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Home Town: Panama City, Florida, USA
Living In: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home mom with four beautiful children. I love cooking, especially trying new recipes and then eating the fruits of my labors. Other hobbies include crochet, playing piano and organ, building stuff, and reading. My husband and I like to try out new recipes together.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a sucker for desserts. I love making just about anything that's sweet and baked, especially if it's a bit on the fancy side. Double-crust fruit pies, bundt and layer cakes, miniature tarts, sandwich cookies, parfaits, cheesecakes, you name it. I also enjoy making various types of bread. Homemade bread is the best.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is big on our special holiday food menus. We always have a special breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. And New Years wouldn't be the same without Traveling Tacos and Hearty Cheese Dip, both with a healthy helping of tortilla chips. I grew up with these traditions, and have carried them with me to my own family.
My cooking triumphs
I have been teaching myself the art and science of the perfect pie crust. I learn something new with each crust I make, and they keep getting better and better. I feel a little surge of excitement and pride every time I serve something I've cooked; there is rarely a time when my cooking doesn't elicit many whole-hearted compliments.
My cooking tragedies
My daughter's first birthday cake was a disaster. I had found a recipe for ultra-healthy carrot cake with ultra-healthy cream cheese frosting. It was the ugliest, least yummy cake I've ever tasted, chock full of apple juice concentrate and raisins (even the frosting had raisins!) and whole wheat flour. Everyone tried to put on a good face, but I think my daughter was the only one who really enjoyed it, and that was because she didn't know any better. For her second birthday, I used a chocolate cake mix and a cream-cheese-and-cool-whip frosting covered in crushed candy. It was much better!
Recipe Reviews 64 reviews
Amish White Bread
Fantastic! I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out great! The whole family enjoyed it and I don't think it's going to last very long. It was easy to make though, so it won't be a problem to make more. Next time I want to put in some lecithin powder to increase the protein content, but that's just us.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2012
Christmas Cake
This was my first time making fruit cake and it was delicious! I omitted the citrus peel (husband and I don't care for citrus peel) and substituted candied pineapple. I also omitted the currants and dates and used extra raisins to save a bit of money. I used apple juice in place of brandy. I definitely want to make this again next year for Christmas.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2010
Pumpkin Butter I
So flavorful and delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, wouldn't change a thing. Great served on biscuits or on pumpkin pancakes.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2009

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