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Home Town: Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Living In: Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I've been interested in cooking since I was old enough to pull a chair up beside my mother when I heard the electric beaters cut on. She said I always had my nose in the bowl. Mom used to bake specialty cakes as a way to supplement income while she and my father and three girls lived on teachers' salaries. I was hooked. My creations aren't fancy, but I think I'm a pretty good home cook. My mom discovered my talent for creating meals by scouring the pantry, fridge and freezer when I was a teenager, and that's still my basic style. When you grow up in the country and the closest grocery store is 15 miles away, you learn to make adjustments to recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I sometimes wish I lived in a cooler climate because I love to make soups, stews and chilli. My favorite thing to do is to bake for my co-workers. I get my fix in the kitchen and give the calories away.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pre-holiday cooking is always fun. Mom and I sit in her kitchen and chop and dice and bake for days before Thanksgiving and Christmas and when we set the buffet and watch everyone fill their plates there's no better feeling.
My cooking triumphs
Mom and I accidentally decided to cater my sister's wedding reception. We had fully anticipated hiring a caterer, but we both wanted to make something special ourselves. We started making a list of things we'd like the catered to do when we realized we already had wonderful recipes for all of the items we wanted served. It was a lot of hard work and detailed preparation, but we had enough food to feed an army and I've never seen people swarm food like they did at that wedding.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at a layered cake was a coconut cake that consisted of three layers and ended up being about and inch and a half tall. I still don't know what went wrong there:)
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Cheese Ring
Good recipe but I tweaked it. I used the whole green onion and instead of the jelly recommended, I used red pepper jelly and brushed it on the outside and filled the center with it. It gave it a nice Christmasy look with the red and green together and it tasted divine. Used it for a small gathering of just five friends and we ate almost the whole thing:)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2008
Pepper Jelly Appetizer
My mother has been serving this for years so I decided to take it to a get together. How easy is it?! A block of cream cheese on a plate topped with prepared pepper jelly. I was a little unsure when I first set in out in front of the or two actually looked at me like I was nuts, but after they tried it they were hooked. The next party, they asked if I'd bring two:)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2008
Calico Beans
I only gave 4 stars because I made adjustments to the recipe. I only used half the amount of brown sugar and it was still a tad sweet for my taste, but the vinegar helped to cut it. I also used red wine vinegar because I didn't have any white wine vinegar. I used ground turkey and let is simmer for 1 1/2 hours on the stove instead of putting it in the over. This created more juices so I served it over brown rice and it was a hit. Not the prettiest dish in the world, but tasty none the less. Thanks.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2008

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