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Living In: Felton, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Married with a step-daughter away in college. I run my family's business from home so I occasionally have time during a day to make some healthy fresh food I wouldn't normally have to time to do so. And I love to cook and create and expand my knowledge. I'm hoping to help teach people that are very busy and want to lose weight how easy it is to eat right with a little preparation. I lost 70 pounds by changing the foods I eat (and normal exercise). All without deprivation - I simple find a healthy angle to my comfort foods.
My favorite things to cook
Vegan & vegetarian foods, pasta sauces (see my tragedies), BBQ everything, desserts, Italian and anything with fresh ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom grew up on a farm in the Midwest and her down to earth, hearty foods were what I grew up on. I was put to work in the kitchen as soon as I could stand on a step and reach the counter. Mixing the meatloafs or mashing the potatoes were some early tasks I learned. Now I take her recipes and create the healthy version. My husband loves my cooking and knows that I've made it healthy for him.
My cooking triumphs
My eggplant parmesan is the best I've ever eaten.
My cooking tragedies
So the theory that more is better doesn't apply to fresh basil. In my early 20's after moving away from home I was making a pasta sauce and was using all fresh ingredients. I wasn't sure how much basil to use so I chopped up the entire bunch and added it. After a taste I called my mom and asked how to de-basil a sauce. She chuckled and let me know the only way was to add a whole lot of everything else. Well, with a limited budget that wasn't going to happen so I tried straining it which caught much of the basil but also the chuncks of veggies too! I ate one helping and the rest is, well, history. Lesson learned!!!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Mom's Zucchini Bread
This is the best zucchini bread recipe! I used unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil and added about 50% more cinnamon (in error) and it was fabulous! Usually I like to smear butter on a slice but this one needed nothing.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2012
Whole Grain Waffles
AMAZING!!! What a surprise. Crispy on the outside and light on the inside.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2012
Fantastic Black Bean Chili
Very yummy although I like my chili more spicey so I added more chili powder along with cumin and about 5 times the amount of garlic. I think I'll try to add some anahiem peppers or some roasted chili of some kind next time. I used fire roasted canned tomatoes (Muir Glen) for an additional roasted tasted. A made a big batch for a party we had and my neighbors loved it. I served it with the Vegan Agave Corn Muffins. Huge hit!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2011
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