MARILYNRG Profile - (18014200)

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Home Town: Los Angeles, California, USA
Living In: Felton, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a native californian, 63 years old (still can't believe it!) i am single but in a stable relationship with my david for 4 years. i am an artist working in acrylics, pen and ink and currently exploring the world of gourds. i am a singer still doin' it and doin' it good. i have cooked all my life.traveled extensively.i ride a bmw motorcycle with david.
My favorite things to cook
i love one dish type things, but the desserts are the best things i do. i am a cake decorator (self taught) and spent many years doing same for others. got my love of cooking desserts from my maternal grandmother.
My favorite family cooking traditions
i am basically an orphan and so the traditions don't exist anymore. but i have some dishes that i make on a seasonal basis for holidays. red velvet cake for valentines, pineapple yum yum for thanksgiving, grandmas special friut salad for christmas. many types of cakes for the grandkids birthdays (they each have a favorite)
My cooking triumphs
when married we entertained extensively. once we had 12 people to dinner and since my rep has been a good one they were expecting fancy. i set the table with my cystal and silver and best linens and flowers. i fixed beans and ham hocks, fried potatoes, gravy and biscuits and corn. big platters and crock pots. poured milk in the red wine glasses and dinner was served. i did not have a drop of any of it left. i have done large dinners of all mexican theme food and italian food themes as well. i always decorate the table to match what i am doing.
My cooking tragedies
when newly married i made an apricot pie and invited my in-laws over for pie and coffee. i had forgotten to sweeten the pie! my father-in-law, bless his heart ate it anyway. later i was talking to my neighbor who was a chef (i was still only 17 married way to young) and he told me something i have used my whole life since. to any 3 cups of fruit add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. elevates pies to sublime and takes the metalic taste out of berry pies and cobblers.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Cake and Ice Cream Cake
my mother used to make this but cut the angel food cake into 5 thin layers and added fresh strawberries and and drizzles of choc sauce on each layer and then froze it for a couple hours while we made dinner and ate. it was after doing the dishes we had dessert. drizzle a little choc sauce over each slice. i hadn't thought about this cake in years. thanks marilynrg

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2005
Bar Cookies from Cake Mix
i made this thanksgiving,easy,moist,chewy,yummy.i just added a 12 oz pkg of choc chips-it was plenty. baked in 11X15 pan in less time. i sub the butter in almost any recipe 1/2 of what the amount is in an low fat tub margerine and 1/2 butter crisco i keep in fridge. since i bake so seldom with butter, i rarely have butter on hand and so far this has subbed very guy thinks i am a genius. who am i to argue. i am making again this month for dinner with gal friends. marilynrg

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2004
Delicious Baked Chicken Kiev
this is great, but i used crushed crispix cereal instead of flakes. thanks marilynrg

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2004

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