NJHoffman Profile - Allrecipes.com (16691258)


Home Town: Harrington, Washington, USA
Living In: Spokane, Washington, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My grandmothers and mother were fantastic cooks. They understood how much happens for a family and friends over a good meal. When I serve food to others and enjoy it with them myself it deepens relationships. When I was a very young child my mother was ill so we had a wonderful German lady 'Hattie Benson' who lived with, and cooked with us. My playmate asked me if she was my grandma..."No," I said, "She's Our Cooker!" She made wonderful pastry, peeled fresh apples and put up 20+ pies at a whack in the freezer each fall for us to enjoy for an entire year. I remember her hugs - the flour on her apron and the essence of cinnamon on her that permeated throughout our home. So when I cook, I often think of Hattie and the love for me that she served up with her food. People gathering to prepare and share great food - good times and wonderful memories.
My favorite things to cook
Bread, pasta, salads, soups, stews, desserts, comfort food, ethnic foods - and, most of all - Thanksgiving Dinner.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making homemade ice cream or homemade anything with the grand kids. Fresh baked pie - Lemon Merinque, Apple, Peach, Cherry, Peanut Cream. Pfeffernusse cookies at Christmas time (a family tradition handed down through 5 generations - have made them with my grandma since I was a small child and now make them with my grandchildren). Cracking fresh crab together around a candle lit table for Crab Louis with fresh baked bread. Watching my grown children love to cook and savoring together their 'discovered delights.'
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna. Fresh baked breads and rolls. Home made noodles. Homemade Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream - its to die for. My son has introduced us to Jim Lahey's recipes for no-knead home made/baked artisan bread that is so easy, good and economical we haven't purchased bread in months! Now my husband has taken it over creating new variations that are a constant hit with everyone with whom he shares it.
My cooking tragedies
Decorating cakes - ugh! (Although I had a cupcake making/ decorating party with my granddaughters last summer that was easy and fun and a big hit. I just provided everything and they got creative. Loved it!)
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Microwave Caramel Popcorn
Have used a recipe similar to this for several years. I use butter and only cook the caramel sauce 1 1/2 min, stir; cook 1 1/2 more min, for total of 3 min. We like ours chewy. Traditionally make it on Halloween for the family to munch on. This is definitely our favorite confection we enjoy most in the fall and winter months. One must be careful to take in account their microwave wattage. I think that is why some reviewers report failure. Thanks to reviewers for all the suggestions for changing this up by adding various kinds of nuts, etc.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2013
Asian Salmon
Excellent way to prepare salmon and really nice for having company over. I made no changes and all 8 people raved about flavor and moistness of the filet. Do not overcook salmon. 20 min-30 minutes at most, depending on thickness of filet and your oven. These can be grilled as well. Recommend you baste the fresh filet with EVOO then lightly salt and pepper. Flip them onto grill with seasoned side down. Season the other side. Flip again and baste done side with marinade. I like this marinated then baked so well, that I wouldn't go to the extra work to grill them losing the benefit of the pre-cooking marinade time.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2011
Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins
Excellent. I found they were light and fluffy made with wheat bran and 1 c. white flour and no wheat flour. (Wheat flour is hard to keep fresh on hand). I customized it with several of the suggestions reviewers made like trying a variety of fresh and/or dried fruits and reduced brown sugar to 1/2c. I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg and a 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans. The batter keeps for a few days in the fridge in order to quickly bake a couple while getting ready for work so I can grab them along with my travel mug of coffee as I head out the door. Yummy healthy, satisfying start to the day.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2011

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