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Meg Champagne

Meg Champagne
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am interested in just about everything. I love learning new things -- that sums me up in a nutshell.
My favorite things to cook
Traditional, quick, easy Mexican dishes as I learned how to cook from my childhood friend's father, who was a caterer. Their family immigrated from Jalisco so I consider myself fortunate to have learned their traditions first hand.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love traditional Milwaukee food as my great-grandmother used to make: butterhorns, schaumtorte, potato pancakes, bologna with noodles, German potato salad (Sentry's was the BEST!), apple knugen, rouladen, etc.
My cooking triumphs
When I was about nine years old, I got home from school (latch key kid) and had a huge craving for boiled potato (how Irish is that). So, with no supervision, I hauled out the pot, boiled the water, and ten minutes later, I'd finished cooking by myself for the first time! My mom was so surprised when she got home from work!
My cooking tragedies
The greatest tragedy is not having spent more time in the kitchen with my great-grandmother. Even though I watched her religiously every time we cooked "together" in the kitchen, once I hit my 'teens, I should have had her show me some things. Now most of those recipes are gone!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Irish Soda Bread Cookies
I omitted the currants and caraway seed, and instead of rolling out the dough, I made teaspoon-ful drop cookies, and flattened them out with my hand. (Also needed to use about 1/3 a cup of milk, not 1/4 as the recipe calls for.) My family ate them up last night and I will be making another batch tonight! THANK YOU for such a wonderful recipe! I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2007
I used the leeks, about four golden potatoes (which is maybe more than a pound) and substituted 1/2 & 1/2 for the milk. This recipe was PERFECT! My family absolutely loved it and I will definitely make it again. We do have a few leftovers from St. Patrick's Day but I'm going to use them to make a kind of boxty. Yum! Great recipe!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2007
Almond Meringue Cookies
The group I made these for absolutely loved them. I thought they needed to be sweeter, and there was something about the texture that just did not appeal to me. I would make these again if requested, or pass on the recipe, but I myself was not too keen on them. (It's also a very expensive recipe to make with the high cost of almonds!)

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2007

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