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Grandma Barb

Grandma Barb
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Living In: Brighton, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Music, Genealogy
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Ethan, Janalynn & Grandma Barb
About this Cook
Recipe collector since 'HOME EC' classes in the 1970's - Girl Scouts too! I JUST LOVE ALLRECIPES & ALWAYS use it as my 'go to' resource now before making anything!
My favorite things to cook
I prefer to cook SIMPLY and don't follow recipes for things I make 'often' as I like to change it up a little. Use what I have and substitute for what I do not have. Have always enjoyed BAKING - especially anything CHOCOLATE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is Ukrainian - so as kids, our entire (rather large) group would feast on things like Pierogi/Kielbasa/Cabbage Rolls regularly & lots of potatoes and ham as well. There was ALWAYS dessert after a 'supper' - it was a wonderful tradition I try to continue within my own 'smaller' group. My grandparents lived on a farm in Leamington Ontario Canada and grew tomatoes for Heinz - as well as home grown potatoes, beans, and strawberries. My Mom and her three sisters instilled the love of cooking as they learned from their mother ANNA.
My cooking triumphs
Nachinka is my most requested dish by my niece Emily and my granddaughter Samantha. I have hosted EASTER for many years now (my favorite holiday - Spring & everything 'new again') and when my then 85+ year old "BABA" said everything was "really good" at Easter - That was my most memorable triumph to date :0) When BABA passed away (just before her 100th Birthday) I had just put up a batch of her recipe for dill pickles which I brought to the memorial supper at her nieces home - all my aunts and even my great aunt agreed that the pickles tasted like BABA's pickles - another triumph & 'tribute' to my dearly loved BABA!
My cooking tragedies
When I touched a pot holder to the oven coil while just finishing up the Easter brother-in-law's mother saw the smoke coming out of the kitchen window...since it did catch on fire. Lucky for me my brother saved the day and grabbed the mitt from me..........everything turned out fine - but a cute story.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Dark Chocolate (Paleo)
PERFECT as written ~ I used Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa Powder and just a tiny pinch of regular salt. My Hubby loved letting the chocolate melt in his mouth and get that 'surprise' of the salt! I used a clear candy mold & they popped out easily. Paleo is the way to go for us from now on!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2015
Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits
Giving this three stars for taste & texture ~ agree with another review that I could not roll out this VERY sticky dough. Added more flour while attempting to knead & made the last biscuit the size of three due to frustration with the dough. To my surprise ~ they came out quite nicely...the sticky ones and the drier dough ones.....even the large one. Perhaps using 1 C. White Whole Wheat Flour (along with the 1 C. All-Purpose Flour) made a difference, so I will attempt another trial using 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour next time. Good next day as well ~ did not dry out!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
Yellow Cake Made from Scratch
The flavor is good ~ the cake was not as fluffy as a box cake mix. Moist & dense with a crusty edge ~ which my fiance enjoyed. Used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening. Also 1/4 cup less sugar and 1/2 t. less baking powder. Do sift the flour first & then spoon it lightly into your measuring cup for accurate amount. Beat with electric mixer for about 2 minutes when all the ingredients are added/as with box cake for air to incorporate. Only needed 35 minutes baking time. We definitely LOVED this cake which I 'iced' with a homemade Hersheys recipe for Chocolate Mousse...excellent!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 6, 2014

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