LINDAGENE Profile - (18851998)

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Home Town: Reno, Nevada, USA
Living In: Orovada, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
My father is Basque, but he married a girl from a very simple gastronomic background. She soon learned her way with food and became a superb cook. I started cooking as soon a she let me into the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook large meals for large groups of people. Even if there are just two of us, I like to make a nice home-cooked meal. I just love to cook - anything!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was not Basque, but soon learned to cook my father's native dishes by watching the women in the kitchen of our favorite Basque restaurant in Winnemucca, Nevada. Shortly before she passed away, Mother "tested" my sister and me to make sure we could carry on our culinary heritage. My sister and I are both very good cooks.
My cooking triumphs
In 1972, I lived with relatives in a very small village in Spain. My cousin's wife chopped the wood for the stove, which provided food, warmth and our only source of warm water. We got our bread daily from the traveling "panadero," but I one day bragged that I could bake bread, and the challenge was on. I had to go to the nearest larger village with a bakery to get a large chunk of yeast, flour and sugar, none of which we raised on the farm, so we had none. Having no clue how to determine a temperature in a wood burn stove, I guessed. My beautiful loaf of bread was indeed a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
When my children were young, it seemed that every birthday cake I made fell crooked, then fell apart. This was probably only a few cakes, but my cakes came to be known as "earthquake cakes," and my children frequentlyand lovingly remimd me of my early misadventures. They particularly love it when I occasionally have a geriatric moment and recreate and earthquake cake." I'm sue my grandghildren will grow up to hear these classic stories.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Juicy Butt Steaks
This was wonderful! I found two pork butt steaks in my freezer and looked about for recipes and tried this one. I'm not a big fan of cooking with ketchup, so I added about 1/2 cup of Yoshida's marinade to the ketchup and water just to give it a bit of zip. I served this with mashed potatoes, and we enjoyed very much!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2014
Curried Salmon Pasta Salad
This was wonderful! We had a guest who doesn't like canned salmon, so I used a can of chicken instead. Didn't have any yogurt so I used mayonaise and eliminated the olive oil. I also increased the amount of dressing and would increase it even more next time. I added a handful of dried cranberries, which gave it nice color and a bit more texture. I will make this again!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 29, 2013
Janet's Rich Banana Bread
My family loved this! After reading the reviews, I decided to use a blender to beat the eggs, sugar, and butter 'til fluffy, then also used 1 tsp of both baking soda and baking powder.I didn't have sour cream but used plain yogurt. It was wonderful! My new favorite banana bread recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2012

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