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Home Town: Alameda, California, USA
Living In: Silverhill, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Cooking has always been very satisfying to me, beginning with Home Economics classes in school. By the time I was married I felt comfortable preparing fairly basic meals, and grew to love the whole process of choosing recipes, buying the freshest ingredients, and making my meals visually appealing as well as tasty. I don't consider myself a highly creative cook, preferring to follow a recipe and tweak it to accommodate mine, my family's and friends' tastes. I love to try new things, and read cookbooks and new recipes the way others read novels.
My favorite things to cook
In the winter, there's nothing like a roast, stew, or soup cooking and spreading its aroma around the house. In warmer months the outdoor grill beckons, and the tastes of the season, such as barbeque, roasted corn, and watermelon salad, are heavenly. Whenever possible, I like to prepare healthy meals and to use fresh ingredients. I am always looking for new ways to use old favorites, as well as learning to use new (to me) items.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ham at Easter, with fresh asparagus, and a special gelatin/gingerale salad. Turkey, of course, and all the trimmings, at Thanksgiving is a must. Forget about the calories, eat big! Christmas allows for a little more variety. We may have ham or turkey or roast beef, and side dishes can vary. But we always have Martha Washingtons (a homemade candy) on hand, as well as eggnog and rumcake.
My cooking triumphs
Leg of lamb with rosemary, marinated in red wine for 48 hours prior to roasting, Fish chowder, New England style, Veal Oscar, Baked salmon Chili
My cooking tragedies
Bread tht failed to rise, A creative chicken dish I named after myself which was horrible, "Fossil chicken" (as named by my children) cooked in the microwave
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Three Bean Salad
Great basic recipe. As a personal preference I reduced the vinegar and oil to 1/3 cup, kept sugar the same.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2013
Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens
Excellent! The best collards I've ever made! I think the chicken broth makes a huge difference. For the vinegar, I substituted about 1 tsp. lemon juice, and it gave the dish just the right amount of "snap."

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2010
Corned Beef Roast
Without a doubt, this is the best corned beef I've ever tasted! So tender and moist, we easily cut it with a fork. As with other reviewers I did not add salt. and also did not dice the carrots and potatoes, but cut them into large chunks and added them for the last 1 1/2 hour or so. Additionally, I added cabbage wedges for the final 30 minutes. Everything was perfect.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2009

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