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Home Town: Maryland, USA
Living In: Louisiana, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Oct. 31, 2012 1:47 pm 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2012 1:24 pm
So, I moved to a new city, new state, new geographical region this past June. I switched careers, went back to school, and in general completely traded in my old life for a new one. And now, I don't know anyone, except for my coworkers and fellow students. For those of you who know me from AR,… MORE
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About this Cook
I love to garden, and I love to cook what's in my garden. I grew up vegetarian and went through many styles of diet until I ended up where I am today. I love vegetarian food, seafood and poultry. I love to try new things and every year in the garden I rearrange what I'm growing - one of these days I'll find the perfect balance for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake bread and desserts, and since the man joined me in the house with two crazy dogs, I get to bake a lot more. My friends and neighbors still end up the lucky recipients for anything he doesn't scarf down though. Cajun and southern food is a particular favorite, I never met a grit or a fricasee that I didn't LOVE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am the family baker, so I get to play around with desserts every year for all of the holidays. I am not allowed to skip the brandied pumpkin pies for thanksgiving or christmas, and we have to have lemon something for easter. I also make huge batches of apple butter every winter and that's become my favoite part of fall.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting Thanksgiving last year I served 12 with no assistance. I made the soup, rolls, salads, sides, turkey and desserts. It was a treat for me to be able to do that for my family instead of the normal potluck that we do. No one else had to lift a finger and I got to do what I love!
My cooking tragedies
I have a few, but last year's jalapeno fume cloud takes the cake. I was making a jalapeno pickling liquid and forgot to turn the vent fan on. I ended up having the get my dog and leave the house for several hours while the vapors diminished! Thank goodness I did not throw the habaneros in the pot too!
Recipe Reviews 288 reviews
Classic Caramel Corn
This was good, and the teachers at my school thought it was a great surprise treat at our weekly meeting. It stores well, and definitely has that classic caramel corn taste - just like what we got on the boardwalk when I was a kid.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2012
Oven Baked Jambalaya
I throw an annual mardi gras party, and this dish is a life saver! You don't need to be exacting when you chop the veggies or the meat, so don't spend a ton of time on chopping. There's a lot of veggies here, so if you're not fast with a knife, the prep time will be longer. Also, note the recipe calls for pre-cooked meats. If you don't have precooked meats, go ahead an poach some chicken breasts while you're chopping veggies! Lastly, I like to cover my dish with foil, and put the lid on it. If steam is getting out because your seal isn't tight enough, then your rice won't cook all the way.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2012
Cindi's Jambalaya Cajun Pot Pie
I really enjoyed this, but man is it filling once you add crust to the jamablaya! Also, the bottom crust got a little soggy. Next time, I will probably do away with the bottom crust, and just go for the top. I also like to add tomatoes to my jambalaya, so I iwl likely make that addition as well. Overall, nice and creative use of leftovers for me.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2012
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