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Home Town: Houma, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a mom, wife, and also have a full time job. I am always looking for recipes that are quick, healthy, and tasty for the nights that I work. On my days off I like to take my time and cook more elaborate meals. I love planning a meal, getting the timing just right so that all the food is ready at the same time, having it taste great, and serving it to my family. Cooking is like therapy for me. I just wish I had a bigger kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Pasta! Anything with pasta is a favorite.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom didn't let me cook with her when I was a kid so I don't have any...yet. My daughter is just getting to an age where she can help in the kitchen so we'll see what we come up with! For now the only one we have is that we have breakfast casserole with eggs, sausage, hash browns, tomatoes, jalapenos, green bell pepper, onion, and lots of cheese on Christmas morning. Ok and we also have it for dinner throughout the year. lol.
My cooking triumphs
There are a few that stand out in my mind. I make huge pots of gumbo for my husband's side of the family and it is always well accepted. I have sent food and goodies for the firefighters and always get raves although I'm not so sure if those count. Those guys are like garbage disposals :)
My cooking tragedies
The very first time I ever tried to make biscuits from scratch for my husband it turned into pizza dough.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Zucchini Herb Casserole
The first time I made it I sauteed zucchini, white onion, mushrooms, and fresh garlic until just barely tender. I hate mushy zucchini. I didn't have fresh tomatoes (not in season yet) but I had some sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil so I threw those in. I added lots of italian seasoning, some red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Added in the rice and an italian cheeses blend and baked it. It was heavenly! Amazing! Could have used more tomatoes though. My daughter wouldn't touch it and my husband wasn't home to eat it and let me tell you, that did not disappoint me at all! It re-heated well the next day for lunch too. The second time I made it I had no sundried tomatoes or fresh tomatoes but I did have a can of those fire roasted tomatoes. So I threw those in while mixing in the rice. Blech! I wish I had just left them out! It turned everything into a mushy mess and this time nobody wanted to touch it. I haven't tired it with any cheese other than italian cheeses and I don't care to. I just think any other cheese, especially cheddar, would over power the other flavors.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 20, 2013
Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken
Love! So simple and tasty. I like to pound out my chicken breasts a little first. Not super thin but just enough so they stay flat when cooking. If not they plump up and the salsa just falls off. I sprinkle both sides with seasonings, lay them in the bottom of a pyrex, and cover with salsa. Bake at 375 for 45ish minutes adding cheese in the last 10. The key is that you have to use a good salsa! I've tried this with fresh salsa, a good store bought, mango salsa, and a bean and corn salsa.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 20, 2013
Barbecued Shrimp
No, it's not the most health conscious meal ever but most true cajun dishes aren't! Live a little! Eat it! It's good! If you can, get some real french bread to soak up the sauce. My only suggestions for a change are to leave the shrimp unpeeled, make the sauce in your pot, dump it over raw shrimp in your pan, mix it all up, and bake it. No need to cook the shrimp twice. Overcooked shrimp get rubbery.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2012

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