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Gwen P

Gwen P
Home Town: Sweet Home, Oregon, USA
Living In: Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Camping, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I've always loved to cook, but learned a great deal out of necessity while my husband and I worked our way through college with two kids. Having to "make do" I learned how to utilize herbs and spices to make otherwise plain dishes pop with flavor! I get a kick out of it. I also love that my kids are willing to try new things, and I think it has something to do with the variety that I serve... otherwise I get bored. My sister lives 2000 miles away, and our most favorite things to share are recipes, most of which we made up.
My favorite things to cook
Some of my favorite things to cook are meats, wine based sauces, and deserts. I also like to keep my premade ingredients to a minimum; it is so much healthier and it tastes better made from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have too many yet, but one we have is making a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day.
My cooking triumphs
A last minute italian pasta salad for a party at a friends house that was ravaged in a number of minutes; a recent chicken marsala that my husband will never forget.
My cooking tragedies
Ha! Okay, skeleton's coming out. We had these very old rabbits that turned out to be worse than useless for breeding (this was one of those trying-to-pinch-pennies-while-in-college fiasco's). My husband grew up on all sorts of game, so taking his cue we got them fixed up and I prepared a cheesy "chicken" casserole meal to take to some friends house. Well, one bite into this extremely tough, chewy casserolle, my girlfriend immediately covered her hands with her napkin, holding it all back while her gag reflex went into overdrive. She managed, "Is this what I think it is?" We about fell of our chairs laughing, knowing her dislike for out-of-the-ordinary game. Needless to say we ended up eating something else.
Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Grocery Store Frosting
Coconut Oil worked well as a substitute for shortening, as shortening is not readily available where I live.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2011
Gingerbread Cookies I
This dough was a dream to work with! I only gave it 4 because I adjusted it and liked the adjustments. I upped the spices by 50%, halved the sugar and substituted the other half with the equivilent in powdered Stevia. I thought with the increased spices it was perfect. It's a definate keeper.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2009
Cambodian Chicken Soup
I put this in my slow cooker as I was running out the door, starting with cold water and put it on high for 3 hours. I didn't have everything the recipe called for, like fish oil/sauce... also instead of curry paste I used dry ground and also ground ginger; for peppers I slivered and sauted orange & red sweet peppers and a med onion, and added brown rice raw (just over 1/2 C). For the chicken I threw in 2 chicken breast whole. When I got home I pulled out the chicken and shredded coursley w/a knife and returned it to the cooker; lastly I added the can of coconut milk and a can of sweet corn, and served it immediately. It was the perfect consistency. My family raved about it and demanded it go in the "keeper" recipe book.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 25, 2009

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