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Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I spend 85% of the day in my kitchen. My kids love to spend some time there by my side. I believe teaching kids about good food, smart food choices, and how to prepare foods which bring joy to others is crucial step toward nurturing in them a healthy heart of service. Why cook/bake if there's no one to enjoy it.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking just about anything. I'd like to be more adventurous but my family's overall culinary tastes are not particularly daring. I do like to make meals which with holiday themes. Like Lafayette's Chicken on President's Day. Yum.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pizza, pizza, pizza. Every Saturday night for as long as I can remember my family gathered round the kitchen table mixing, shredding, slicing, and chopping the fixin's for our favorite weekly treat. It was the one time I can remember the whole family (Dad included) getting together in one place each creating a personal masterpiece. My four slices were always covered with pepperoni and onions. My mom and dad's loaded with the works--including anchovies... That childhood tradition continued into my adult life and has become my part of my own family's life routine. It is in fact my signature meal amongst friends and family including ty teen daughter's circle of friends. Even if she wasn't home they'd come over just for the pizza!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering my gramma's apricot filled cookies.
My cooking tragedies
Tuna burgers. The first time I made them I completely changed the recipe around and they were delicious. The second time I followed the recipe and instructions to the letter. The result...grimaces all around the table. If we had had a dog I wouldn't have inflicted those things on him!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Braised Lamb with a Sour Orange Marinade
I prepared this dish for a Seder meal at my church on Maundy Thursday. I doubled the recipe and served 40 guests (with a chicken dish available also). Having such a large quantity of cubed meat required browning the meat in several batches. (I tried just browning in the roaster, but it didn't produce anything to deglace) After placing the last batch in a 450 degree roaster I deglaced the skillet with all the marinade and then poured those juices into the roaster also. I left it on 450 degrees for the first half hour and then let it roast for 3 hours at 250 degrees. Then I .removed the meat and the juices from the roaster and placed them into more attractive serving pan. It was positively melt in your mouth DELICOUS. Every single person tried a at least a small portion (even the kids)and was delighted by the flavor and tenderness of the meat. One woman pulled me aside to say, "I do not like to eat lamb, it tends to taste a bit too gamey for me. But honestly, I would never have known it was lamb if you hadn't explained the menu before service." Others remarked at the delicous taste and inquired of the marinade ingredients. I'm not sure exactly what "sour oranges" are but I did find Cara Cara oranges and they seemed to do the trick, though I did add a little lemon juice for good measure. There is no doubt I will make this recipe again perhaps with beef when no lamb is available.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2011
Play Dough Cookies
These fun little cookies were a treat to make. I'm a little OCD and wanted to make mine come out picture perfect! After rolling out four cookies I discovered just the right "twist". They came out looking awesome. The only drawback for me is that my house gets to be over 80 degrees in the summer and this recipe is NOT for a hot kitchen. I guess that means I'll have to bake ahead and freeze. As to the one "flavor" complaint (which I just now read) try cutting the vanilla to 1/2 tsp and adding 1/2 tsp flavoring of your choice. I used raspberry (because it matched the purple, blue and pink cookies...OCD). They taste sooo good!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2011

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