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Home Town: Bay Point, California, USA
Living In: San Ramon, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Camping, Fishing, Hunting
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About this Cook
I retired 2 1/2 years ago and am really enjoying my life. I golf, hunt, fish and love to cook. I get wonderful reviews on my cooking from husband, kids and neighbors.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy mostly cooking Mexican and Chinese dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are migrants from the Dust Bowl. We could only eat things that we caught or grew. It was beans and potatoes most of the time. Most things we ate were fried - fried potatoes, fried tomatoes, fried okra, etc.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph is having my grown children tell me that they love my cooking and wish I would write a cook book!
My cooking tragedies
One Christmas I had 22 guests for dinner and forgot to turn the oven on!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Roasted Pork Loin
I just made this for dinner. It was great. I used my prime rib rub - rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Stuffed sliced garlic pieces into roast (2 1/2 lb). Heated oven to 450 and placed roast into oven for 20 minutes to get that seared look. Lowered oven to 350. Cooked one hour more. It was perfect. My husband said he prefers this roast to prime rib! Add the pan juices to one cup chicken broth and 1 tablespoon */- cornstarch for an excellent gravy.

54 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2008
Brown Sugar Smokies
I have been making these for years. Ingredients are exactly what I use. My baking is definitely different. I place aluminum foil on cookie sheet. Then place cookie rack on top, spray with oil. Next I place the brown sugar smokies (with toothpick in each) about 1/2" apart on the cookie racks. This way they do not burn. You can even turn smokies after 20 minutes by running a pancake turner across them to heat the other side. Your clean up is easy and your "Heart Attacks" are not burnt. I always get RAVE reviews (especially from the men). They keep saying "I'll have another Heart Attack". Great Recipe. Thanks!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2007
Cheesy Breads
I have been making this appetizer for about 25 years. It makes approximately 72 pieces. If you want a crispy bread, this is the way to go. I like my bread a little softer, so I place the cookie sheet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts and bread is a little brown on the edges. Also, I use a teaspoon and scoop up the spread to place on the sliced baguette. I always get compliments at partys.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2007

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