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Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Homemade "Oreos"
About this Cook
I belong to a food co-op, so buy most things in bulk, store, and rotate items. I could survive "bird flu" no problem without leaving my house for a few months!
My favorite things to cook
Gourmet breads from whole-grain flours that I grind myself fresh right before I bake the bread. Yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything from scratch. No processed ingredients!
My cooking triumphs
When I left home for college, I couldn't boil water. Now I'm a fantastic cook, (which even my father must admit!). Hee hee! I am especially good at never wasting left-overs. I can always find some way to incorporate them into the next meal. Providence is my hallmark.
My cooking tragedies
Not too many, but there were were a few loaves of "brick bread" when I was learning!
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Kendra's Maid-Rite Sandwiches
FABULOUS! I made only one change: apple cider vinegar rather than distilled white vinegar. Midwesterners love this regional specialty, and this is the best-tasting "Maid-Rite" I've ever had! TIP: Make a huge pot of this stuff and freeze it in family-sized portions for a quick, delicious meal and a night off for the cook.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2010
Curried Hummus
FANTASTIC! (My tip @ end) My family loves hummus, and this recipe is the tastiest, easiest ever! I pressure canned garbanzo beans (chick peas) tonight, and had left-over beans, so searched AllRecipes for hummus. Love curry, love hummus, so this was the recipe I chose to try tonight. SO GLAD I did! Here's my tip: If you love pressure canning, make up this recipe and then put the heated hummus in pint or 8-oz. canning jars and pressure-can it. Then you will have inexpensive, DELICIOUS hummus on your pantry shelves whenever you wish. My hubby is always complaining that we have "ingredients" but no "food", but with this on the shelves, I am using my food storage and he can find something ready to eat on the pantry shelves!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2010
Christmas Morning Oatmeal
GOOD IDEA, BUT RESCUE THIS RECIPE LIKE SO: The idea for this recipe was almost certainly gleaned from a bed & breakfast cookbook, the idea being that B&B owners are very busy in the morning, so they do as much prep the night before as they can. You can still accomplish the convenience, however, without the awful (think wallpaper paste) texture of crock-pot cooked oatmeal, and still avoid having much to do or clean up in the morning. Here's how: THE NIGHT BEFORE: toss together the following, and store in an airtight bowl in the fridge: sugar, spices, salt, cut up butter, cut up apples, cranberries (I substituted raisins), and nuts (I used slivered almonds). IN THE MORNING: put 2 1/2 cups water and the bowl full of sugar/fruit into a large pot and bring to a boil. Forget all that juice--too sweet! Notice that the total liquids is significantly reduced from the original recipe, because it's not sitting all night in a crock pot, getting "pasty". When it just begins to boil, add 2 cups regular rolled oats and cook 5 minutes. Done! All you had to do in the morning was combine pre-prepared ingredients and cook 5 minutes. You get delicious gourmet oatmeal without the "yucky" texture, and your kitchen is still clean in the morning because you did all the prep and clean-up the night before. One more tip, for those looking for home-made breakfasts without the chaos and mess (and time!) in the mornings: You can make pretty much anything the night before and just bake, cook,

191 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2009

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