Carson Profile - (16716033)


Home Town: Keokuk, Iowa, USA
Living In: Petoskey, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a recently retired home builder who has always loved playing in the kitchen. I began learning to cook when the fish and game I brought home needed someone with a little culinary expertise to make it palatable. My sweet wife hadn't a clue :<(. Since then, I've only kept expanding my horizons by listening, reading and experimenting.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Crazy-Simple Cottage Ham, Potatoes, and Green Beans
I had a craving for ham yesterday and found a 2 lb. cottage ham at a local grocery. I'd never heard of that type but noticed they were rather pricey so I figured it was most likely a finer cut. I was right. Yay! I believe most any kind of decent ham would work in this recipe. However, the smaller size and shape of of a sliced cottage ham really helps make a mouth watering presentation at the table! Wish I'd taken a picture. I changed the recipe slightly because of what was in my root cellar. I used about 1 1/2 lbs. of baby German Butterball potatoes (similar to Yukon Gold), a qt. of canned Black Valentine Green Beans and 4 small Stuttgarter Yellow Onions ends trimmed and otherwise left whole. Quite frankly, I think one could use just about any variety of these vegetables. I can't imagine the combination of these 4 simple ingredients getting screwed up. Aside from that, I followed the preparation instructions to the letter, making sure to cook the potatoes just to the point where they could easily be pierced with a fork. Then I drained the whole pot into a colander and literally dumped it into a ceramic baking dish for serving. On a cutting board, I sliced the ham a generous 1/2" thick then transferred it to one end of the serving dish. Thanks Michael for the inspiration. Down home cooking just doesn't get any better than this!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2015
Strawberry Cream Pie To Die For
Excellent! Of course, I'm always a sucker for fresh strawberry pie. I made my own crust b/c the store bought ones taste just like grocery store pie. Hmmm... imagine that! I also made my own glaze and let it be a bit chunky. As a result, the strawberry topping turned out not quite as firm as I'd hoped, but that was no fault of this recipe. I'll just add a bit more cornstarch next time. The cream filling was divine, and as the name of the recipe indicates, this pie truly is "to die for". I'm making another tomorrow to take to a benefit dinner!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2013
Tender Italian Baked Chicken
Wonderful the 1st time. No, OUTSTANDING! However, i'm getting ready to make this again, but will be adding rosemary, thyme, & oregano. I'll also mix 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard in with the mayo. I'll also be placing the chicken on a wire rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Serving with Rosemary/Asiago Cheese Bread, and Grandma's Green Bean Casserole from this site (replacing the cheddar cheese with provolone slices).

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2013

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