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Home Town: Atchison, Kansas, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Wife and mother, ice cream lover; Poet, singer, cookie-bringer; Teller of stories, painter, baker; Whimsical, fun, rosary-maker; Elegance-meets-Mrs. Barefeet; "If you won't help cook, then you just won't eat!"
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, hands-down! A motley mix of types in various flavors. Fruit, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, maple, cinnamon... and less common flavors, too! Simple to gourmet, elegantly formal to T-shirt casual, and everything in between. :-) *BEWARE* My dessert recipes are rarely (if ever) low-fat, low-sugar, etc. I like desserts that are good for your SOUL and great for your MOOD--if I want something healthy, I don't reach for sweets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We try a new type of food or recipe at least once a month. We've discovered some unusual favorites that way! My kids love munching on fresh brussels sprouts or mango slices, for instance!
My cooking triumphs
My favorite triumph was when I first made "Thunder Cake," a great chocolate cake recipe from one of my son's schoolbooks (of all places). It includes tomatoes, which of course makes many people reluctant to try it ... but I've made it about ten times, and so far, everyone has loved it!
My cooking tragedies
Trying to plan ahead for a large family gathering, I boiled 2 dozen eggs that I planned to use for deviled eggs the following day. Once cooked, I set them aside to cool. Then I forgot all about them... until I found them, still sitting in the room-temperature water, the next morning. Short on time and ingredients, I opted to take store-bought cookies instead. Better than nothing, I suppose... but not by much.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Sweet Dinner Rolls
Fluffy and nicely sweet rolls, very versatile dough. Also SO much tastier (and cheaper) than store-bought bread and rolls! I have used this recipe to make round dinner rolls (I shaped the dough into balls instead of rolling and cutting, and used the last amount of butter listed to brush on tops before baking) and as a base for cinnamon rolls. They disappear VERY quickly! For those who prefer less sweet rolls, decrease the amount of sugar to 2 or 3 Tbsp. Then I like to make them into bread sticks and brush with garlic butter. It also makes a good thick pizza crust dough if you only let it rise about 5-15 minutes. One of my favorite recipes!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2012
Quick Shrimp Lo Mein
Very good recipe! Thanks for submitting it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I found the sauce "as-is" was too bland for us--I had to add more oyster sauce and soy sauce to give it flavor, so next time I will just use a little less water and reduce the cornstarch accordingly. I didn't have shrimp, so I used leftover pork chops cut into bite-sized chunks. We also left out the bell pepper (just a preference) and added some cut baby carrots for color and flavor. Delicious! I doubled the recipe for our family of 8, and it made generous portions, so everyone was satisfied, but there were no leftovers!

20 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2012
Oreo® Cookie Cake
I've used a very similar recipe for years, but I don't make this cake in layers; I blend together the pudding, whipped topping, cream cheese mixture, and half the crushed oreos, leaving out the butter entirely. It makes a luscious "Dirt Cake" for potlucks and picnics!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2008

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