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Home Town: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Living In: Selma, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm 39 years old. I've been married since 2004 and moved from Tuscaloosa to Selma, Alabama. When I was younger and lived with my parents, I NEVER cooked and really had no idea how to begin. When I moved out on my own, I figured there was no better time to learn - besides there was no one there to see my mistakes! My husband and I have no children together altough he has an adult daughter from his first marriage. I especially love to cook for family get-togethers and work-related social events.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make cookies and party snacks. I'm always interested in trying out a new recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't know if you'd call it tradition but I do what I call "mama cooking". I think my mom is a great cook and so I try to cook things the way she always did; not using a cookbook and just knowing when something "feels" right or looks right. I think that cooking for someone shows how much you love them and am always striving to make something memorable.
My cooking triumphs
Maybe not a real "triumph" but it made me feel happy regardless. I overheard my uncle, who was a cheesecake fanatic, tell others that my cheesecake was the best he had ever had. It made me feel so good to know that it wasn't a false compliment because he didn't know I was anywhere around to hear him. He has since passed away but I will never forget that.
My cooking tragedies
Last year, while my in-laws were visiting, I decided I would make bisquits for breakfast. Now, I've made biscuits a million times with no problems. Well, I wasn't thinking and I stirred my batter after it had already risen and the bisquits wouldn't rise during the baking process. They tasted fine but were like pancakes. Fast forward a year. My in-laws were visiting again. I "announced" to them that I had to redeem myself with my bisquits. I was yacking away with my sister-in-law, not paying attention, and I accidentally used all-purpose flour instead of self-rising. Needless to say, the bisquits were like rocks!! I was so embarrassed and perplexed. We all got a good laugh at my "redemption" though. Later I realized what I had done. Oh well, there's always next year!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Banana Banana Bread
What a waste of bananas. These were the blandest banana muffins I have ever had or made. I'm throwing the whole batch away. I can't understand how this ever got such great reviews.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2010
Kentucky Butter Cake
This cake was scrumptious!! I made it for Mother's Day along with some homemade vanilla ice cream and it was the best! (I also doubled the butter sauce like others recommended.) The only other thing I would do different is that I would invert the pan while it was still a little warm - not completely cold. I had a hard time removing it from my faceted bundt pan and had to reheat it a little in the oven to loosen the butter sauce. Other than that, perfect! Will definitely make again and again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2008
Cold Oven Pound Cake
I've never been able to make a decent pound cake until this one. It was WONDERFUL!! I've made it twice but used lemon extract and zest in the second one. The were both fantastic. My husband took the lemon one to work and they scarfed it up immediately.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2008

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