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momevans4x


momevans4x
 
Home Town: Petoskey, Michigan, USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a SAHM of 4 homeschooled kids, a devoted wife of a railroader, and I love to cook and read about cooking. My kids are inheriting my love of this, I am so thrilled about that. I have dreams of being a midwife/doula someday- that's after the kids are grown. ;) Habitat for Humanity is something I strive to help with when time permits someday too.
My favorite things to cook
I love changing up recipes into something I can call my own. Homemade Mac and Cheese of course is a family favorite, I also love doing appetizers. Chicken wings are always a hit, omelets, mashed cheesy garlic cauliflower is a new favorite. Chocolate chip cookies of any variety are so much fun to change.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes THE BEST apple pie. I much prefer pie to cake, so she often makes this for my birthday. She's in California, so I only get one every few months when she visits. She is teaching my son how to bake them, he's 4 1/2 and he loves helping Nana. She doesn't peel the apples, and has this amazing tender flaky crust that's to die for. Light on the sugar, she doesn't need it as she used Jonathan and Macintosh apples. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dabble of butter before she places the top crust on. Brushes the top with cream and sprinkles with sugar. Mmmmmmm.
My cooking triumphs
Prime Rib this last Christmas. Roasted in an herbed salt crust. Oh my. All natural angus beef. Medium rare for mom and my hubby, medium for the kids and I. We loved it!
My cooking tragedies
Ah, well that must be the "Barf-Stew." Just days after my husband and I were wed, I decided to be domestic and make him a crock-pot stew with some bear sausage we had. Don't ever slow cook sausage, #1. #2, don't decide to puree the carrots instead of adding them whole. You get the picture...
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Homemade Butter
Very good made with raw organic cream from pastured grass-fed cows. The high vitamin content and good saturated fats make this a staple in our home. All we use is flax oil (as a condiment only), EVOO, raw EV-coconut oil and homemade butter. I am learning more about culturing butter, I'd love to see some of those in here. To the lady who thought this is cheaper than store bought... I get 1 qt. raw cream for $8, and I get 1# of butter out of that. Not bad for health food IMHO. ;)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2008
The Best Double Chocolate Chip Cookie
Oh Oh OHHH!!! This is really the best recipe ever! Okay, I tweaked it a little, here's what I did. I used 1/2 a heaping cup cocoa powder, all butter, added a teaspoon cinnamon, and a smidgen of cayenne pepper. It doesn't add spice persay, just some warmth that goes so nice with the sweetness and the richness of the chocolate. I also substituted 2 c. 60% bittersweet chocolate chips, and 1 c. chopped almonds for the 3. chocolate chips. These came out so crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. I baked them for 10 minutes, they were perfect. I used my Silpat instead of greaing a pan.I have a keeper here. I gave them as a hostess gift at my Bunco group last night. She loved them. I love how there isn't a huge long list of ingred., just simple and well proportioned. I have always had trouble making cookies, but this was foolproof. Enjoy!

46 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2007
No Butter Choco-Chip Cookies
Oh this one is AMAZING! Very soft and chewy, just what we were looking for. I doubled the recipe and this carried us through a weekend of softball tournaments. I didn't have butterscotch chips and didn't want to add more chocolate so I added some trail mix that's heavy on the seeds like pumpkin and sunflower, and nuts and raisins to up the nutrition content. My 9 year old made these all by herself. Thank you for the great recipe.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2007
 
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