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Mom of five

Mom of five
Home Town: Nevada City, California, USA
Living In: The Beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean
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About this Cook
I am a busy mom of five kids and grandma to one! I am married to my best friend and sidekick. Soon we will be empty nesters, beginning a new phase of adventures. I was raised vegetarian and began eating meat regularly in my early twenties. Although I still serve vegetarian meals at home about half the time, I can say I will never give up eating meat by choice! Cooking for me is an escape. I love feeding my people! My challenge in the near future will be learning how to downsize our meals! Being creative is essential for me. I grew up with artist parents and have followed in their footsteps. I have designed in the accessories industry for the last twenty years. Cooking is a wonderful way to use your creativity AND get an important job done for the family. My hope is for my children to look back on their life and remember how special and important our mealtimes were together. My wish is that they value mealtimes and continue to make it a priority in their families.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father is Italian. My grandparents came here from Italy and settled in the Santa Clara/San Jose area as wine makers and farmers. My great grandma was renowned for her authentic old home recipes and was known to host the entire neighborhood for meals on weekends. I would say the tradition of always having room for "one more" at the table is most appreciated by our family. We are always sure to make great grandmas recipes on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter where of course, there is always room for more!
My cooking triumphs
I would have to say that my overall triumph would be having children with open minds to a wide variety of foods and ethnic styles of cooking. It may be because I have a short attention span! I'm always searching for a new eating experience whether I am at home or on the road. My 14 month old grandson loves grandmas spiciest dishes!
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
First I must say it is oh so very simple and delish! I agree with reviews saying that pork loin is not the best choice. Butt or shoulder is great. I have made this recipe several times (10-15!) as my large family loves pulled pork sandwiches. A few drops of liquid smoke added to a full liter of rootbeer gives us our favorite flavor. (If you use liquid smoke, be careful not to over do it. You do not need very much! ) Changing the BBQ sauce can give you a slightly different flavor each time. We love heat in our family so homemade spicy sauce is our preference although this recipe still is wonderful even with your bargain BBQ sauce. Yummy yummy yummy. Enjoy!

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Reviewed On: May 16, 2013
Quinoa and Black Beans
I made this recipe twice. First as written, second, with a few changes. I used only one can of black beans the second time as two cans made the bean taste too overwhelming. I also added additional garlic and used tomato based chicken bullion. The family thought recipe as it was written was just okay. The second version received rave reviews! This recipe is a great basic starting point to tweak according to the specific tastes of your family.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2013
Roasted Beet and Potato Soup
Amazingly simple and delicious! I made a double batch then added an extra cup each of beets and potatoes as I wanted to use up what I had. Served eight happy campers for dinner. What a great way to incorporate beets into a meal! This is a fabulous starter soup that can be tweaked in so many ways. Glad I found it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2013
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