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LA Harperman

LA Harperman
Home Town: California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Music
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About this Cook
Female 46 Married with one fur kid
My favorite things to cook
Fish Chicken Beef side dishes desserts That really narrows it down, huh? LOL
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have a lot of cooking traditions on either side. We try to stay current in all we do.
My cooking triumphs
This Christmas' Prime rib dinner. I might be an "older" cook, but up until recently, I was more of a micro wave it or order it in kind of person. I created our holiday meal entirely from scratch this year and it was both surprisingly easy and tasty.
My cooking tragedies
Like I said, I haven't really been cooking long enough to have any real tragedies, but the hamburger casserole that I tried to cook in the oven came out really bad. It never dawned on me that all of the grease would cook out into the dish, which was really stupid, because - hello! I make tacos all the time and have to drain the grease. Duh!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Hands down THE best (and easiest) mashed potatoes I've ever made in my life. Follow the directions to a "T", and you'll agree that they are everything they're advertised to be. Thanks for sharing, Chef John!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2012
Mom's Hearty Beef Stew with Dumplings
Awesome! I had to tweak it a bit, but only because I didn't have a some of the ingredients. No olive oil, so I used canola. No gravy mix, so I used onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup. No turnip, so I used a can of diced tomatoes - Italian style. I also used a bag of frozen stew vegetables instead of fresh. Because there was no gravy mix, I had to thicken it up with a bit of flour and cold water, which worked out great! Made the Bisquick dumplings to accompany and it was DELISH! There is no need for any other stew recipe, IMO.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2012
Beef Stew VI
I hesitate to review this because I made a few adjustments, ( most out of necessity) but boy, was this good! Like others suggested, I coated the meat with a little flour and some seasonings (garlic powder, pepper, minced onion and a little seasoning salt) and browned in my stew pot. I didn't have bullion cubes, so I used a packet of brown gravy mix instead. I also added a can of diced tomatoes and a packet of onion soup mix. No cornstarch, so I used flour as a thickener. No fresh veggies, but I did have a package of frozen stew vegetables, so I added those in with about 1/2 hour - 45 min to go. Very, very good.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2011

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