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Jerry Cook

Jerry Cook
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Dalayap, Candaba, Pampanga, Philippines
Member Since: Jun. 2011
Cooking Level: Beginning
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About this Cook
I am now retired and living in Philippines but I was raised in western Iowa and lived in Omaha 40 yrs. Because I was raised in mid west, I am basically meat and potatoes so going from meat as main item to rice at every meal has been biggest adjustment. I'm hoping to open small bakery specializing in cookies, pies, and American desserts, with the possibility of expanding into an American (mid western) style restaurant.
My favorite things to cook
Bar-b-qued country-style ribs, twice baked cheesy potatoes with parsley, and corn on the cob.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As my kids were growing up, they learned that they MUST taste everything we put on the table. If they truly didn't like it, we would give them an alternative they did like, but they knew that they stayed at dinner table till they had at least sampled the new item. Sometimes the new item became regular item and sometimes we never served it again, but at least they learned not to be afraid of trying something different.
My cooking triumphs
One summer my parents came to visit us for a weekend and of course grilling was on the Sunday dinner agenda. When I told my father we were having Pork Chops, he grimmaced a bit and asked for burger instead. You see, my mother always fried chops WELL DONE (closer to cremated),and Dad always just complimented her (to not hurt her feelings). When I served his med.-well (so they were still tender), his eyes lit up like Christmas decorations, and he fed the burger to the dog and asked for another chop!
My cooking tragedies
After my first divorce, there were too many to mention, especially if I invited a date to come to my place for dinner. The most notable was the the BRAISED LIVER AND ONIONS fiasco.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
World's Best Lasagna
I have not yet tried this recipe, but would LOVE to. I thought my second wife made best Lasagna but this recipe sounds EXCELLENT! But the ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED IN MY 45+ years of cooking is to NOT BE OFFENDED if someone is not terribly enthusiastic about my "concoctions" because everybody's taste is different!! For example, a delicacy here in the Philippines is a partially boiled egg that has a baby chicken in the shell. I have often said I will taste anything once, but this is something I just CANNOT force myself to try, but most of my neighbors love them, specially when drinks are served. But to get back to this lasagna recipe, First, I would eliminate the salt. I love SPICY Italian sausage and would substitute for the sweet. Onions are also a big part of my flavorings so I would at least double the amount plus add both garlic and onion powders as well as adding a little oregano oregano (what is Italian food without oregano?). I would also eliminate the ricotta and double the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. But, AGAIN, this is to reflect MY tastes, not to imply there is something WRONG with the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2013

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