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Home Town: Susanville, California, USA
Living In: Boise, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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me, before my first cup of coffee!!
About this Cook
I am a professional photographer and I've been married to my husband for 30 years...amazing to us both!
My favorite things to cook
"Winter Food" : stews, roasts, soups. Anything Italian (especially lasagne), Mexican, and Mediterranean dishes, some Polish recipes. I love exotic spices.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Down home cooking. Since we live in a temperate climate, it is quite cold in the winter, so we need filling, warming foods to get us through the long winters here and supply energy for outside activities.
My cooking triumphs
When people ask me for recipes-which is difficult for more as I am a "none-measurement" type cook; you know, a pinch of that, a "palmful" of this, eyeball the amount, fill to cover, etc.
My cooking tragedies
Trying to bake bread...I once followed a recipe (at high altitude) for a wonderful whole wheat bread with sunflower seeds. It smelled wonderful and came out 2 inches high and must have weighed 10 lbs! My mom is the baker in the family. She communes with the little "yeasties"!
Recipe Reviews 34 reviews
Stuffed Jalapenos III
AMAZING! I had a bumper crop of fresh jalapenos from the garden and scoured online for a recipe that baked rather than fried the peppers. ADDED: 5 small cloves of finely chopped garlic and forgot the cheddar cheese...baked at 400' for 30 minutes and finished 10 min @425' ... wrapped the bacon lengthwise and did not toothpick All of the cheese stayed. Used broiler pan to cook on, caught all the drippings. They were amazing! I did not rinse them at all and found they were quite mild. Thanks to all the input. This will be a definite Keeper in our home.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2013
Pork Marsala
AWESOME! I did follow the other hints in regards to sauteeing the mushrooms & garlic first, then pushing them aside adding the meat. I could see it needed more sauce. I had some leftover gravy from a pork roast and added it to the pan after the meat was nearly done, but before I added the marsala. MARVELOUS FLAVOUR! Thanks for sharing

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Reviewed On: May 19, 2013
Spinach Casserole
I gave this receipe 4 stars...a good basic Spinach Casserole. I used fresh garlic cloves (4), 1/2 chopped onion, reduced the eggs to 3, increased the cottage cheese to 20 oz, left out the sour cream,left out the flour, decreased the cheddar cheese to 2 cups in and 1/2 cup on top, added a teaspoon of caraway seed and a GENEROUS sprinkling of black pepper, NO salt. Guess I changed a lot, but it came out wonderfully well. More like the recipe that my Ma gave me and I could not locate tonight. Gotta love this site for jogging the memory...smiles. Thank you, Valerie.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2012

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