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I am a  wife of almost 28 years with 2 beautiful teenage daughters.  My Mom gave me the passion to cook when she let me use her old BHG cookbook & just expiriment with recipies, I miss her, she's been gone since 7/20/10.  My father, who was a passionate eater and ice cream lover used to be the victim of my expiriments when my Mom worked 2nd shift for many years as a nurse.  He could give great advice and was so funny when my meal was.. nasty, I sure miss him since 4/6/08.   I love to ride my Street Glide and and drive my Mustangs -- am a huge motorhead for just about anything that will go fast!  Being a passionate cook is my flip side who loves to watch my family and friends enjoy my efforts is what I love.  I enjoy using spices and cook to taste mostly, measuring is so boring.  I love to workout at Curves every day to burn off the stress of my  job as a public servant with a HUGE caseload.  I found a bonus to Curves, I've made some new friends and found many other cooks too and lost 50 pounds.  I live in a small town and wish our grocery store had more exotic items and fresher produce, ie the only shrimp you can get at IGA is cooked, lots of prepackaged produce and really awful brown spotted beef from them. It makes it worth the 15 minute drive to Hasselbach's Meats and the extra $$....

I am a true savory lover, skip the desserts and give me a great sauce.  I am a huge fan of Ina Garten and Giada DeLaurentis.  However, my continued journey is finding lower calorie, not boring and healthy receipes as I just lost almost 50 pounds.  I had to give up cooking for a bit while starting my diet because I just can't  stop nibbling.  But going on vacation with my 3 fab girlfriends and a bad cholesterol report has changed my life.  I love the new me and found I can eat my savory, just in moderation.  I love the process of cooking, enjoy making most anything and it is relaxing.  I never bake, no one likes dessert at my house.  I am delighted that my 15 year old daughter is discovering my passion for cooking, she makes killer quacamole and just discovered my electric pressure cooker.  My oldest, goes to college and hates to cook, lol!  She is much to my delight discovering she HAS to cook and has asked me for advice finally.  I was delighted when I shared with her my Mom's cookbook I learned from recently.   I look forward to seeing new recipes onBig Oven.com. 

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in the Hungarian Chili sauce recipe, is the Hungarian paprika hot , mild, or other? I've been to Hungary a number of times, and unfortunately, here inamerica, they don't have all the varieties. ~mp

1 years ago    mpau0516

I am fighting my kryptonite...breads.... Yeast are the worst for me but my friend at work inspired me to visit Beer Bread and not store bought. It is made for pennies on the dollar and she said she gets a lot of bang for her buck on it. The recipe comes from her Navy days dorm room cookbook.

3 years ago    cricket85

Thanks, I am new to big oven finding it on a search. I have been a passionate cook for years. I am not sure what all big oven has to offer but plan to look some more next week when I have some time! The whole family liked the sauce.

5 years ago    cricket85

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