Mary Profile - (18505954)

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Living In: Everett, Washington, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a single mom of an awesome son who loves to cook as much as I do. I'm also a writer and a Pampered Chef consultant. I love shows like SURVIVOR, WIFE SWAP, and BIG BROTHER (not into the romance reality shows). My one soap vice is DAYS OF OUR LIVES, which I watch religiously. I have a really weird sense of humor, in which the words squish and boing play a vital role.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, especially different kinds of bar cookies. I love doing appetizers too, and my favorite kind of party to throw is to make a bunch of different appetizers instead of one main dish. When I'm cooking for my family, I enjoy inventing soups or skillet dinners out of whatever leftovers are on hand. I used to admire my dad for being able to put an unlikely combo of stuff together and make it taste wonderful, and now I can do it, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm half Norwegian, and every year at Christmas, we get out my Grandma's recipes and make Norwegian cookies like krumkake, fattigmand, and sandbakels, and other traditional Scandinavian dishes such as lutefisk, (codfish which is cured in a lye solution, rinsed thoroughly, then baked and served with melted butter), lefse (a pancakelike bread you spread with butter and cinnamon-sugar and roll up), and rommegraut (cream porridge).
My cooking triumphs
I'm very proud of the fact that I can make an angel food cake from scratch. Separating a dozen eggs and hoping the whites beat up right is really a pain, but sometimes I do it just because I can.
My cooking tragedies
I can not make good Minute Rice. Can you believe that? It's supposed to be foolproof, but mine always comes out mushy. Not that I really care--I like regular rice better anyway--but it's always struck me funny that for all the complicated things I cook well, I can't do Minute Rice. Go figure.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Spinach and Potato Pie
I loved this recipe! I did make a few changes--I hadn't bought enough spinach, so I used shredded carrots for half the spinach, and substituted a medium grated yellow onion for the green onions. I also put in about three tablespoons of minced garlic. But I didn't do anything to alter the texture, and it was totally fine. My son did say that next time, I should add something "to make it a little more juicy", so I might add a can of cream of mushroom soup, but it's really good just the way it is. This one's going in my "dinner regulars" file.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2009
Banana Banana Bread
This was soooo good! I tripled this recipe, thinking I had enough bananas, but ended up a cup short, so substituted applesauce for what I didn't have. This made a dense, moist loaf that was heaven served warm with cream cheese! I'll be making this often. Bravo, Shelley!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2006
Banana Caramel Pie II
My family and I loved this pie! Good idea about putting the bananas in first, though we didn't care that they turned brown--it tasted great anyway.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2006

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