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Home Town: Hospers, Iowa, USA
Living In: Maurice, Iowa, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping
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Family vacation St. Louis Arch
About this Cook
I am a farm wife with 2 kids. I am a stay-at-home mom, although I think I am busier now than when I worked outside the home! I help with some of the messy things on the farm as well as take care of the bookkeeping. I love to cook, love to be outside, and am hooked on stamping and scrapbooking--when I have time. I am also a do-it-yourself-er and have had lots of practice remodeling our century old farmhouse. We are very proud of our family farm and my kids are the 4th generation to live here. We hope to pass it on to them to continue the family business for many years to come.
My favorite things to cook
Because we raise beef cattle, beef is the main course most of the time, but I have learned to be very creative in fixing it so it's not the same old supper night after night. Creative things are my favorites, although the family requests sour cream enchiladas and triple chocolate brownies more than anything else. Good thing they're both easy to make! I love finding new recipes and try to cook over the fire pit as much as I can.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was a kid, I would stay at Grandma's house every summer for several weeks. My Aunt Linda and Grandma and I would bake tons of goodies while I was there. My mom also loves to cook and that love was passed on to me in the time we spent together in the kitchen. Now I love to have my daughter and son help me with baking and meals, and it gives me some quality time with them doing chores that need to done anyway. They don't even know it's supposed to be work!
My cooking triumphs
We have a tradition on my husband's side of the whole family getting together at one house each month for a big Sunday potluck. Each family takes a turn being the host home. I love to put on a huge spread when it's my turn and almost always get a hug from my husband's uncle--who is normally a very reserved guy. I really look forward to out-doing myself each time to get that hug!
My cooking tragedies
I don't know if I have one specific tragedy, but I have sure burned my share of things. Family and friends call me all the time for cooking advice and recipes and say what an awesome cook and baker I am. I credit all those burnt offerings to my current success. If I had given up back then, I wouldn't be the cook I am today. My best advice to a new cook is to not be discouraged. Practice makes perfect. That's the only way to succeed with anything in life. (I sound like my Mom. Oh, boy.) :)
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Sweet Grilled Steak Bites
I use a product that I get in a local grocery store called "Cavender's Greek Seasoning." Reading the label, it contains salt, pepper, corn starch, garlic, oregano, onion, parsley, and "other spices". It kind of tastes like Mrs Dash, but with a little more pepper. You could probably use that if you want.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2009
Chocolate Pudding Cake IV
This cake has a bit of a wierd texture, but is awesomely sweet and sooooo moist. I have given out the recipe several times. It has been a huge hit at my house! I serve it as the base of a sundae with ice cream and a little chocolate syrup on top. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2006
Basic White Bread
Very easy to make. I made this several times and it keeps falling in the middle when it bakes. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it still bakes really nice and tastes good. Always soft in the middle and works really well for sandwiches. I'll get that falling thing fixed one of these times! Thanks for sharing!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2005
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