn't look right. Can't find white basalmic. Of course, making fondue once a year makes it hit or miss...miss this year...will keep this - interesting flavor, but will look for others. Cathy

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2010
Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
Initially this sounded good...but then I read the so-called reviews. There were so many changes/additions/deletions I didn't know where to begin. Ladies, make the recipe as is. If you feel the need to change things & not just tweek...submit your own recipe. Otherwise just submit tweeks, not major changes! Sorry for the rant, but I get so tired of reading about a wonderful recipe only to find out it's only wonderful if you make the following major changes...

60 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2009

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