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V. L. Hartman

V. L. Hartman
Home Town: Pulaski County, Indiana, USA
Living In: Auburn, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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  • Simple Scones
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    By: USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson
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First birthday!
Kitty Litter Cake
About this Cook
I'm retired after more than 21 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. I have a daughter who is currently smack in the middle of the Terrible Twos and a husband who's retired Army and an Iraq War veteran. Thankfully, we're finally done traveling and have settled ourselves in mostly rural Illinois, not far from the state capital. My current career: raising our daughter.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, casseroles, soups/stews, generally traditional Midwestern fare
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom has been making "7Up Salad" for summer family get-togethers for as long as I can remember. And for the past several years, my youngest brother has been injecting and then deep-frying the family turkey on Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
I've developed my own delicious vegetable/hamburger soup! But I'm not sharing the recipe yet, because I'm still tweaking it.
My cooking tragedies
I can't make good pie crusts or dumplings to save my life! And it took me forever to learn to make crispy fried chicken properly.
Recipe Reviews 86 reviews
Juiciest Hamburgers Ever
I made these tonight, using my George Foreman grill. While I don't agree with reviewers who say these burgers TASTE like meatloaf, I do agree that they FEEL like meatloaf when you're eating them; you don't get that hearty, ground-beef chewiness that you have with a more traditional burger made without bread/bread crumbs. These patties cook up very juicy, it's true, but they are also very smooth, for lack of a better word. Certainly there is goodness, especially if you bump up the seasoning to fit your tastes, but definitely not chewiness (I would not call them mushy, though). With all that said, my nearly-8-year-old daughter scarfed hers down and declared it was the best burger she's ever eaten, and she asked even before she finished when I was going to make them again. I personally enjoyed the taste, but I would have liked more of a meaty chew. That's just what I expect from a burger. Hubby also commented on the meatloaf-like texture, but had no problems with the taste, and the texture didn't stop him from eating two. Overall, it's a successful new recipe for us, and I'll make it again. Perhaps I'll scale back the bread/bread crumbs a bit and see if it makes a difference in the texture.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2014
Baked Ziti I
Good enough to go into my permanent files. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2013
Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad
Very good, but VERY rich. You are warned. :)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2013
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