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Home Town: Upstate, New York, USA
Living In: Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Camping, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm from NY state,moved to Fla. over 30 yrs. ago where I met my husband.We lived in Fla. for several more years,then started traveling,living in an RV with our cat.Eventually ended up back in NY,but moved to Pa. a few years later.We both are retired now,which gives me plenty of time to get back to my first love: cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking and baking most foods,but I'm not a fan of gourmet. We never ate "fancy" food growing up,and it still doesn't appeal to me today.Got my love of cooking from my mom and both of my grandmother's.It runs in the family and my nephew is now a professional chef with his own restaurant.So proud of him.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We grew up in the country,so we were raised on good old home style cooking. Fresh veggies from the garden,pot roast on Sunday's,chicken and dumplings,meatloaf or pork chops and gravy were the norm.Always homemade breads,desserts,home canned fruits,pickles, jams and jelly.Then there was the hand churned ice cream in the summer.Those were the days.
My cooking triumphs
Every time my husband compliments me,which happily is very often.
My cooking tragedies
Have had a few,but the worst was a beautiful chocolate cake I made for a party I was attending many years ago. It was my mom's recipe and the frosting was amazing,but not a good choice for warm weather.For the top of the cake,she would decorate it with chocolate leaves and I insisted on doing the same.It looked beautiful, until we were about half way to the party.The frosting was getting very soft and the layers started to slide.By the time we arrived,well let's just say it was no longer a beautiful cake.But everyone ate it and it still tasted great.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Basic Beef Stock
I made this stock yesterday and was expecting to get a rich beefy result.I chose this recipe due to it's high rating, however, I neglected to read through all the reviews first. I am so sorry I didn't. What I ended up with was a flat vegetable broth. I followed the recipe to the letter, even buying the bones (plus an extra meaty shank) from a local butcher shop (and paid dearly for them). I went to the grocery store today and bought another 5 pounds of soup bones. After roasting, they are now in the pot along with my "vegetable broth" from last night. I will probably try this again, but will be sure to follow the advice of many reviewers;roasting the bones at a lower temp for several hours and will also try using the neck bones as well. It could be that what we know as soup bones no longer hold the flavor they once did. I don't know if the way the animals are raised today has anything to do with it. I know it can change the taste of meat, flavor of milk, etc. I hope that my final result will yield a strong enough beef flavor. If not, this will be one very expensive vegetable broth.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 1, 2013
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Really enjoyed these potatoes. Good flavor,nice and creamy.Will make again soon.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2013
Bacon Chicken and Dumplings
My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe. Fixed this exactly as written,but will make a couple of minor changes next time.I thought the dumplings mixture was a bit thin,so will follow the recipe that is on the Bisquick box for those.We also thought the gravy was a little too thin,so will try thickening it just a bit before adding the dumplings.Other than that,this was a very tasty,stick to the ribs cold weather meal.Will definitely be making this again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2013

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