GARRIDANN Profile - (18397118)

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Home Town: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Mom of 3, with a home-based business, I used to cook more elaborately than I have time for now. I took over my mom's kitchen at age 9, since she hates to cook. But she loves food and taught me how to follow recipes, so I had all the tools I needed to make cooking my favorite responsibility in my home. I have always been a free-spirit in the kitchen, but as my own children are beginning to find their way around the kitchen, I am wanting to record some favorite dishes so that they can re-create them in their own homes in the future.
My favorite things to cook
I pride myself in using a wide variety of local organically grown vegetables and fruits in season, in dishes appealing to my whole family. I love baking desserts, especially pies, though I have to confess I always buy the pie crusts so I can concentrate on the fillings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookie making with both my parents: dozens of batches of Toll-house, paper-thin sand-tarts, my Grannie's soft sugar cakes... it's an event that spans several days with many children assisting.
My cooking triumphs
My chocolate mousse: sometimes I run into old friends who remember enjoying it 20 years ago!
My cooking tragedies
My brother brought to dinner a very serious girlfriend when I was 16, and I wanted to impress her and honor her Russian heritage with a traditional Russian salmon dish. I had no fresh dill, so used dill seeds, then overcooked it. She married him anyway, but no one in my family has forgotten it!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Mint Tea Punch
I served this tea (with minor alterations) to the guests at my daughter's slumber party, and it was just wonderful. I was looking for something to keep the girls hydrated and refreshed as they gabbed late into the night, and this worked great. I used fresh lemon juice, but only half what is called for, used 2 tea bags of herbal mint tea in place of the fresh mint, and used just a little less than half the amount of sugar. I served a double batch of this punch alongside a popular milk/sherbet punch, and the girls drank all this one first (even though it was much less sweet). What a lovely change of pace from too-sweet punch!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2007
Asian Coleslaw
This is a family stand-by. We've been using this recipe for 5 years, and my children love it. It goes by the name "peanut butter cabbage salad" in our house. The only significant changes are I use my blender for the dressing to make it nice and smooth, and I often decrease the amount of cabbage since we love the dressing. Sometimes I only have one kind of cabbage, and while it's not as pretty, it still tastes amazing. I also don't always have all the other veggies, or have different proportions, and it still gets gobbled up by the kids. This is a keeper.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2007
Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer
This was delicious! It doesn't taste exactly like what I'm used to in our local Indian restaurant, but it's so good we don't mind. We did use a few substitutions based on what we had on hand: minced candied ginger in place of fresh, skipped the hot peppers & tomatoes & cilantro, and 1/2 c. plain yogurt in place of the sour cream. We also skipped the blender step since my kids won't eat their veggies if they don't look like veggies! We loved the ricotta made into the paneer, but it took longer than we expected to get it the the right consistancy: about 15 minutes. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2007
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