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Baking Nana

Baking Nana
Home Town: Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA
Living In: Corona, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Music, Charity Work
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Jun. 13, 2014 7:46 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2014 10:15 pm
Is the art of cooking dying? ¬† From the looks of the fast food landscape, the frozen dinner section and the heat and serve options in the super markets, one would think so.¬†Given the fact that everyone needs to eat, one would think everyone would learn to cook but such is not the case and… MORE
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About this Cook
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
Recipe Reviews 702 reviews
Guacamole My Way
Perfect, just perfect. I minced the garlic and onion together very small. Mixed everything together and added one finely diced green onion as well. Thanks Paula!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2014
Warm Blueberry Cobbler
5 stars for ease and the taste is fine but it is way too juicy. I made this with frozen blueberries and was surprised that the recipe didn't call for cornstarch or tapioca with the berries to thicken the juice. (2 tablespoons of cornstarch tossed with the berries would do the trick) Next time I would mix the melted butter in with the flour, sugar, egg mixture rather than pouring it over the top. The butter tended to run to the edges and it was hard to coat the entire top. The recipe states this will serve 12, in reality it would actually serve 5 - 6 tops. With a few minor changes this would be a super easy 5 star recipe. Thanks!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2014
Shrimp Vermicelli Salad
I used the broken Vermicelli (8 ounce package) instead of the long strands, thinking it would easier to eat. This is a fine base but I think it needs more celery, possibly some fine diced onion. Dill is a better choice to go with shrimp I think. There wouldn't be enough dressing for a whole pound of vermicelli. Visually, it needs a little color. Red and orange peppers, maybe?

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2014
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