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LIZZYG2


LIZZYG2
 
Home Town: Connecticut, USA
Living In: Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Cooking is a creative outlet for me: improving, improvising, experimenting. The challenges now are to make favorite family recipes healthier, and to learn to cook for two or four instead of a crowd. I use weekends to entertain or prepare meals for the coming week, so there are still many opportunities to practice the art. I have a collection of literally hundreds of cookbooks, and another collection of over 100 teapots, so I love to combine the two interests at a holiday tea party.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my first love; currently I turn out lots of cranberry banana nut bread and orange raisin scones...and pumpkin or blueberry muffins...and cakes, apple cobbler, yeast breads and kolach. With the help of my daughter and son in law, I have made homemade tamales (for my Mexican-American husband)- it takes all day and every pot in the kitchen, but it was a wonderful feeling of achievement - the tamales were excellent!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to cook for a crowd - family gatherings of 35 people or so, parties, lunches at work or church. Now the family gets together to cook the dishes our Hungarian Mother used to make, chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage, stuffed peppers, goulash soup, wonderful nut or apricot pastries -and share memories while passing on our cooking traditions to the next generation.
My cooking tragedies
Since I come from a large family of 8, there were few tragedies - there was always someone who would eat whatever I cooked, good or not-so-good!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker
We also add peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, paprika, caraway seed and sometimes carrots - delicious! This recipe is like a stew with a rather thick sauce. Those who found the smoked paprika not to their liking might try cutting the amount of smoked paprika in half, especially if they used less beef. Those who found it bland might want to add a half teaspoon of marjoram or caraway seed. The best rule of thumb is to make it as written the first time, and then adjust it to your taste the next time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2013
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
My family scraped the crockpot clean! I substituted whipped cream cheese with chives and green onions for the plain cream cheese - otherwise made as recipe directs. These are delicious, moist and flavorful, and they hold perfectly in the crockpot until I am ready to serve. No more last-minute mashed potatoes at big family gatherings!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2011
Ron's Bread Machine White
I substituted white whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I used "dough" cycle and baked the loaf in the oven for easier slicing. The loaf was beautiful, high and brown. The crumb and texture were perfect, no crumbling or air bubbles. It makes wonderful toast, and tasted better the next morning than it does hot from the oven. I will definitely make this one again; maybe I'll try adding raisins and a little cinnamon or grated orange rind and dried cranberries.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2011
 
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