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Home Town: Salem, Oregon, USA
Living In: Key Peninsula, Washington, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
As the father of 11 children (1st born '51, 11th born '03) I've learned to make large dishes rapidly and converted many recipes to Kid Friendly to teach my children to love to come into the kitchen and help. I have a website for everyone: www.kitchenroundtable.com
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially birthday cakes! I love to make cakes that my children look forward to, not knowing what Papa will come up with next.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom could make Turkey. That's it. I learned to cook for self-survival. I learned by trying to duplicate something I'd eaten or seen my Grandma make. Good, hearty farm food. Fried dough, fresh bread and rolls and cakes with texture.
My cooking triumphs
I had a restaurant in Spain and surprised even myself with my range of dishes. I made all the foods that the ex-pats missed and made dishes that catered to the local residents as well. Most exciting day was the first Sunday I made Bagels. We were filled to over-flowing with people eating Lox and Bagels, toasted bagels, bagels and cream cheese etc. It became a once monthly occasion that filled our restaurant every time.
My cooking tragedies
I have yet to find a dish I can't ruin on a barbecue grill. I've been working very hard since my wife told me that when I die I'll have to learn to cook over the plentiful open flames of the place I'm going to! LOL (I hope)
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Best Bread Machine Bread
Based on the other reviews I used 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in what turned out to be the Best Bread Machine White Bread I've ever made. My 6 year-old now makes this bread for us every day. Thanks for a great recipe and to all the reviewers.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2008
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Love this recipe, so do my kids. We made the following changes: used Crisco instead of butter, almond extract instead of vanilla, added 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, old fashioned oats for quick cooking, 1 1/2 cups walnuts, 2 cups chocolate chips. We use an ice cream scoop to get cookies onto parchment paper and bake for 13-15 minutes. Makes big, thick cookies that DO NOT spread too much. One is often enough. We bake 2 dozen and freeze 2 dozen 'balls' for quick and easy treats. All around, a truly great cookie base. Thanks.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2003
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
The title says it all: BEST BIG, FAT, CHEWY and CHOCOLATE CHIP. These are not for the faint hearted. They aren't cookies with chocolate chips, they are chocolate chips with some cookie around them. I doubled the quantities. I'm running short. Will have to do another batch. Thanks for God's gift to chocolate chip lovers.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2002
 
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