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Miss Claire

Miss Claire
Home Town: Texas, USA
Living In: Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Spaetzle Perfection!
Southern Life!
About this Cook
I'm learning more about cooking every day. I love to create and to share the excitement of new recipes and new ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything with carbohydrates! However - that does not mean I am a carb freak. I just like to make good breads, cookies, pies, and cakes. My second fave would be meats. The Hungarians have such wonderful techniques for bringing out the ideal flavors in any cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to "weird out" regular recipes, and I especially love "kitchen sinking" recipes. That is - I'll add rosemary to my shortbread cookies, jalapenos to my lemonade, and make a loaf of bread with leftover oatmeal, butternut squash, wild rice and black strap molasses. Somehow it all turns out amazing!
My cooking triumphs
The very first time I entered any foods in a state fair contest, I entered one item in each of three different categories. Surprise! At the end of the fair, I found out I had won first place in ALL THREE of the categories I had entered. It was my "so there!" moment to myself that all my "weird" foods are not that weird after all.
My cooking tragedies
It took me ten years to learn how to cook bacon without burning it! I always used to get distracted and would end up burning all of it. Now i just lay out the bacon on parchment paper, put it on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake it in a slow oven with a timer (and sometimes also with a back-up timer!). So far, this is the only way I have ever been able to cook bacon without killing it!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
German Spaetzle Dumplings
WOW! I didn't have potatoes, was too lazy to make wide egg noodles, hubby doesn't care a lot about rice, what's a cook to do? Make spaetzle! This recipe is perfect!! Here are my tips: Before you begin, put a big ole pot of water on the stove to boil. Get a collander out and set it inside a pie pan or other shallow dish. Set this next to the stove. If you are a messy cook like I am, consider covering the work area around the stove and/or knobs loosely with tinfoil. This will make cleanup easy. For the easiest way to mix up the spaetzle dough, just put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, like a gooey glue. I used a ricer to make my spaetzle. I fitted the ricer with the medium hole disc and set it on a plate next to the stove. I turned out the dough from the food processor into a mixing bowl, then I could just scoop out the dough with a big spoon or a small measuring cup and fill the ricer. Since the ricer was on a plate, the oozing goo didn't go all over my cooking area. I picked up the ricer and held it over the boiling water and gently, slowly applied pressure and squeezed out the dough/batter. I cooked the noodles for about 5 mins., then drained in the nearby collander. After that, I warmed bacon grease in an iron skillet, sauteed the spaetzle for a few minutes and then dressed them with salt and pepper. I served mine with Hungarian Paprika Chicken. OH, heaven! This recipe is soo easy and really is the best. Thank you!!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2012

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