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Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Lucy Magoo- trying to hide from camera.
Lestat the Cat, next to exercise chair.
Coco, another camera ham.
Carmella and gang.
Ella, one day old 2.
About this Cook
I am a single woman who is divorced and kids grown and off to college. Very happy alone, like to cook but need to learn not to cook and shop for so much food. It is hard after two decades of cooking for a crowd.
My favorite things to cook
I love chicken, but I cook what is on sale now. I like teriaki dishes, cheese and egg, pasta and most of all sweets. Trying to learn to put a healthy spin on everything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My kids all look forward to the ole family favs. Casseroles, dips, my fried chicken and desserts and lots of hot drinks. We used to cuddle up on the couch with our favorite blankets and drink outlandish hot drinks when we watched movies on weekends and at the end of Holiday get togethers. Actually, any recipe they loved as children. They are learning to love other peoples cooking now that they have left the nest, so sometimes they seem to not love all things quite as much as when they were kids, but the ole recipies still bring back family good times I think.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered carrot cake, for sure. No one has the recipe I use and it is an absolute favorite all the time. It was passed to me by my mom, so I am not bragging. She did this cake very well. I also think I make kuchen and fried chicken pretty good also.
My cooking tragedies
You name it, I have fubbed it up. However, I try to learn by my mistakes. I also love zucchini and I served a new recipe (which I had raved about) to my friends- who had heard I could cook and were anxious to come to dinner at my home. I don't entertain much anymore, but when I finally did I made this recipe I thought would be fool proof. Boy it was awful, awful, awful. Hard to beleive anyone who could cook would serve it, but it was a main at the dinner. Honestly, I think some of my friends were shocked and wondered if I had lost a screw upstairs. I have learned not to serve anything I haven't tried and made my own. I used to be able to take any recipe and it came out ok, but now that I don't cook as often, I seem to have lost my touch with new recipes. So...only the tried and true recipes for company from now on.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Carrot Gelatin Salad
My mom in law made this salad or a version of it and it was really different and tasty. She used lime jello (she said any citrus flavor would do-good with lemon also), she added small chopped celery, shrredded or chopped fine apple, shredded cabbage, a bit of pineapple and carrots- the amounts of each are to your liking or what you have on hand, and last but not least, onion. Yes, onion. She always served it cut in squares on lettuce with a dollop of mayonaise sprinkled with paprika on the side. It looked special and it always added a refreshing treat to our meal. Yummy.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2011
Grandma Ople's Apple Pie
I used to make a pie just like this which everyone loved, but I lost the recipe and it never came out quite right. I also lost my reputation for the best apple pie maker. I believe this is the recipe I have been looking for. The only difference is, instead of using water you substitue apple juice. This pie is just fantastic. I made a trial run this weekend, and there is just a sliver left this Sunday evening. No one wants to be the one who finishes the pie. I, however, have no problem with that, so after I finish this I will finish the pie. Love it, but next time I am going to substitue apple juice for the water!!!!! Also, I have to pre bake the crust for a few minutes or the crust will come out soggy in the center. Good luck.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2010

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