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catholic soup queen

catholic soup queen
Home Town: Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, USA
Living In: Ohio, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Avid recipe reader. Have a great, nearly 4 octave, singing voice. Love to cook but with my physical limitations, I do not have much strength or energy, so I take short cuts to get good things cooked and on the table, to enjoy with those I love. I don't use artificial coloring nor ordinary shortenning, because I believe they are both detrimental to my husband's health.
My favorite things to cook
I love creating soups, Casseroles, anything to combines my veggies with my protein. Turkey and Chicken are great whether whole, ground or in pieces. I prefer main dishes that are saucy and not dry.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family mealtimes are a great tradition that started with my family of origin. All of us come to the table, give thanks and share our food and stories of the day. I am grateful that I can still call my mom and ask her those favorite recipes I grew up with and share. Nowadays we can email them back n forth. From her fudge or stew, to my own cranberry relish. Thanks Mom, you're my favorite cook!
My cooking triumphs
God bless whoever invented the crock-pot!!! Are they a saint yet? LOL! I can toss almost anything in, add some seasonings, broth or water and have a great soupdujour or a tasty casserole without a fuss. While I could barely even stand or walk in 98, even I could cook with a crockpot (that's when my friends lovingly dubbed me with the title of "Catholic Soup Queen"). It's easy on the joints, feet & seat. It was the greatest wedding present that I did not ask for, but received. My candy making is fabulous and my baking is pretty darn good, too...most of the time. I love writing recipes and long for the day when I finally finish my cookbook.
My cooking tragedies
While we were still grade school children, in the early 70's, my lil sister & I decided to make brownies. One of us added about a cup of baking soda (we each insist that it was the other). It was like molten lava. We ended up taking the pan and all and dumping all the goop down the sewer. The oven was a disaster. We are still laughing about that over 30 years later. Wondering in hindsight if we were the ones to create the very first Lava Cake? Ya' think???
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
I liked this recipe as I read it and liked it even more when I made it. I skipped the potatoes since they aren't in our low carb meal plan (but I did add 2 sm stalks of chopped celery). Once the sausage, bacon, onions and garlic were sauted, I tossed them into the crock-pot. I deglazed the pan with my homemade chicken broth to get some of the flavors into the soup, then added to the crock as well. I waited until 15 to 20 minutes before serving to add the spinach and cream. I thicken with a bit of guar gum. Since the meat was cooked, I set crock-pot on low for 3.5 hours. Served with a crustless broccoli quiche and a homemade low-carb chocolate cake in celebration of the Pope's arrival and His Birthday today. Very good! Could have sprinkled with some Parmesano Reggiano...will do it tomorrow with my leftovers and it will reach 5 stars immediately.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2008
Baked Salmon II
This recipe was given a 5 star rating by my DH whose idea of eating fish, is well ah hm...battered and fried. Perfect recipe for low carb dieting and the taste is superb. I skipped a few steps and it was still awesome. I lined a glass baking dish (long enough for my fillet) with excess non stick foil, combined olive oil, herbs, garlic and added some butter, too. Heated in microwave to melt butter, poured half over one side of the salmon fillet, right over the foil, and flip the fish and poured the rest over the other side, closed up the foil and popped it into the oven while preheating. So, I skipped the marinating "2 hrs". It was fabulous and I highly recommend this for even those who are squeemish about eating fish. Salmon is never a fishy-fish, unless it is not very fresh. Buy your salmon fresh when you are near the sea or buy it flash frozen, so that the integrity and freshness aren't lost in transit.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2008
Crunch Bar
I could not believe how super easy this recipe is. I enjoy making candy from scratch and when I saw this recipe, thought I'd give it a try. Wow...yummy! I used pecans on the top. For those that do not want most of their nuts to fall off the top, once the stove top cooking is done (of the toffee mixture) stir in half of your chopped nuts at this point prior to pouring on the crackers and bake it up including them. Save the remainder for topping the chocolate. It's not very heart smart, but my tongue and family sure are happy! Will try it again with almonds and see if it tastes like almond roca.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 7, 2008

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