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Home Town: Twentynine Palms, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Dec. 27, 2011 12:23 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 3:50 pm
Well, the baking madness finally came to an end as I rushed to fill cookie orders for my small hobby farm. After the gingerbread houses and Santa only knows how many dozens of cookies, I can't believe my hand made it through the holiday season. When one is icing cookies for 20 of 24 hours… MORE
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About this Cook
I never liked to cook that much until I moved away from home. Perhaps it was need that developed my interests and honed my skills. A passion for culture was introduced into my menu during my time as a Ringling Brother's circus employee. Until then I never knew how a home-cooked meal could draw people from all walks of life together. I find it fascinating that people are so connected by a mere morsel. And I live for that genuine smile I can bring to their eyes with just a touch of food on their lips.
My favorite things to cook
Being a woman, I'm a moody creature so my favorites vary. Many times I turn to those tried and true recipes like Kay's Spaghetti and Lasagna Sauce, other times I want to add a new twist to the old like lavender fig jelly. Whenever I'm in between moods I can be found in my kitchen whipping up something sweet. Try the Best Brownies recipe - you'll never eat any another brownie!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both of my parents are excellent cooks, my dad worked in a chef's kitchen and my mom had a natural passion for cooking. My great-grandmother was from Germany and is notorious in our family for her skills. This has given me something to strive for. Autumn and Christmas bring in a load of tradition with lebkuchen, rum balls, sauerkraut, pasty recipes, and her famous potato salad.
My cooking triumphs
My mom can decorate any cookie or gingerbread house out there. She's been featured in newspapers for her designs and talents. Any time I can plug out a design as good as hers and hear it from her mouth - I'm on cloud 9. But I can admit I'm limited in that area so I go in the kitchen where she has claimed off limits for herself. Marshmallow fondants and Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll are some of my latest personal triumphs.
My cooking tragedies
I began cooking around 9 on a regular basis and at that time, if it wasn't baking, I was guaranteed to set it on fire. My name paired with the smoke alarm was a running joke for years. Dishes like scrambled french toast that our dog even refused to eat put my cooking name in the mud. Other classic mistakes like using too small a cake pan, or soupy pies didn't help much either.
Recipe Reviews 134 reviews
Peach Bread
I always change a recipe up a little based on reviews and hunches. This is what I suggest. Add a tsp of lemon or butter extract. Sprinkle a pinch or two of cloves. And use 5 ounces of canola oil and 3 ounces of peach syrup from drained peaches. I used baker's grease to get out of pan (equal amounts oil, flour, and shortening).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2014
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
My dad, loves bulk buying. One thing he always gets is a #10 sized can of Yams. Oy! So when that can makes it to the kitchen I make 3 sweet potato pies, 1 sweet potato pound cake, and a double batch of these cookies. These are delish and I usually forgo the icing. For a single batch: I also include 1/2 tsp of ginger and 1/4 tsp of Allspice and 1/2 tsp of Almond extract. I get a bit of a stickier dough when I add about 1/2 cup extra yams, but the amount is fine as is and it really doesn't effect the end product. (I just need to polish off that ginormous can!)The scent is intoxicating! Like others, I only bake on parchment paper and flatten these with the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar. Enjoy, baker buddies!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2014
Bean Soup
Very simple with beautiful flavor. Like other reviewers, I used chicken broth and increased veggies from half to a full cup. I also used a total of 5 bay leaves, added thyme, and a pinch of savory. I did not have a ham bone, so I just threw in two strips of uncooked bacon for the flavor and fat. (I did use the diced ham.) I omitted the salt since it was in the broth. I threw everything in the pot brought it to a boil for 10 minutes and then low simmer for 1 hour with lid on. After, I took the lid off and let it cook down for added flavor for another 30 mins. Oh before I forget, I just soaked the beans overnight.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2014
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