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Home Town: Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, USA
Living In: Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm an American living in The Netherlands since 2002. I moved here to live with my Dutch guy, who is fantastic and luckily adventurous about his food. As with many other transplanted women, I resorted to the kitchen after moving to learn to cook a taste of home and gain some control of my new life. It's meant a real turn-around in my cooking talents. I'm much more creative than ever before. It's great!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases of favorites but southwest cooking, Thai and any stir-fry are always in the menu agenda. Traditional Dutch dishes are tossed in there as comfort food for my guy, and I've grown to love the "stamppots" (mashed potato with almost anything else smushed in). Baking is my real love and the downfall of my diet but it's fun trying new skills. Recently I'm trying to cook more healthy dishes so beans and fresh veggies play a big part.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings have been introduced to my new Dutch family to varying degrees of delight. They are amazed at the variety offered for just one meal.. ;^)
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving dinner in NL. Just finding the ingredients was a challenge and then cooking it all in one small oven made it even harder. Creating my own crispy orange cookie recipe. WooHoo!
My cooking tragedies
Good grief, there are too many to list. Live and learn is the key, I guess.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Vern's Roasted Pork Loin Over Sauerkraut
We made this recipe tonight and were very happy with it. I was a little concerned about the addition of the mushroom soup (mushrooms and sauerkraut?) but it ended up lending a nice creaminess to the kraut with no obvious mushroom flavor. I hurried the cooking by cooking the pork longer than just to brown, sauteing the onions a bit and warming the soup/kraut/apple/cranberry mixture in the microwave. This cut the cooking time to under an hour. We'll be making this again and maybe trying adding a few more spices/herbs to it.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2013
Cranberry Chutney I
Folks, please keep in mind that this recipe is a chutney. It's meant to have a "pickled" flavor; hence the amount of vinegar. If you want something more like regular American cranberry sauce then definitely reduce the vinegar to only 1-2 tablespoons. I've been making this recipe for years now and absolutely love it, both as written as chutney or with reduced vinegar as cranberry sauce with an outstanding, unusual spiced flavor.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 27, 2011
Creole Seasoning Blend
This is really good, just as good as any store-bought Creole seasoning blend. What I love is that you can scale the heat and, most importantly for those of us on a low sodium diet, the salt. I made mine exactly as written but added no salt to it. When I cook with it I just add the salt separately to taste. A perfect healthy, delicious spice blend!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2010

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