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Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm an older, working Mom. I was married 19 years before having my first child. I am trying to instill a love of cooking and good food in my son. He loves helping me in the kitchen. He's 4 years old and he can crack an egg without breaking the yolk.
My favorite things to cook
Two things that my son enjoys most are the things I enjoy most: Home made pizza night and Salad Party night.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grilling, watermelon, and home made ice cream on the 4th of July.
My cooking triumphs
There are several, but there was one thing that took me the longest to make and therefore made me proudest: A traditional fruit cake for Christmas one year. I spent 2 months on it because I soaked it in bourbon cheesecloth once a week. It was certainly "potent" to say the least. ;) My brothers enjoyed eating it, although they also said we could use it to fuel the fireplace for the entire winter if we wanted to...
My cooking tragedies
This is an easy one: I came close to making Curry Powder Men instead of Gingerbread Men. Haha! The labels on my Dean and Deluca spice rack have fallen off on a few of the tubes and, well, the curry powder sure did look a lot like ginger. (I tasted the dough before baking, thank goodness.)
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
No Bake Deluxe Hamburger Cookies
Simply magical! Kids adore these and it's so easy to be creative with them! I admit, I was scared they would look great but not taste that good, but I was wrong. Because I love caramel, I was planning on substituting the keeblers caramel cookies (as per other reviewers). I'm glad I couldn't find them. If you use the peppermint patties for the "burger", the taste is similar to thin mint cookies, but even better. I used yellow and red tinted icing for "mustard" and "ketchup". I forgot to get gum drops so I omitted the "pickle". The fruit rollup "cheese" added a nice chewy texture to the mix. Finally, I forgot sesame seeds so I used some chocolate sprinkles I had on hand...I used a touch of water/corn syrup mixture on top before putting on the sprinkles to make them stick better. I guess I had poppy seed buns. :) Everybody at the Easter family get-together I took these to were thrilled and took pictures of them. Thanks for this great idea!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2011
Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake
Since I found this recipe several months ago, I've been doing this about once every 2 weeks as it has turned into my husband's favorite meal! I made as written the first two times and it's awesome like that, but I have tweeked it a little bit: I add chopped celery and chopped garlic when I saute the onions. I don't soften the peppers at all before baking, I just chuck them in the pan raw and bake. (They still come out soft, but I like the texture better--I felt they were overcooked when I precooked them before baking.) Sometimes, I also add carrots. It adds more color and a bit more flavor. In this way, I use all green bell peppers so that I can save money (the red peppers are quite a bit more expensive here) yet I still have a colorful dish. Thanks for turning me on to a family favorite!!!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2011
Absolute Best Liver and Onions
I've always love liver and onions when it was made correctly by other people, but I never liked my own. Thanks to this recipe, that has changed. Soaking the liver in milk really did take out most of the bitterness of the liver. Plus, I was overcooking my liver. Wow, some simple tips that really make all the difference in the world. With the price of meat escalating these days, cooking cheaper foods competently is a crucial skill. Truth be told, I'd prefer a good calf's liver to a ribeye any day. Thanks for the help!

25 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2011

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