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Tonya W

Tonya W
Home Town: Marlow, Oklahoma, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Knitting, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
After 20 years of working as a CPA, I have recently decided to spend my days playing. I like to play tennis, play bingo and play house. As the mother of 4 children, I have cooked traditional comfort foods for years. Now I am interested in expanding my horizons and experimenting with new dishes to tease our palates (for only 2 now). Love watching Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen. I also enjoy cooking shows.
My favorite things to cook
Everyone begs me to make my chicken and dumplings which is their favorite comfort food. What I enjoy is to make big spreads of appetizers, fruit plates, vegetable trays, assorted cheeses. I am very picky about how it is arranged and want everything to look special and colorful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My forte is baking. I bake so many goodies at Christmas that it takes me 2 full days to complete the tradition I started so many years ago. My list includes: Holly Cheese cakes, Lemon Squares, Ooey Gooey Cake, Fudge, Date Nut Loaf Candy, Sugar Cookies, Edna's cake, Pecan Sandies and Banana Nut Cake. Then on Christmas day I make Pecan, Pumpkin and Egg Custard Pies.
My cooking triumphs
Every new dish that I try is exciting. I enjoy reading recipes and than modifying to what sounds good to me. Recently made hummus for the 1st time...never had even heard of Tahini. Currently learning to cook fish for my husband who has been losing weight. Never have been particularly crazy about fish but learning to like it more as I have tried new things. For instance, recently tried making blackened salmon when I had never eaten it before. Really like it more than most fish.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 14 I tried to make spaghetti. Something my mom never made because she didn't like it. I didn't realize you had to get the water boiling first before you put the noodles in. I had one big hard piece of noodle as it all stuck together. The other kind of funny thing was when I tried to make tapioca pudding. I used the whole box instead of a few tablespoons. You could barely stir it because it was so thick...very rubbery. No one wanted seconds!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Maine Wild Blueberry Salsa
Refreshing dish makes great side. Kept it simple and used chopped cherry tomatoes and passed on all the work of removing seeds. Used purple onion and subbed lime for rice vinegar and serrano for jalapeno pepper. Enjoyed this dish, blueberries complemented other ingredients nicely. I served with crumb coated chicken thighs from this site.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2011
Fresh Cranberry Relish
Sorry...not crazy about this recipe. Took it to a luncheon and it was not a big hit. Not as much flavor as i would have liked. Maybe I ran the processor too long because the texture wasn't that appealing. Love fresh cranberries but they seemed to overwhelm this dish to me.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2011
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
I make these pancakes every Sunday morning. My substitutions are canola oil versus butter and egg beaters versus eggs. I also add about 1/4 cup more milk. Adding fresh blueberries really kick it up a notch too. Sometimes I use buttermilk instead of milk. All my subs are to make a little healthier. If I don't make them on Sunday my husband whines big time!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2010

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