Barbara Profile - (1029)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a mother of two, grandmother of three (soon to become four), and I work in civil rights law enforcement. I also sing professionally, and do the occasional voiceover. I'm in the final stages of a floor-to-ceiling kitchen renovation, and my dear friend Shirley was so kind to tell me that EVERYONE cries during one of these projects.
My favorite things to cook
My family loves pork chops! I use a secret ingredient that gives them an unmistakably delicious flavor. I love to bake: cakes, pies, muffins, cookies, so I simply CANNOT live without my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Because I come from a family of superb cooks I was taught how to make my grandmother Marguerite's Pound Cake and my mother's Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo as a young girl. Every Christmas my mom made several pitchers of homemade eggnog, and along with her bourbon balls, they were a special part of our holiday celebrations. And of course, I learned how to make Southern Fried Chicken!
My cooking triumphs
Pork chops: so flavorful, moist, and tender! Other family favorites are my Buttermilk Brownies, a one-pan dish called "What the Heck Do I Make For Dinner?" and my late husband's favorite, Lemon Meringue Pie. I love so many of the many wonderful recipes that have been shared on AllRecipes -- it's been my go-to resource for close to 10 years!
My cooking tragedies
I find no reason to retain memories of cooking tragedies, so I can't help you there! LOL
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Moist Yellow Cake
This is a fabulous cake! I've made it at least 6 dozen times, and it is easy to make, very moist and delicious. I don't understand the reviewers who said it tastes like cornbread. I've never experienced that with this recipe, so I can only assume they've done something wrong. This recipe is a classic, and is one I depend on when I want something that will impress.

99 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2005
Amy's Garlic Egg Chicken
This was GREAT! I made the recipe using 6 chicken breast halves, and found that one egg yolk wasn't enough, so I used 2 whole eggs for the marinade. I agree that there is a boatload of crumb mixture. I refrigerated what was left for the next time I make this. It's easy, and delicious! We LOVE garlic and we LOVE easy, so it's perfect for my family. Serve it with rice and salad or vegetable, and it's the perfect meal!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2005
Eggnog Quick Bread
This recipe is perfect for Christmas gift giving. I usually add a cup of fresh cranberries, which really makes it ideal for the holiday season. Now, friends are disappointed if they DON'T receive it!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2003
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