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Home Town: Defiance, Ohio, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Retired after 32 years in nursing. 3 adult children, 2 grandchildren...LOVE THEM ALL BUNCHES!!! I was badly injured in an accident about 20 months ago, (she was drunk & hit me, and died on impact) have had multiple surgeries on rt lower leg, now the left knee. Rode & maintained my own Harley for years prior, so this was a 180 degree change for me activity-wise. I walk with a cane, but not as spontaneous as I used to be, so I'm home more. I love to cook and bake, and share all with family & friends...ESPECIALLY at family get-togethers. (Can you say BBQ? LOL) Many of my recipes & dishes are requested frequently by all. I have lost #260 over the last couple years, so I try to cook & eat healthier still, but found the way to that is start FRESH. Thanks for reading my profile!
My favorite things to cook
Oh, just about anything from Lasagna or Sunday Gravy to Lemon Bars, or an Icebox cake. I do pretty good with Homemade Fudge and P. Brittle, too. Favorites are Thai food (fresh) and anything I can do with Chicken. Stir frys are great. I actually prefer thighs and drums. In winter, I pass time by doing big crockpots of soups or roasts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a cookbook that my mom got from the Ladies Auxilary in my hometown when I was about 2 yrs old. (I am 57) It has a lot of great old recipes that I can remember my mom, aunt and grandmother making. The women in my family also share my Aunt Phyl's Beef & Noodles...OMG! A blast from the past! Corn Relish, Fried Cabbage, Dandelion Greens, pickles, and Strawberry Preserves all came from grandma's garden. And my great-grandma's Butterscotch Pie. I got my hand smacked when I was a kid for sticking my finger into one of those as it was cooling. Worth the slap! ha ha
My cooking triumphs
my family likes good Lasagna, and when male family members do repairs or anything for me, they request payment in "Mom's Lasagna" made from a recipe (in my head) that I have tweaked to suit our tastes over the years. I slice hard-boiled egg into the layers! I know...sounds crazy, but my family LOVES it! I have made gifts of my Double Fudge Pecan Brownies, and they are a regular request as well. I did PorkFried Rice, and Pork Eggrolls (from scratch) for 75 people once in my tiny apt kitchen (at the time) along with 3 dipping sauces, and all were a hit!
My cooking tragedies
Still having trouble learning to bake with Splenda...and my Bean Soups never seem to have a lot of flavor. Trying to figure that one out...any ideas? Would be much appreciated.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Gourmet Pretzel Rods
You can do so much with these! I made them 2 Christmases ago, and I remember rolling them in the chocolate, and then we sprinkled all kind of little candy things on them, and nuts. At the family party, the ones that went fast were the ones that had crushed up plain Lays potato chips on them! we were eating chips while making these, and horsing around, so someone came up with the idea. Have made them again since, and ...yep! They are darn good! Get inventive!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2013
Shortbread Crust
This is a great recipe as-written just for the texture of it, and the richness. But I wanted to add more flavor, so I put in 2 Tablespoons of lemon zest, and 1 tsp. of almond extract. I patted it into a 9x13 baking dish, followed the baking instructions, and when it was cool, I cut it into bars about 3.1/4 inches long and a little over an inch wide. I then dipped 1 end into a semisweet chocolate ganache, and sprinkled finely crushed macadamias on the chocolate end. family loved it! You can tweak this recipe with different flavors of add-ins and coatings, but you still have that great shortbread to start with. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2013
Seasoned Crackers
my grandkids are all about ranch dip or dressing...they would put it on breakfast cereal if we let them. LOL. This is a great after-school snack, but I cut the oil to 1/2 cup, and no garlic. That's it!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 3, 2013

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