MARGARET N Profile - (1659696)

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Home Town: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Living In: Centennial, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been married for 30 years and have 5 wonderful children. 3 in college and 2 college grads married and out on their own. I grew up with a mom and dad that both cooked and made lots of international cuisine. My mom was featured in the Denver Post Food section twice when I was a kid. Once for her Chinese recipes and once for her Italian recipes. It's fun to look back on the clippings with the photos and recipes from when I was little. I love teaching people to cook. in addition to teaching my kids I regularly teach small groups of friends or friend of my kids how to cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. Cookies, cakes, pies, doesn't matter to me as long as I get to bake it. I enjoy cooking international dishes. Indian food is a favorite at our house as is Italian.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my favorite traditions is that the day after Thanksgiving, the women in the family get together and make Danish Peppernuts. We have had 4 generations and it has gone on as long as we have been in America. Before that they made them on the 1st day of December. We are also a family that eats dinner together almost every night. There are so many kids that are at my house and stay for dinner who say that they never eat dinner as a family and that their parents do not cook ever. That to me is so very sad so we have made it a priority to all be home for dinner. It has not always easy with 2 high school kids and many schedules, but we make it happen. I love cooking with my kids and am happy to say that they all can put together some great meals.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean dark dense chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream icing and Heath bar bits in it. It is what all of my kids want for their birthday cakes every year.
My cooking tragedies
Only one- I made a meatloaf a few years ago that was so bad that even the dog wouldn't eat it. I had tried a new recipe for meatloaf and it was terrible! Other than a few burned batches of cookies from forgetting to set a timer and getting busy with something else I really have not had too many disasters.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Caramel Popcorn
This is the best caramel corn recipe in the world. The ratings don't lie! Everyone loves it at Bunco and at parties. For a twist I melt some semi sweet chocolate chips, between 3/4 of a cup to 1 1/2 cups, depending on how much popcorn I want to cover, and toss some of the the baked, COOLED caramel corn with the chocolate until evenly covered. Spread out on a covered tray to cool. I store the chocolate covered corn in a seperate zip lock and then mix in with the plain caramel corn when I am ready to serve it. I like half chocolate covered and half plain but I love chocolate. A ratio of 1/4 chocolate to 3/4 plain is similar to Harry & David's Moose Mix but it tastes even better.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2008
Oklahoma Cheese Grits
This recipe is our family's favorite cheese grits recipe. Fluffy and wonderful! Only use 1/2 tsp of salt though. Last year we (30 of us) did a side by side comparison at Easter with the original recipe and a reduced fat version. I used this recipe and made it with half the amount of butter and light processed cheese and everyone liked the lower fat version better than the original. Just an option. It is also wonderful made with grated sharp cheddar cheese instead of the processed cheese. Great recipe Mollie!

83 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2007
Burgundy Pork Tenderloin
This was a wonderful recipie. Easy and very very good. It would be great for last minute company.Takes no time to put in the oven and tastes great when it is done. it also smells heavenly while it is baking.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2002
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