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Carla H.

Carla H.
Home Town: Vinton, Virginia, USA
Living In: Vinton (Near Roanoke, Va), Virginia, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Mexican, Southern
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About this Cook
I enjoy baking and cooking for my family. As a mother of triplet boys (born in 2001), I don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. However, what I do cook I want to be as healthy, nutritious, and quick as possible -- which is hard when they have the pickiest tastes! I love Allrecipes because it is a website that I literally go to every day. We have to eat, so why not find great recipes to make!
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles and one-dish meals. Sports practices, piano lessons, life is so busy now, I need recipes that are filling and nutritious (at least most of the time!!) and come together quickly.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up helping my mother, a true Southern cook, in the kitchen. My fondest memories are of both of us making biscuits and cookies. Now that I have children of my own, I realize how much the food bonded us a family --- the fun preparing it and the discussions while eating it.
My cooking triumphs
Nothing makes me feel better than when my boys tell me how good something tastes. They all three have different tastes and I try hard to please my picky eaters! Allrecipes has allowed me to search, get ideas, and make recipes for my family, friends, co-workers, and other events.
My cooking tragedies
My first home-cooked meal after getting married in 1989. I was 18 yrs old and decided to make fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Everything looked delicious when it was done. However, the first bite revealed the chicken was still pink inside and the potatoes were watery and tasteless. Needless to say, my husband was great about it but to this day, he is the only one who makes fried chicken and mashed potatoes!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A recipe is needed for grilled cheese? Seriously??? It tastes like a grilled cheese sandwich that I started making when I was 10 years old. No surprises. If you want to try something different, add fresh parmesan to the butter....or use a mayo/parmesan mix in place of butter. That's different.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2014
Strawberry Freezer Jam
After reading tons of reviews on this jam, I have this to add: 1 - If you use RIPE strawberries (no white or green on the berries), then your jam will naturally be extra sweet. If you don't like the extra sweetness, use the pink pectin box and follow the directions for low sugar (4 c. crushed berries with 3 c. sugar). When I used berries that had a little white and green on them, 4 c. sugar was needed. The lady at the strawberry farm told me berries with a little green/white on them actually help jam set up (and I believe her). 2 - I like crushing the berries with a potato masher best. I think the chunkiness adds to making it a jam! (And you can use it for other things like smoothies and over ice cream.) 3 - If your berries seem too runny after crushing, drain off most of the extra liquid before adding the pectin to the berries. This really makes the jam set up and seems to evenly distribute the berries throughout the jam. I like it thicker! 4 - Boiling the pectin/water mixture for 1 minute and then adding to the berries and stirring again for 3 minutes also seems to aid in the jam setting up with no sugary crystals. My jam seems to set up in less than 30 minutes. 5 - Since this is not the cooked method, I recommend letting the jam cool and then immediately refrigerating/freezing. I left a jar out once and forgot to give it to a friend. Two days later, I opened it and it didn't smell bad but had a metallic taste, so taste can be affected. I HOPE THIS HELPS EVERYONE!

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Reviewed On: May 23, 2014
Banana Crumb Muffins
LOVED THIS. The crumb topping puts it over the top. I added an extra banana, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the batter. Then I doubled the topping and added double the cinnamon and 1 tsp. nutmeg. The NUTMEG is that missing taste that you absolutely need! Seriously - try that addition and you won't regret it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2012
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