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Home Town: Westville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Holiday Chip Cookie Cups
Jeanne's Chocolate Kiss Cookies
World's Best Pasta Sauce
Chocolate Trifle
About this Cook
I've been cooking since I was "knee-high to a duck" (as they say around here); one of my first memories is helping my dad stir buckwheat pancake batter at the kitchen counter while standing on a wooden crate, since I wasn't tall enough to reach the counter on my own. Now I enjoy trying new recipes for my coworkers, family, and friends. I also co-lead a small group Bible study for my church, and a great pleasure is to supplement spiritual food with physical goodies!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts! Cakes and cookies especially, but I'm always tempted by a good pie recipe too. International cuisine, especially Italian and Indian foods are also favorites, as are good old-fashioned southern dishes, and my slow cooker is one of my best friends.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving and Christmas, baking holiday-themed treats.
My cooking triumphs
Developing my own banana bread recipe
My cooking tragedies
Using pre-made pie crusts and forgetting to take the paper liner out before pouring in the filling; cooking basmati rice in the microwave.
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Salsa Chicken
Tasty, simple, and healthy! I added some frozen corn and a can of black beans to the salsa, plus a packet of taco seasoning; mixed it all together and poured it on top of the chicken, then let it bake for about 40 min. (I lowered the temperature to 350 so it would be more tender). Will definitely make again!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2010
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
Easy and Delicious! I took this to a carry-in dinner and everyone LOVED it! I used a can of beef consomme instead of broth and half a can of water instead of beer, a little Worcestershire sauce, and rubbed the 4 lb. chuck roast (good qualitly meat) with garlic powder and meat tenderizer before cooking it on low for about 10 hours. I cooked it the night before then refrigerated it so the fat could be easily skimmed off the next day, then just reheated it before I needed it. Great recipe, will definitely make again soon!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2010
World's Best Pasta Sauce!
LOVE this sauce! It's absolutely amazing and the only sauce recipe I use now. The only slight changes I made were to substitute red wine for the water and brown sugar for the white. I'll usually use turkey sausage instead of pork, but both are delicious. After browning the onions, garlic, and meats, I'll throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook all day. By dinner time, the house smells wonderful and it tastes like you've spent hours over a hot stove.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 17, 2008

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