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Dianemwj


Dianemwj
 
Home Town: Burbank, California, USA
Living In: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Paula and me at The Jamaica Inn in Cornwall
About this Cook
I love to cook, I have been cooking for my family for over 40 years, first for my parents and then for friends and family. I collect cookbooks, I have over 1200. I enjoy having friends over for a "theme night" where I serve menus from various ethnic cuisines. "Chinese night" was voted the best, with "Indian night" coming in a close second.
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with varied ethnic dishes. We have a wonderful international market here in Las Vegas where I can find all sorts of exotic ingredients. Once after several weeks of ethnic meals, my husband asked me to please cook something that "originated on this continent". I also like to cook comfort foods, and regional specialties from the good old US. I'll try anything once. Luckily, my husband will eat just about anything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother didn't really like to cook, and she worked in the evenings, so I started cooking dinner when I was about 12. However, I still like to make Thanksgiving dinner exactly how my mother made it, with some small enhancements. Her stuffing is unrivaled.
My cooking triumphs
I once made Christmas dinner for my in-laws in Iowa (over 25 people). My mother-in-law doesn't like to cook, so she just helped with the chopping and clean up. Whenever we visit she turns her kitchen over to me. (I adore my mother-in-law) I served Roast Pork with Balsamic Vinegar sauce, Twice Baked Potatoes with Swiss Cheese and Green Onions, Creamed Spinach Casserole and several other dishes including desserts, all from memory. My in-laws all loved the meal, and my nephew ate 5 potatoes. My sister-in-law said that she had never had food like that (in a good way)
My cooking tragedies
I once tried a gingerbread recipe from a German cookbook. The recipe called for a 10 inch cake pan and I didn't have one, so I used a 10 inch pie pan. The batter rose very high and spilled all over the oven. The recipe said not to open the oven for at least 45 minutes, so I let it drip and burn on the oven bottom all that time. What a mess. Baking is not really my forte. I am much better at savory meals.
Recipe Reviews 261 reviews
Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes
To bump up the flavor a little, I browned the onions along with some mushrooms and fresh garlic before adding them to the crockpot. I had made another green bean recipe from this site where one just put the onions in the pot raw and I thought it would be better to brown them first. Also, instead of water I just put in one can of chicken broth; I figured the slow cooking process would extract enough liquid from the ingredients to cook the beans, and it worked great. As other reviewers suggested, I used chunks of leftover ham instead of ham hocks. This came out quite good and we enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the post, GRAMMYROSE.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2012
Green Onion Cakes
I was concerned after reading some of the reviews which stated that the dough was bland. So I followed the advise of another reviewer and added salt, white pepper and onion powder to the dough. That seemed to do the trick, and otherwise I followed the recipe. I did sprinkle the cakes with additional salt when they were done as well. These were terrific and my husband and I gobbled them up. Thank you so much for the recipe, spicyme!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2012
Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp
I had to use Fuji apples because that's what I had. I also used about a cup of frozen whole cranberries intead of dried and sprinkled them with a little Splenda. Then I followed the advise of other reviewers and added a little cinnamon. We enjoyed this dessert and I'll definitely make it again. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2012
 
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