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theloghomekitchen


theloghomekitchen
 
Home Town: Lancaster, California, USA
Living In: Salmon, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Oct. 7, 2013 7:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 10:15 am
I'm having withdrawals.  I wander around in circles not knowing what to do.  It's painful.  The pages of my favorite cooking magazines are worn from flipping through for lack of boredom.  There is now not a single question or doubt in my mind as to where my passion lies.  It's in the kitchen,… MORE
 
 
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
Smoked Sausage White Bean Chili
Browned Butter Icing
Grilled Tri-Tip with Oregon Herb Rub
Classic Dinner Rolls
  
Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake
Slow Cooker Latin Chicken
Cheesy Beef Lasagna
Orange-Almond Poppy Seed Bread
Beaumont Ranch Potato Salad
About this Cook
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
Recipe Reviews 99 reviews
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
This is the way we like cornbread. Moist, not too grainy, a hint of sweetness, and a perfect ratio of flour to cornmeal. I'm not quite sure I would go to all the trouble making it as written. I whisked the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then added the wet ingredients, folding lightly just until blended. It came out perfect. A definite keeper.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2014
Smoked Sausage White Bean Chili
Big on flavor, super easy to pull together, and a short list of ingredients. No alterations needed. What more could you ask for?

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2014
Browned Butter Icing
This is the kind of icing you would find on a fresh baked maple bar. It's perfect. No adjustments needed. I had regular whipping cream on hand which worked great. I randomly drizzled it over the top of a pumpkin roll spice cake, then added some toffee chips as a finishing touch. I'll fess up to admit I left a few tablespoons in the bottom of the pan so I could enjoy dipping my fingers into it for a sweet treat. This one's a keeper.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
 
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