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Home Town: Flint, Michigan, USA
Living In: Tempe, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a stay at home Mom and a Great Dane exhibitor (owner handler and occasional breeder). Back when I used to cook frequently, even taught cake decorating. The interest in cooking started while in elementary school with simple things like cakes, cookies, pound cake and cheesecake. These days I cook occasionally and look for quick and easy recipes that combine little work and time with great results overall. My palate has broadened so much over the last couple decades thanks to an attitude of taste something before you decide you don't like it.
My favorite things to cook
Breakfast and dinner are the meals I generally cook but my personal favorites include baked items (cookies, cake, brownies, etc.) and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love the food I grew up with -Mom's fried chicken, Aunt Ida's tamales, Grandma Ybarra's tortilla's and Grandma George's cream cheese pie or whatever you call it. Yum. Growing up when I did exposed me to Mexican, German, Polish, Greek and many of the other tastes of America. To me, a home made meal alone is a tradition and it doesn't get any better than that.
My cooking triumphs
I couldn't make fudge. The last time I attempted to make fudge like my Mom does it came out more like hot fudge, it didn't firm up. I have since found a quick and easy fudge recipe that requires few ingredients and little effort and provides great success which is only limited my my own creativity.
My cooking tragedies
Besides the fudge issue mentioned above?! I used to teach cake decorating and decided to make a gargoyle city night scape cake for my sons birthday one year. I created royal icing building sides and put them on cookie sheets to dry/solidify. I ran out of "safe" places to put the cookie sheets & opted to place a couple in the oven on racks. Unfortunately I forgot they were in the oven, turned on oven to preheat for the cakes and started smelling something sweet -cooking royal icing. Fortunately I managed to save it before it was too late.
Recipe Reviews 78 reviews
Christine's Bacon and Brussels Sprout Cranberry Salad
I love Brussel Sprouts and who doesn't love bacon? Was in the mood for Brussel Sprouts and wanted to make a salad and my palate said yes to this combination. Sweetness of cranberries, mild crunch of apple, firm crunch of almonds, and the flavor of the Balsamic vinegar swirled in amongst the various textures and flavors to create a warm salad. Fairly easy to whip up. I used a bit more and quartered my Brussel Sprouts because they were small. Used an apple I had on hand, roughly chopped whole almonds, and used a Balsamic vinegar "to taste". I also used about 1T. of bacon fat to really heat things up for the last couple of minutes. Could be served as a side salad but we had this as a main entree. Keeping the recipe in my files and think I will be making this again soon.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2015
Cabbage Steaks
I actually had a large head of cabbage to use and decided on having this for lunch. It was alright. I baked at 400 degrees after rubbing a cut clove of garlic on the both sides of each slice. A light brush of EVOO and fresh ground pepper and into the oven for one hour. I allowed it to sit a couple minutes and then a sprinkling of salt to taste and a tad Balsamic Vinegar. Voila! Has to be fewer calories and certainly a simple, quick and satisfying dish.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2014
Split Pea Soup
Put all the ingredients in a crockpot on high, stir a couple times during cooking. After maybe 5 1/2 hours the soup is ready. Delicious, easy, very satisfying, and the potato, carrots, onion, and celery give it more depth. I am ready for another cup, and this is leftovers from last night's dinner.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2014
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