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Mason Mama

Mason Mama
Home Town: Reno, Nevada, USA
Living In: Idyllwild, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Well I'm not exactly new to the cooking scene, but the majority of my experiences are in baking. I like to stay active and try new things. I love to cook for my family and find new staples for our household. My husband is a pretty picky eater (though he says he'll eat anything) I know when he eats the whole plate he likes My son is a good eater and only recently has started to shy away from his veggies so he's a pretty good judge on a meal too. :) I love to bake and recently moved to an area around 6000 feet above sea level so I get to learn all over again since high altitude changes everything.
My favorite things to cook
I really am a fan of baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up my family didn't really have any cooking traditions, but my DH and I are slowly creating our own.
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm...Making my first turkey a couple of years ago (around Easter time). It turned out moist and flavorful (with some great tips from my mother-in-law). My mother's turkey usually turns out a little dry. Oh and making cinnamon rolls during x-mas. I made about 4 batches for various friends and I think the biggest accomplishment was not giving up after the second batch. (kneading the dough was torture being 8 1/2 months!) *UPDATE* So I've actually started baking our breads and making tortillas by hand, it is soooo easy to do and much cheaper than buying stuff full of preservatives. Very yummy! The only downfall is the time consumption but most of that is dead time (not active time) so its worth it. I bake several loaves and either freeze the dough already shaped or bake them all and slice the extra loaves and freeze the slices in plastic wrap and a freezer bag or tupperware in the freezer.
My cooking tragedies
Well the most memorable tragedy was about 6 years ago, I made my first cake and icing from scratch. The icing got burnt and I didn't wait long enough before trying to remove the cake so it fell into pieces. Otherwise my most recent tragedy would be the tortillas I made last week, they tasted a lot like breakfast pancakes. (YAY for no more pancake
Recipe Reviews 157 reviews
Rum or Bourbon Balls
These were fantastic. I've made rum balls before using cocoa powder and thought they were delicious but these are MUCH better, creamy and the flavor is much better. The dough was much easier to work with and though I didn't roll them in powdered sugar (used different sprinkles and whatnot) I think it would adhere better than my other recipe that seemed to soak it up within an hour. This is my go to recipe now.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2012
Red Pepper Soup
Delicious. I altered the recipe just slightly though. I roasted the peppers and replaced the cream with a small potato and added some red pepper flakes for some kick.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2011
Adobo Chicken with Ginger
This was just ok for us. My husband has been raving about the chicken adobo he had while deployed in Iraq so i searched around to find out how to make it. I tried his but he said what he had was more spicy sooo I just have to tweak or search again.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2011

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