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Living In: Canal Fulton, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am the mother of 4 daughters that are very picky eaters. I cook a sit down dinner almost every night.My husband and I believe that it is very important for us to have dinner as a family as much as possible. It doesn't matter so much as what's for dinner, but that we eat and make dinner time part of our family time. My husband it my #1 fan! He raves about my cooking to all of his friends. He enjoys most of what I make for him, as do my girls. I am a stay at home mom/wife so I have alot of time and fun experimenting with recipes and really enjoy finding new and exciting recipes to bring to the table from this web-site!
My favorite things to cook
I am a baker at heart. I love to bake the most! I enjoy making breads of all sorts, cookies, pies, cakes and all types of desserts. I love to cook my own spagetti sauce, homemade salsa, sage and bread stuffing, rotissiere chicken off this site (my family's favorite Sunday dinner). I basically enjoy cooking anything that brings smiles and happiness to those that I am cooking for, to me that what it's all about.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a family of great ladies, that can cook! I loved helping my grandmother knead bread dough. My grandfather always tells me that everything I make or bake has a secret ingredient, (it's made with love). I try to carry that thought with me whenever I make something,whether it's a hit or not. My absolute favorite tradition, is my Grandma always had a cake or pie or dessert of some sort to serve, if she new you were coming. I'm not sure if there was ever a song, but my grandma would sing to me "if I knew you were coming I'da baked a cake"!
My cooking triumphs
I made a coconut cream pie that I always get requests for, also just last year I made a coconut cream cake for my mom's birthday, that she wants again this year. I have prepared Thanksgiving dinner for my family now for several years, and that thing that I am most proud of is that everything is homemade. I have a tradition cornmeal roll recipe that is own of my favorite rolls. It's like dinner roll, not a cornbread.
My cooking tragedies
Boy, have I learned some valuable lessons from my tradgedies. I made my husband homemade spagetti sauce, and don't know what possessed me to puree the spagetti sauce, but it dished him up and passed the plate and it slid right off the plate! Several years ago when I was still considered the junior grunt cook, I made fresh pumpkin pies right in front of my family, of course they were talking to me, not watching me, and I rolled out and whipped up 3 beautiful pies without 1 drop of sugar in them!(Oops) I also undercooked peanut brittle one year, and it was so chewy it could have pulled your fillings out. This is probably "thee" cooking blooper. I love homemade bread, but years ago, there were no bread makers or anything that made it easy to bake bread. But there was a new invention called a microwave. Yes, I did attempt at baking bread in the microwave. Needless to say my craving for homemade bread would have to wait for another day, as my bread was as hard and as heavy as a brick!
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
My kids loved this recipe! These cookies turn out soft and chewy. I did add 1/2tsp of salt, but that is all I changed. These sure didn't last long at our house, and I've already made them again twice!! Fantastic recipe!! Thanks.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 21, 2005
New York System Hot Wiener Sauce I
My entire family enjoyed this coney sauce! The only thing I did differently was cut the recipe in half and browned the meat with 1/4 cup of onion and 1/4 green pepper and I did omit the ginger. Terrific to freeze and keep for those "hot dog nights".

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2005
Crabby Cliff's Mushroom Puffs
We tried this recipe with some high expectations,as I love crab, however, I didn't care for this recipe. I added parmasean cheese, and cut back to 1/4 tsp cayenne. They looked very pretty, but I found the taste to be very "crabby" (I used good bagged and refrigerated crab meat).

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2005

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