VAR122 Profile - (18328415)


Home Town: Crivitz, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a surgical first assistant by trade; I did pursue a dgree in Culinary Arts; but the medical field is way more stable and better benefits. I may pick it up professionally in a couple years...we'll see
My favorite things to cook
Mostly savory things. Not too much on baking/sweets. I look for more healthy entrees when possible.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom & I like to get together around the holidays to bake treats and candy; of course there is atleast 2 bottles of wine involved!
My cooking triumphs
Knowing the 'basics' has helped me along with practice, practice, practice over the course of 30+ years starting as a little girl helping mom peel apples for pie! I knew I "graduated" when at age 11, I could make the family 5 weekly loaves of bread...from scratch & definitely NO bread machine!
My cooking tragedies
I've also had more than enough of these! All part of the learning... I'm a believer that a person will never become a better cook with trial & error. Thankfully, I'm mostly on the "triumph" side of things :)
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Diane's Colcannon
Followed exactly, turned out great. I am serving a Guinness Beef Stew over the top of the colcannon with a side of Irish Soda Bread. I KNOW this will be a new St. Paddy's Day hit for our household :)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2015
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
I made a double batch of this recipe to bake in 2 separate 8" pans. Before pouring into the pans, I tasted the batter and this is definitely a SWEET cornbread! I made a 3rd batch, omitting the sugar altogether, to stir into the double batch of batter I made. This, of course, cut down the sweetness. I divided the batter up into 3 pans, baked as directed & the bread came out moist with a crisp crust. I will use this recipe again, but will only use 1/4 cup to only 2 Tbls of sugar....just a personal preference.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2014
100% Whole Wheat Pancakes
Good & easy. I added more buttermilk to "thin" the batter a bit; personal preference. Served these with real maple syrup & strawberry/blueberry sauce.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2014
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