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Oct. 28, 2014 6:02 am 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2015 3:51 am
So as part of the Allrecipes Allstar program, I've been asked to use some fancy Reynolds products and tell my experience with them.  I love a good slow cooker recipe but admit to leaving the crock part of my pot in the sink for several days to soak away the gunk that will inevitably form in… MORE
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Oct. 10, 2013 2:17 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2013 10:02 am
“Football’s religion in the South and Saturday is the high holy day.”  My mother said this jokingly on numerous Saturdays growing up and while she said it flippantly, many Southern football fans are pretty stringent on their following of this particular observance.  I grew up in a family… MORE
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Sep. 30, 2013 3:54 pm 
So a few weeks ago, I came home to some bison of my front step - I was a) excited about a package on my doorstep and 2) doubly excited about a package that didn't involve some sort of bill that I owed someone. This bison, kindly bestowed upon me by the Bison Council, was still frozen in quite… MORE
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Aug. 28, 2013 11:40 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2013 6:12 am
Beef:  I actually grew up raising beef cattle on our farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.  Each year I would get two bulls and a heifer to raise until they were, well, ready to be eaten.  I’d drag myself out of bed each morning, fill up their bottles with cattle formula, and drudge… MORE
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Oct. 31, 2012 11:29 am 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:06 pm
Halloween is finally here and I couldn’t be happier.  One, my husband has been obsessed with watching all many of old horror movies lately, so hopefully THAT will come to an end (I’m all for a good horror movie, but 9 days in a row, complete with horror movie trivia commentary from the… MORE
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Sep. 17, 2012 11:43 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 4:26 am
We don't eat out a whole lot these days - partially because the recession is still smacking us around a little bit and partly because the words, "Oh, I could totally make this myself" slip past my lips so often my husband would turn it into a drinking game if he didn't have to drive home.  On… MORE
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Aug. 6, 2012 12:07 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2012 3:39 pm
In a room filled with heat-emanating devices, sharpened weaponry, and enough gadgets and doohickeys to put the Jetsons themselves to shame, it’s difficult NOT to learn in the kitchen.  Even opening up my highly-organized (read:  not at all organized) pantry yields certain life lessons such as… MORE
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Apr. 20, 2012 12:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2012 7:21 am
S    So as part of my tenure as an Allrecipes Allstar, we’ve been asked to divulge what it is that we like about Allrecipes.  As soon as I stopped thinking, “What’s NOT to like” the creative wheels started to turn and I realized there are several reasons I love Allrecipes, and being a fan of… MORE
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Apr. 10, 2012 2:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2012 7:30 am
I’m from the South and us Southerners take our butter fairly seriously.  We like it in copious amounts on just about anything from cornbread to bullet holes because, like a bag of free money, it can make even the worst situation a bit better.Growing up in a farmhouse that was built in 1874,… MORE
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Nov. 11, 2011 10:20 am 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2011 11:39 am
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down.  It always has been and always will be, due to the fact that it doesn’t require me to haul out a green monstrosity from an over-packed storage unit, it doesn’t require me to buy gifts for people I really only know on a first-name basis, and it… MORE
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About Me
I grew up on a farm in Tennessee learning how to cook what we grew in the garden. I'm definitely a Southern girl at heart and love Southern cooking. I like to say there isn't a recipe I won't try...unless it involves beets. Ha!
My favorite things to cook
Southern food! You can't go wrong with it when you cook for guests - who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? Plus, i know most of the recipes by heart, so I don't have to drag out a cookbook. It also proves the theory that enough cheese can make anything taste good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My sister and I get together each Thanksgiving and go absolutely crazy. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without someone making pink gravy, or potatoes turning black, or completely forgetting the squash in the I suppose I would say "Thanksgiving Mishaps" would be our tradition.
My cooking triumphs
I got my husband to enjoy salmon. Granted, we had just started dating when I made it for him and he HAD to enjoy my salmon, but I'm calling it a "W" anyway.
My cooking tragedies
Well, there were the peanut butter noodles that I made with Worschestershire sauce (note to self: just because soy sauce and Worschestershire sauce come in similarly-shaped bottles does NOT mean they are similarly-flavored.) There is also the blackened catfish that turned out more "blackened" than "catfish." My husband still teases me about that (it even made an appearance in our wedding vows!)
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