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SWAPS55


SWAPS55
 
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Living In: Highland, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I grew up in the 1960's and didn't learn to cook until I was in my 20's. Then there was no stopping me - it was a creative outlet that I could share with my family. I am a working woman who enjoys music from the era when I was young, classic cars, and horse racing. In my spare time, I like to surf the internet, read a good book, and write short stories, one of which has been published.
My favorite things to cook
I probably enjoy making Italian dishes the most, with my favorites being lasagna and canneloni. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert; I make it with Kahlua and everyone raves about it (maybe I put in too much Kahlua?).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Probably preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal; my mother's bread stuffing recipe is the one both my sister and I have carried on at our own households during the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Most likely it's my baking ability - almost any kind of pie, cake, cobbler, etc. usually turns out very well. I've had a few flops, of course, but overall, desserts are my strong suit.
My cooking tragedies
Roast duck! Nobody warned me it might be greasy; I was a newlywed when I tried it. It was horrible, the raisins in the stuffing were burned to a crisp and floating around in a sea of duck grease. Another time, I tried to make milk gravy; my mother-in-law was a wonderful cook, and her milk gravy was without equal. She didn't follow a recipe and therefore gave me approximate amounts of ingredients. I put in too much flour and it turned into a doughy blob. Adding more milk just made the blob bigger. The spoon actually stood up in it. My husband thought it was stuffing and almost ate it. Not without a sense of humor, I laughed at that mess until my stomach hurt. It would have hurt a lot more if we'd have eaten the gravy.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Baking Mix Blackberry Cobbler
This was SO quick and easy to make! The sugar/water combination makes a glaze that keeps the batter nice and moist. It is a bit sweeter than I'd like which is the only thing keeping me from rating it five stars. I used fresh blackberries and it was delicious served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2012
Blueberry Bars
Very good! I increased the amount of blueberries to 2 cups and also increased the cream cheese to 8 oz., using 1/3 less fat version. It turned out tasty without being too sweet; a nice change from cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling. It's a keeper.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2008
Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers
I cut the recipe back to 4 servings since I am not fond of ground turkey and didn't want a lot of leftovers if it wasn't as good as everybody said. These are great - very flavorful, a little crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside. I cooked mine on a Foreman grill and they turned out wonderful. This one will be added to my low-fat recipe book. Thanks for sharing it with all us calorie counters, this is a great burger.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2008
 
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