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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 723 reviews
Pumpkin Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies
This is a nice oatmeal cookie, I couldn't really taste the pumpkin though. I was a little short on butterscotch chips so I added some chocolate chips. Baked for 10 minutes and they were perfect. I did not use Crisco. I used half butter and half Organic vegetable shortening which worked well. The addition of the nutmeg, as suggested in the cooks notes, would have been great.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2014
Yummy Butternut Squash Soup
We enjoyed this soup more the next day than when I first made it. My butternut squash wasn't very big so I didn't end up using all the broth. The recipe calls for basil, while I like basil, I think sage would have been a better choice. Using a hand held immersion blender makes short work of blending the soup in the pot.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2014
Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
This review is based on using pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling. I messed up and didn't read the recipe correctly. Made with pumpkin puree these were very good. From personal experience I added a 1/2 teaspoon salt. (Pie filling has Pumpkin, Sugar Syrup, Water, Salt, Natural Flavors, Spices in it already, so I am not sure how that would work.) The consistency of the batter made with pumpkin puree was just right. Thanks for a nice Fall breakfast treat!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2014
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