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HOMEKEEPER


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Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Southern, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I'm a wife and mother who really enjoys cooking for others and blessing them with good food and an enjoyable meal time. I've been cooking for over 40 years and still love to learn new ways of cooking and try out new recipes. I have owned a bakery and made wedding cakes for several years, but now have left the bustle of business to settle in to baking and cooking just for my family and friends. I found this site about 3 years ago and have relied on it ever since for ideas, instructions and opinions.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken, Okra, Tomatoes and Rice, Jumpin' Java Pot Roast, Congealed Asparagus Salad, Homemade Cranberry Relish, High and Light Biscuits, Mile High Caramel Apple Pie, Marinated Vegetables, Pound cake, Fresh Strawberry Cake
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving with all the trimmings is such a joy for me to cook. My family loves the traditional foods and enjoys a new recipe added to the menu every now and then. I like to cook a special request meal for our children and my husband on their birthdays and I'm often called on to make wedidng cakes and cater receptions. Several years ago when grandparents became unable to host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I began some of our own traditions. Now the Thanksgiving dinner is at my house and we have a Christmas Goose dinner on Christmas Eve. We have winter getogethers where we play in the snow and then share a cup of homemade hot chocolate or Wassail.
My cooking triumphs
As a young wife and mother in 1984 I cooked a homestyle Southern dinner for our New York friends who came from a family of wonderful Italian cooks. I served baked sweet potatoes, turnip greens, cornbread, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes, fried country ham and a buttermilk pie. The meal was a success and I was so proud to be able share a part of my heritage with our friends.
My cooking tragedies
My husband wanted roasted chestnuts one Christmas. Those aren't something most Southern Girls have opportunity to cook. How was I to know you were supposed to cut an "X" through the shells before baking?? Well, I didn't, I just popped them in a baking dish and turned on the heat. In about 20 minutes we heard what sounded like gun shots from the kitchen! Then more and more gunshots! LOL! What a mess I had to clean out of the oven.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
T Bird's Beef Jerky
I used this recipe with venison and it was very good. Will try it with elk, next. I also used a food dehydrator instead of an oven.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2005
Harvest Rice Dish
This is another reicpe that I use frequently. I don't like the onion wedges in this though. I make the recipe just as written except that I sliver the onion wedges so that the onion is in short thin strips. This reduces the cooking time for the onions (20 minutes) considerably since more surface area of the onions are exposed. I also toast the almonds before using them. PLace the almond slivers on a baking sheet and pop into a preheated 350*F oven. Eacth them closely, they will burn if not tended to. Stir the almonds frequently til light brown. The toasted almonds make the dish taste deeper and nuttier.

33 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2005
Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic
This is a great recipe but I have changed it to suit our tastes. I omit the cream and flour. I add 2 heaping tablespoons of orange juice concentrate and replace the white sugar with brown sugar for a deeper, richer taste.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2005
 
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