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Living In: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I grew up in a home where my mom either cooked out of a box or gave us little debbie snack cakes to shut us up for a while. When my mom left finally, my dad cooked for us but it was a lot to keep up with(him being an single parent of two teenage girls). So when I moved out and got married in 2006, I didn't have a clue how to cook. After buying a few cookbooks, calling my Mimi quite a bit and finding, I am finnally starting to find my niche. My husband is happy, I'm happy and our pocketbooks are happy (we dont eat out as often anymore).
My favorite things to cook
Oriental stirfrys, eggrolls, thai beef salad, potstickers, fried chicken, chicken parmesana, ravioli casserole, BBQ, tostadas, anything that can be deep fried, etc
My cooking triumphs
My fried chicken strips- I never have enough at parties! My cheesecakes- I make 9 different varieties from scratch-my own recipes My cookies- who doesn't love cookies?
My cooking tragedies
Tried to do a pot roast in the crock pot and didn't turn out tender. Ended up as hard as meat can be. We threw it to the dogs and ate out that night. I have never had that problem in the oven. Hmmm.
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Fried Rice Restaurant Style
I've been making fried rice like this for years. The only thing different you need to do is either fry the uncooked rice in a little oil before adding water and bringing to a boil or use day old rice. By toasting the rice, you keep it separated more so it isn't as sticky. I typically use shredded cabbage and wedges of onion in my veggies that I add too. Sometimes I add spinach or sweet peppers. You really can add anything but carrots and peas are the standard for most restaurants. I also sometimes cook my rice in broth so it is more flavorful.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2013
Chocolate Ganache
I am more of a dark chocolate fan so next time will try it with dark chocolate since the bittersweet was just a bit much for me. Otherwise, it is a very good recipe and easy to follow. Will try this for future foods with the dark chocolate.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2013
Dark Chocolate Cake I
I typically hate cake in all forms, flavors, with any fillings, toppings or icings. I do not like cake flavor or cake texture. This cake was made on a whim since I wanted something chocolatey and the husband wanted cupcakes I decided I would try to find something that worked for both of us. I intended to make a ganache to go with it but as I didn't have all the ingredients necessary, I ended up sprinkling my cupcakes with a dusting of powdered sugar. They probably didn't even need that. The reviews do not do these justice. Honestly, they were amazing. I want another one but I am on a diet so one a day! I can barely wait until my one tomorrow though lol. Honestly, these were perfectly most and full of chocolatey flavor. The recipe was 100X better than any boxed cake mix and not hard to accomplish albeit a bit time consuming for a person making their first from-scratch cake. I made sure to beat the sugar and butter for at least 2 minutes as others had suggested to insure these came out moist and they did. Seriously, a moist cupcake is what I got out of this. It was dense and airy at the same time if that is even possible. I would follow the recipe to a T but I am so happy to find something that works for us that I will probably add things to it now for future baking trials! Can barely wait to flavor it with coffee as others have suggested!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2013
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