nattygirl Profile - (1912021)

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Living In: Elk Grove, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a stay at home mommy of our school-aged child and love every minute of it. I try not to take for granted the blessing I have to do so. Bit of a challenge at times but, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, right?! Husband and I are both very active in our church. Me with the childrens ministries, hubbie with the mens ministries and technical department. Love to take motorcycle rides with hubbie and spend lots of time crafting and doing other creative activities with our daughter. She has begun to ride with daddy too!
My favorite things to cook
We do lots of entertaining. Most of the big gatherings are done in summer. Our house is to small to entertain the big crowd in the winter. I love to barbeque so it works. Truth be told, I would give anything to set the big elaborate tables at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to experiment with my grilling capabilities, and have been pretty successful so far. Love to grill and bake. I really love to just cook about anything. My favorite thing is to be creative and have fun. Like to experiement with different homemade marinades and sauces. Have great success 9 times out of 10. I also really love to can my own jams and veggies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The one favorite tradition that stands out is the birthday cake my daughter and I make on Christmas Eve for Jesus. She and I have had a great time doing this the last several years. I have such joy knowing we are making memories of Christmas she will have for the rest of her life, just like the ones I have of baking with my mom. We started the Christmas she was almost 2 years old. I think more frosting was on her than the cake that year! This last Christmas, almost 7, she had a fire for cooking ignite in her little heart! Since then she has become so interested, comfortable and creative in the kitchen. She asks so many questions hungry for the basics. On the few evenings schedules permit, my husband makes dinner with us. The conversations are always amazing. Sometimes its 2 hrs together, on a weeknight! We do always eat together. I hope this is one of many memories she carrys.
My cooking triumphs
Getting dinner on the table sometimes is a big triump!
My cooking tragedies
Nothing to terrible tragic has happened thus far. Only the usual mishaps we all tend to run up against and of course the ones that happen at the most inopportune moment... burned garlic toast on occassion, forgeting to thaw the meat you need to begin cooking in 5 minutes and the infamous running out of something in the middle of preparing dinner for a party of 10. I did however dump a whole 6qt. pot of my first ever homemade spagetti sauce all over the floor. As Murphy's Law would have it, it was on the kitchen floor I had just scrubbed that morning on my hands and knees. It went ALL over the walls,ceiling and the cabinets that too had just been scrubbed. It even poured all in the dish towel drawer I had just replenished with fresh, clean linens and the ironed dinner napkins. Yuck! Needless to say we ended up going for pizza that night. Ok, so I guess I would say I was wrong when I stated earlier that I hadn't really had any cooking tragedies! :-)
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Fabulous Fried Cabbage
This is so good and doesn't get any easier. I have made it many times and enjoy it shredded too. Easier to pile when using it for a bed under brauts, fish, chicken or whatever. Very yummy!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2008
Vanilla Glaze
A total MUST to increase milk to tablespoons from teaspoons otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing. This one ROCKED! It turned out perfect, was soooo simple and fool proof. Works great to spread, pipe or pour. I made this one 7 seperate times before writing review and all were perfect. The taste was right on, it poured over my bundt cakes beautifully and hardened enough to cover within 20 minutes.(cool your cake completely beforehand). The other batches were made for decorating cookies and they too were perfect each time. One batch is more than enough to lightly spread and generously pipe 2 dozen average sized cookies.

409 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2008
Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
This one has lived up to the reviews. Well worth making. I made pretty much as is with exceptions to the papaya(don't care for) and used red onion because I forgot the shallots. No need to strain the sauce, it just adds an extra step and it is fabulous with fruit pieces in it. Scooped a bit of the sauce on the side before adding the peppers at the end(used jalepenos) so the kids didn't have the heat. I too added about a tablespoon of corn starch to thicken the sauce. This one is definate keeper. Who needs the high priced dinner bill of eating out with this recipe in your book? Great way for the kids to like fish when paired with the sweet sauce!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2008

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