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Home Town: Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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Blog...  9 posts
Apr. 22, 2013 6:20 pm 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2013 8:20 am
Idea for a blog but my mind is scattered so please bear with... Up at the Poppy's house and want to cook for him. I make things that he may not cook. So yesterday I made Hummus. It's his recipe but he does not make it. He wants it with tofu. I make it when I'm up here and he says… MORE
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About this Cook
Maiden name McCartney,the red is from Great Gpa. He came to Colorado from Scotland in his kilts. Love quilting and my family. My sons bring the "red" out in me by calling a quilt a blanket. Fiance and I live in a HUD home that we are remodeling slowly into our idea of what wonderful will someday be. Ah heck, it's wonderful for us to have our own house & not sleep in our vehicle. We had both experienced that B-4 we met each other. SO NEVER SAW that one coming. Sleeping my truck at 39? We agreed we wanted a house B-4 marriage. B careful what you wish for. So we moved in w/ no bathroom, no heat,no gas, we cooked our dinners in an electric wok on the kitchen "counter" that was a door horizontal with a sink installed in it. We had 5 roomates and no shower,garden hose led from the only hot water hookup through the living room to the side walkway,we showered behind the gate. No roomates these days.Thank goodness. Now, we shower inside & talk to friends who made their old house happen. Life!!
My favorite things to cook
Yeast bread. My Mom told me often that bread is one of the best things in life. I tried to make it starting at 9 years old. No idea what a "stiff dough" meant or how to treat yeast. Steadfast, my Mom would eat that just baked slice of a brick and tell me it was good. Then my Dad got into the mix. Thank goodness for his analytical skills. Shortly after that he taught me the why's and wherehows of yeast baking. Love it. Worked at a few bakeries and still the most fun is bread at home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One is Scotch shortbread from my Granny & Great Aunt Elsie. My Poppy tells me that the original recipe said to "start with a wee bit o stinkin butter".
My cooking triumphs
Can make a mean pot of green chili, but the prob is that I taught one of my sons and my guy how to make it. They took over! Now when I make it the two of them are in the background telling me how to do it! AAaargh!!! You guys! Do you remember who taught you this recipe? (My ex MIL taught me.)
My cooking tragedies
I HATED cooking & loved baking. Baking is more precise. Finally realized I'm a good cook (10 yrs. out}. Had to feed the kids. Then one night I went to bed, heard an explosion downstairs. The hard boiled eggs burst & decorated the kitchen ceiling. I was tired! Ooops.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Spinach Brownies
These were delicious. I sauteed the onions plus a few chopped mushrooms and then added 10 ounces of chopped spinach to wilt down, all in 2 tablespoons of butter. Then went with recipe and added the rest of butter melted to the batter. Used part grated mozzarella and a bit of swiss. Stirred it all together and sprinkled a little parmesan on top before baking. Yum!!! We were having meatball sandwiches and these went so well with a bit of spaghetti sauce.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 28, 2012
Don't Chicken Out
Not quite sure what to say about this recipe. It did come out tangy but still bland. We added some roasted Anaheim chiles and used 1/2 tsp. ground cumin and 1/2 tsp. whole cumin. Not sure how much balsamic vinegar my guy put in. The sauce was much more flavorful 8 hours later after the spices had a chance to meld and assert themseves. We are going to use the rest of the chicken and sauce for enchiladas tonight. The flavors were not there in such a short cook time. Might try again.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2011
Bread Machine Rolls
These came out great. I used milk 1/2 cup plus 1/2 cup water at 110 degrees (because no powdered milk in house). Added yeast plus a bit of the sugar to the liquid ( had to check because my yeast was a bit old). Then dumped yeast mixture into dry ingredients in bread machine. Used 2 cups AP and 1 cup whole wheat white flour. Added 3 teaspoons of gluten which essentially makes Ap into bread flour. Used dough cycle on machine and but checked as the dough was kneading in machine. Added 2 tablespoons of water because the dough felt dry. It varies sometimes because of humidity in air etc. Then followed recipe. Great results. Happy results. Only 3 roll/buns left and they will be headed out for lunch sandwiches today. We will make this again and again.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2011
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