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Home Town: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in PA (Pennsylvania) and I'm sure the locals understand that one... I grew up near Lancaster County--where the Amish reside. My favorite dish is called Hog Maw which has become a family tradition. My Grandmother (Ma) would chop potatoes and cabbage for hours to fill several pig stomachs. Ma would then bake it for hours; it's an all-day affair. As a child, I abhorred the idea, Pig stomach, hated the smell, and refused to eat it. My Mom tried to make a "sausage casserole" once and I of course refused to eat it since I knew it was a pig's stomach based upon the smell; GROSS! However, being in the Army for the past ten + years has changed my life. My first assignment was Korea. I tried Korean food and loved it. So, while I was on leave from Korea and in PA, I finally decided to try Hog Maw and loved it! Now, whenever I am on leave, Ma makes Hog Maw for me. My ENTIRE family knows that when Ma needs to go to the local butcher for a pig’s stomach, Lori’s coming home!
My cooking tragedies
My 1st Thanksgiving in Korea. I invited a college friend to my apartment for Dinner. I bought a 4 lb. turkey. The turkey was frozen when I bought it and although I tried to defrost it in my fridge, on Thanksgiving Day, it was still frozen. So, Thanksgiving morning, I pulled it out of the fridge and put it in my sink filled with water. When I returned home from church, my Korean cat was eating through the plastic and eating the raw turkey! I called Shawn and he told me to cut away the chewed meat and cook it. (What else are you going to do? It’s not like you can go to WalMart!) So, I stuffed the turkey and hours later we ate a turkey that the cat enjoyed first. I guess with all the stress I forgot to add water to the stuffing…We had to throw it away. Shawn didn’t like my creamy mashed potatoes, he prefers chunks and then he said that he hated sweet potatoes. But after one bit, they became his favorite!
Recipe Reviews 210 reviews
Ground Beef and Rice with Cheese
I used long grain rice and it was horrible, tough, pellets! Use minute rice. I tried to salvage the recipe by using a Progresso tomato soup which has more moisture than a condensed soup but the rice was still though after another 30 minutes. After using another can of Progresso soup, and more time on the stovetop, it was edible but not great. Perhaps it would be better with minute rice but I won't try this again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2013
Orange Cream Fruit Salad
Delicious! I use sugar free vanilla pudding (1 oz.) vs. the 3.5 stated in the recipe. I rinse and drain all the canned fruit in my salad spinner adding the oranges last. I mix the vanilla pudding, 1 cup milk, and 1/2 cup light sour cream, and 1/3 c. OJ concentrate and refrigerate overnight. I refrigerate the canned fruit overnight and drain the extra juice the following morning. Mix the canned fruit and dressing together. Soak the bananas and apples in the pineapple juice and add to the salad before serving--the bananas do not keep well in the salad. Maraschino cherries are an excellent addition to the salad but they must be drained and rinsed separate from the other canned fruit otherwise the pineapple will turn pink. Loved by everyone! Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2013
Hamburger Casserole
I didn't have the canned chili and celery so I omitted them. I used 7 oz. of macaroni noodles which I had on hand and cooked for six minutes. The lack of chili made the recipe look dry so I added one 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and 1/2 c. hot salsa vs. 1/4 c. salsa. If you heat the ingredients on the stove, as directed, bake at 250 otherwise bake at 350 as recommended by others. Following the recipe instructions is the key to the bake time. With the addition of tomato sauce, I also added a 1-2 cloves of minced jarred garlic for additional flavor. I warmed in the oven then added cheese during the last five minutes of the bake time. The kids loved it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2013
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