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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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Oct. 24, 2014 11:42 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 4:07 am
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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 737 reviews
Hearty Italian Lentil Soup
This recipe has great potential. I would not recommend it as written. I sure wish I could see Kristin's original recipe as she states in her review that recipe was 'overhauled' from her original version. I do believe where it calls for tomato sauce, it is supposed to be spaghetti (pasta) sauce - hence the lack of seasoning. I did use a quart of spaghetti sauce and the called for water, which unfortunately diluted the flavor, I ended up adding more Italian seasoning & some pepper flakes. (Instead of water broth would be better) This is really thick, even thicker re-heated the next day and very filling. (Lots of fiber) I am putting this recipe on the back burner and will play with it a bit more. It could be a great high protein, fairly low carb meal to have on hand. You could even omit the meatballs and make this a vegetarian meal.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2014
Mashed Parsnips
Let me say I LOVE parsnips! I had 4 Large Parsnips - I used just enough milk to barely cover them. Be very careful cooking these in the milk (BTW - I think 5 cups would have been way too much milk) even by greatly reducing the amount of milk, using a large sauce pan and cooking on Low, the milk still simmered over, making a mess of both the pan and the stove. The milk separated, as if when scolded. The taste was fine but the appearance wasn't great. They mashed up fine, tasted good (I didn't use thyme - we have a thyme hater in the house) butter, salt and pepper and some of the reserved milk. I still ended up tossing out quite a bit of milk. 5 stars for overall taste, 3 stars for method and mess. (Simmering milk with the lid on will boil over - if you are going to cook in the milk simmer without the pan covered and keep an eye on them!)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2014
Hawaiian Pineapple Sweet & Sour Smoked Sausage
This is a winner! We came home started the rice in the rice cooker and tossed this together in just a couple of minutes. I used Hillshire Farms Smoked Turkey sausage (delish) and added a little sliced onion that I had left over, along with the peppers. I used canned pineapple chunks packed in juice, not syrup. Next time I will cut the sausage rounds in half or even quarters for easier eating and to brown them all over. So easy, full of flavor. The kiddos barely had time to wash up before dinner was ready. Everyone loved it!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2014
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