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Home Town: Sidman, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Camping, Reading Books, Music
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Oct. 31, 2013 7:31 pm 
When I found out this month as an Allstar in the Ambassador program we would be working with Ore-Ida it brought a smile to my face because my husband's pet name for me is Tater Tot and I have always loved that term of endearment because it reminds me of those early days when we first started… MORE
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About this Cook
Growing up I wasn't allowed to do too much cooking in the kitchen. By the time I was out on my own I realized I didn't know how to cook and considered it a chore. Every time I had a dinner party - what should have been fun turned into a stressful event for me. I followed recipes, but, it seemed they never turned out. When I got married , I learned my husband is one of those cooks who never follows a recipe and just seems to "know" what goes together and it turns out wonderful. After watching him, watching all those cooking shows, and this site I suddenly discovered what used to be a chore was now something I loved to do. I found a style of my own and discovered it really is ok to put your own spin on a recipe. My husband used to do most of the cooking and now I cook every night and love it!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook just about everything. Probably my favorite things though are pasta (so versatile) and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Most of our family food traditions revolved around holidays. We always had enough food to feed an army and there was always extra plates set out for friends or coworkers that couldn't be with family. I try to continue that tradition today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to bake - particularly cakes! It's very rewarding when someone takes their first bite of something you made and has the "Oh, yum" face! My cooking triumph was being able to master my Father's favorite cake his Mother used to make him - a Lane cake. I now try to make that for him on Christmas or his birthday.
My cooking tragedies
Probably my biggest problem is with red meat. I used to be a vegetarian, so, trying to cook something very basic like a steak or even a hamburger is very difficult for me. I seem to always overcook them and then they are dry, dry, dry. For now - that may have to stay my husband's job!
Recipe Reviews 383 reviews
Three Cheese Tortellini with Traditional Sauce and Parmigiano Cheese
Quick and easy dish to get together. I tried the jarred sauce and decided to make marinara to use instead as I wasn't fond of the flavor of the jarred sauce. I did like the fresh basil added to the top of the tortellini. I am a big fan of Barilla pasta, but, I didn't particularly care for the tortellini. Even cooking it the shorter time listed on the box I thought it was slightly mushy and didn't have much filling. I prefer the refrigerated or even the frozen variety instead.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2014
Oven-Ready Lasagna with Meat Sauce and Bechamel
This was very different than any other lasagna I have ever had. I added a little ground turkey to the red sauce to make it a little hardier. I also added a touch of mozzarella to the top so I could get a nice browned cheesy top. I had never worked with the oven ready noodles before and they were a huge time saver and cooked perfectly. I did think the lasagna was a little heavy due to the rich bechamel. I would use the bechamel again, but, with my homeade sauce instead of jarred sauce. I would rate this 3-1/2 stars.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
Pineapple-Lime Rice
This was so easy to get together and a nice change from a plain white rice. It was tangy from the lime juice, sweet from the pineapple, & fresh from the cilantro and green onion. It was perfect with "Unbelievable Chicken" from this site and steamed broccoli. The only thing I didn't like was the rice was a little gummy. Overall, it was a very tasty dish!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
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