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Cathy M.

Cathy M.
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Living In: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm born and raised in the mid-west. In fact, I still live in the same area where I was born. I'm married for 29 years and have 4 sons, ages 23-29; two of whom still live at home. When the boys were younger and all still at home, we always made it a point to sit down to dinner together every night, which in this day and age seems to be a rarity. I love to try new recipes, even though it has been hard to please everyone all of the time! I learned to cook by watching my mother as I was growing up, as well as just by trial and error. One of the first things that my mother bought for me when I first moved out on my own was a cook book. I love to have extended family over for big get-togethers, and they all seem to love the things that I cook for them.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are homemade soups and stews, as well as casseroles. I guess that I just like one-dish meals because they cut down on cleanup time! Most of the time I don't follow a recipe when I make soup, so that can be a problem when I want to make it again and it doesn't quite come out the same way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't think that my family really has any cooking traditions. When we get together with extended family, we each have a "specialty" that we are all expected to make. That can get pretty boring sometimes!
My cooking triumphs
I can't really think of any cooking triumphs that stand out. I do remember the first time that I cooked Thanksgiving dinner and it turned out very well, even though I didn't really have a clue as to what I was doing. That was many years and many turkeys ago!
My cooking tragedies
Nothing major as far as tragedies in cooking. Just the basics - cakes that didn't rise properly, cookies that didn't turn out quite like expected. My husband likes to cook every once in a while and he made something once that we still tease him about. He was watching the Food Network and decided to try a recipes for "Egg Balls" that he saw Emeril making on the show. He followed the recipe exactly, but they were horrible! No one in the family liked them, including himself. They were hard-cooked eggs, peeled then wrapped in raw sausage. Then they were breaded and deep fried. He made something like 2 dozen of those things, and no one would eat them. Not even the dog!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
MMMMM... Brownies
These are SOOOO good! I prefer fudgy brownies over cake-like ones, so these are right up my alley. I've made them twice now, doubling the recipe and baking them in a 9x13 pan. This recipe is so much easier than my usual homemade brownie recipe, but tastes just as good, if not better. I think my oven was running hotter than the set temperature the first time I made them, and the brownies puffed up all around the edges but stayed sunken in the center. They still tasted great, but the next time I used an oven thermometer and adjusted the oven temp so it read correctly and the result was much better.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2011
Mike's Favorite Grilled Cheese
I have never really considered how to make a grilled cheese sandwich a "recipe", but I guess that I just assumed that eevryone knew how to make one! I didn't know that there was any other way to make grilled cheese. I have making them like this my whole life, learning from watching my mother. For those that mentioned the sandwich getting too brown before the cheese is melted - just turn the heat down to about medium low- the cheese will be nice and gooey and the outside toasted just right.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2006
Rempel Family Meatloaf
My family loved this meatloaf! I doubled the recipe and made it into two loaves. I don't use a loaf pan to bake meatloaf in - I just form it into a loaf shape and bake it in a 9 x 13 baking dish. I used the tip to place bread slices under the meatloaf before baking, and it worked great! The meatloaf wasn't at all greasy, as many other people said. I think the key is to follow exactly what the recipe says and use LEAN ground beef.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2006

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