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Home Town: Junction City, Kansas, USA
Living In: Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I like to experiment with a lot of different things, including basic carpentry, gardening, composting, cooking, sewing (clothing, including tailoring, draperies, slipcovers, etc.), My two daughters and I decorated a candy store (art deco) and built the display racks. My younger daughter and I built a "gymnasium" for our three indoor only cats. This includes carpeted ramps and a stairway so they can climb to the tops of walls, cross doorways, etc. They love to chase each other up and down and all over, and also to sit on the 3/4 wall between the kitchen and living room and watch everyone below. And, we, of course, love to watch them playing! (It does, occasionally, startle first time visitors to see a cat 10 feet up walking along the top of the wall.)
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my favorite thing - including yeast breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls. I don't do much with traditional pies or cakes, but make almost anything else. I'm about to start making cheese with goat's milk. That will be a new direction for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love homemade chunky applesauce with cinnamon, as well as the occasional traditional dinner (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fruit salads, pumpkin pie.) However, as a rule, I like to experiment with new recipes, create some recipes of my own,
My cooking triumphs
My yeast breads are always great successes with everyone, as are my cookies. Many of my triumphs have come from recipes on this site! Today, I'm going to try oatmeal raisin cookies I, and tomorrow, for breakfast, Emily's Famous Hash Browns.
My cooking tragedies
I always thought it was a waste of time to roast a turkey at a low temperature for hours, so, 3 months after I was married, I had my first opportunity to roast a turkey for a big Thanksgiving dinner. Remembering the low temp/long cooking, I put it into a 400 degree oven. Sure enough, an hour later, it was a beautiful golden brown. I carried it proudly to the table, and watched in horror when my husband began to carve and it was raw inside! We had hamburgers that year for Thanksgiving, and I've never served a raw turkey since!
Recipe Reviews 97 reviews
Sadie's Buttermilk Biscuits
Super recipe. I did everything according to recipe and they turned out fine; nice and fluffy. The next time I used butter instead of lard. Same result. One change in shaping - I hate to have to roll out the scraps (Makes the second ones slightly less tender), and also hate to waste anything, so I usually just cut the biscuits with a sharp knife and get square ones instead of round. I've never had any difficulty caused by doing it this way.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2015
Irish Soda Bread
Wonderful recipe! Discovered (after I had begun) only had 1/4 cup raisins,so added craisins, chopped apricots, and finally gogi berries in order to come up with 3 cups total. It STILL came out very good and tasty! I have ordered raisins (black and golden) in bulk, so won't run out again soon! I will be making this recipe agin and again! I keep believing that I will read ALL the recipe directions, before starting, but I keep fooling myself!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2015
Italian Herb Bread I
Great recipe! My only change was to use butter instead of olive oil, which I was out of(!). Then, because it was so good, I decided to make bread sticks from it, and they turned out really good, too. I divided the risen dough into thirds, rolled each third to about 1/3-1/2 inch thickness, cut into about one-inch wide sticks,let them rise second time for about 40 minutes, baked on parchment for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. I think it made about 40 sticks, but they were being eaten right out of the oven before I thought to count them. Big success! I'm going to make them again, for a pot luck, and will also take homemade dipping sauce.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2011
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