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May 22, 2010 4:26 am 
Updated: May 22, 2010 8:28 am
My family has a problem with homemade macaroni and cheese. They don't like it dry. I've been trying many recipes and have just found one I can live with. It's easy and its cheating but its darn fast and darn good! I make this for my husbands Saturday Crew of 20.(doubled of course)Cream of… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 31, 2009 9:47 pm 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2010 4:54 pm
I have made Spaghetti Sauce 2 times now with great success. The Captain asks for this recipe and always eats two helpings. Here is what I do: ( I make 2 crock pots full)Spaghetti Bolognese for the Crock Pot2 lbs. Italian Sausage, ground1 large Onion, chopped fine6 cloves of Garlic, minced1 26… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 31, 2009 8:39 pm 
I finally got the taste just right for my Spanish Rice. Here is the easiest make ahead rice that my husbands Saturday crew go nuts over. I use a rice cooker so the rice comes out perfect each time. In less than 30 minutes you will be eating great tasting rice! In The rice Cooker add:2 Cups… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 5, 2009 10:02 am 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2009 12:46 pm
I had the best time cooking for the last eat fest for my husbands crew.  Here is the menu I made:Fabulous Wet Burritos (Sydney6)Spanish RiceSaladMargarita CakeMy daughter and I stayed up late the night before and rolled 4 pans of wet burritos. I used shredded beef in them since the meat… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 22, 2009 7:43 pm 
This Saturday I will be cooking once again for my husbands Saturday crew. I woke up today with his Capt. and Sgt. asking for the menu!! Saturday Lunch Serving 20Asian Chicken SaladFried RiceStrawberry Banana Salad with vanilla sugar sauceI want to make green tea to go with this menu. I got… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 15, 2009 7:18 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2009 6:16 pm
I often cook for my husband's work buddies. Once a month they take time out of their weekend and work extra duty. I love cooking so my husband asked If I would feed the Saturday crew. I come from a large family so this is never a problem for me to cook large quantities. Last month I made crock… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 1, 2009 9:03 pm 
A huge personal triumph in the kitchen today. I have the pickiest kids on the planet. One hates ground beef and the other hates all vegetables. Tonight for the first time they ate what I fixed without complaints. I had leftover fresh ground beef after my DH made taco's last night. So I decided… MORE
 
 
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DonnaTMann

Living In
San Jose, California, USA

Member Since
May 2000

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work

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About Me
I come from a large family and I am one of 7 children! I have lots of experience cooking for large crowds, church groups, my husbands work and my very large family. I have cooked and baked for up to 100 people! My best accomplishment was putting on two wedding receptions for family members. The recipes were all from scratch! Since I came from a family of seven kids I learned early the value of home cooking!
My favorite things to cook
About a year ago I started working hard at perfecting my pizza dough. I finally got it to work well and serve it to guests. Many are so amazed I am able to make great homemade pizza! I use 4 cheeses on the top and add custom toppings, such as pepperoni, sausage and vegetables. It sure saves me money!! Now we all dislike take out pizza!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is to make the Keflings(Almond Cookies)every Thanksgiving and Christmas. We love to sit and tell the stories about how my dad would steal cookies without us knowing it.
My cooking triumphs
I've learned to cook low-fat but not no taste. A tough assignment at best and I still finding ways to please my picky eaters! I have also learned to cook for the Leadership Team at church and that's volume cooking. I love to serve recipes to the Leaders and get rave reviews. They know if I cook I don't scrimp on flavor at all and they come back and thank me for the meal. Cooking for the Team has been great charity work indeed!
My cooking tragedies
Sour Dough Starter!! Gee I can't seem to get that one right....
 
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