JOYBOWES Profile - (1560546)

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Home Town: Fort Plain, New York, USA
Living In: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a stay at home mother, for about 5 years now. Going from career woman to housewife was harder than I thought it would be so I dove into any hobby I could find to occupy my down time. That's when I started to cook in earnest. Before that, I could make a few dishes but had little interest in making food myself. I quickly found that I loved it! As a child, I was always just an observer in my grandmother's kitchen but chopping veggies and kneading dough with my own hands brought back all the pleasant memories from my childhood and I was hooked!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Southern food. I had just moved from New York to Virginia when the cooking bug bit so naturally, southern cuisine was one of my first experiments. I also love decorating cakes for my kids birthdays - not very good at it yet but luckily they impress easily.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother could make the BEST pies ever! Her crust was so perfectly flakey. I've tried and tried but still can't consistantly get it to turn out like hers. My family was of German descent and my husband's family is of German and Polish descent so there is a heavy Pennsylvania Dutch and Polish influence to my dishes. I just love the sweet and sour aspect of that type of food. Also, we have lived in many different parts of the East Coast and everywhere I've live, I've picked up some regional dishes - Buffalo wings, Spiedies, Pizelles, Fried Chicken, etc..
My cooking triumphs
Chicken Parm. is one of my best dishes. Crab rangoons took me at least a half dozen attempts before I got it right - that was a proud moment. The first time I made a perfect piece of Southern fried chicken, I think I almost cried.
My cooking tragedies
Hollandaise sauce - I know I'm not the only one! Rice - for some reason this simplest of side dishes eludes me, never fluffy, always too soggy.
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Mini Meatloaves
This really is a meatloaf that lives up to the hype! It was delicious - and I don't believe I've ever raved about meatloaf before. I was a little worried about the oats though...I did not have 'quick-cooking' oats, only regular ones and after I added those in, along with some x'tra breadcrumbs (it just seemed too wet to stick together w/ just the oats) and popped it in the oven, a friend of mine told me "don't use regular oats"!! So, I was sweating it...thinking I'd ruined the dish by not using the 'quick' oats like the recipe called for. Luckily though, I had followed several other reviewer's suggestions and had soaked my oats in the milk prior to adding my meat mixture (grd. beef and grd. pork). I think the soaking of the oats saved the day. It all turned out in the end - great taste, great texture and the kids ate the heck out of it! Next time I'll be sure to use the correct oats though - just to see if there is a difference.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2009
Coney Island Sauce
This was really simple and tasty too! I agree with another reviewer that there wasn't enough liquid in this to simmer it for 35-40 minutes so I just cut that down by about 10 minutes. I love that the ingredients are common ones - I had everything on hand and could whip it up in no time. I also took the suggestion of another reviewer and did throw the browned grd. beef into my food processor for a couple of pulses. Perfect!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2009
Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
I followed the recipe exactly as written and they turned out exactly like the poster said they would! They are chewy and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they did not spread out while baking. These are really good - nice strong peanut butter flavor - and super easy too. Thanks for the recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2009
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