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Cyndi K.

Cyndi K.
Home Town: Brecksville, Ohio, USA
Living In: Suburban Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking
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Cyndi K.
About this Cook
I have been cooking since I was tall enough to reach the stove(over 50 years). My mother was a wonderful cook and made most of our meals from scratch. I learned from her and went on to experiment on my own. I am not formally trained, by any measure, but I make healthy, tasty meals from everyday ingredients. The only drawback is that when my children went to college, they had a very hard time eating "dorm food"...YUCK! I find it disconcerting that the "younger generation" thinks cooking is opening a box and following directions. It's an adventure to take raw ingredients that don't cost a fortune and put them together to make a tasty and nutritious meal.
My favorite things to cook
My favorites are some very old fashioned standards like beef stew, pot roast, my special spaghetti sauce, and plum dumplings. I make lots of soups too. Baking is my passion, especially some old eastern European recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My plum dumplings and a traditional nut roll called "Potica" are my prized recipes. Both are time consuming to make but well worth the effort and both recipes are generations old.
My cooking triumphs
I think feeding a family of 4 well balanced and tasty home cooked meals almost every day is certainly a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
One of the funniest mistakes I made was in making pumpkin pies. I forgot to put the sugar into the filling and didnt realize it until I took the first bite. YUCKY!!! I rescued the pies by scooping out the filling, adding the sugar and mixing well, then smoothing the filling back into the shells again. Believe it or not, it worked beautifully. It looked a little funny, but it tasted just fine after the fix and the whipped cream hid the look of the pies.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes (or Sunchokes)
I roast sun chokes along with other veggies like onions, bell peppers, cauliflower, and zucchini. The recipe calls for way too much oil... just use enough oil to coat then add whatever herbs you like and a little salt and pepper. I usually roast at 400ºF for about 40-50 minutes, stirring around about half way through. Delicious, nutritious, and easy.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2014
Easy Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
This is a great base recipe. You can easily vary the vegetables to suit your tastes and to make it your own. I use orange bell peppers, onions, cauliflower, fennel, artichoke hearts, and zucchini. I also add ricotta cheese (to me it's not lasagne without it) and some fresh spinach to the layers. This is a rich and decadent dish that can easily be served for a holiday meal or when you have guests. A definite keeper.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2014
Kofta Kebabs
I made this using ground lamb and pretty much followed the recipe except that I did not use the cayenne. I subbed fresh peppermint for the parsley and cut back on the garlic to only 3 clove. I put 3 "patties" per metal skewer, making 12 patties in all. Wow, so tasty! My son, who doesn't like lamb in any form loved this. We put the patties in pita with homemade tzatziki sauce, thin sliced onion and tomato, and shredded lettuce. I will definitely make this again. Not difficult and very flavorful. This recipe is a keeper, for sure.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2013
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