Nicole Profile - (10353603)

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Home Town: Danville, Virginia, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Oct. 30, 2009 7:57 pm 
Updated: Feb. 8, 2010 8:22 am
I was so bummed earlier. I had written my entire blog to have it disappear. (What I didn't realize then was that it was all for good reason)I knew I wanted to wait until I had something special to share before starting to blog and what could be more special than my fifth anniversary with my… MORE
Five Years and Five Dozen Roses
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From The Blog:  Diaries of a Sous Chef
Me "Cheers"
About this Cook
My husband is really the chef in our late twenties/early thirties household where it is just the two of us (and our two pets). He is a great cook and loves to so I guess that gave me an excuse not to. After a couple of years with more time for enjoying being at home, I have discovered how much I enjoy cooking also. Now, I'm more than the "greatest sous chef" (according to DH). We really have a lot of fun cooking together and preparing meals for our friends and family. Our interest has become even more expansive since he is unable to tolerate gluten. We have someone over for dinner at least once a week, but most often two to three times a week. It's been a challenge adjusting almost 'everything' to be gluten free, but it's also been very rewarding too. I am southern born so I love southern foods and desserts, however, if you were to ask me my favorite food it would definitely be Mexican!
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Side Dishes, Pastas, Cakes, Cookies, Cheesecakes, Quick Breads; basically all desserts... I have a huge sweet tooth! I love discovering and making new recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My late, great "Granny" was a wonderful southern cook. I loved going "home" to Danville to spend time with her, as she always made sure to make me feel at home and she ALWAYS asked me what I wanted to eat when I got there. I will always miss her, but feel so close to her now when I'm in my own kitchen. Also growing up, the Holidays were always "special". They were full of great food, family and friends and because we had a large family there was always a lot of laughter. In fact, it is still this way now. It has also been wonderful adding the addition of my husbands family and being apart of their traditions as well, like Christmas breakfast at his parents house every year and a special birthday dinner for each family members birthday.
My cooking triumphs
I think when my Mom called to say that she would rather have us make her dinner (and it wasn't for sentimental reasons)rather than go to any restaurant of her choice, that was the greatest compliment!
My cooking tragedies
The first time that I actually made meringue, I made peppermint. Well the meringue turned out beautifully, however, the mint extract that I added (on top of the peppermint pieces) was so strong my husband says "it took your breath away". He was right and I still laugh about this one! I can make an awesome breath mint though :D
Recipe Reviews 207 reviews
Jeff's Hot Dog Chili
I made this last night for hot dogs. In the south we eat homemade slaw, homemade chili, diced sweet onions and mustard on our dogs. This was perfect for a southern hot dog! I used beef broth instead of water. Since I was using 80/20 beef I just cooked my beef and mashed it, drained it, and added it back to pan. Then added the beef broth as needed. I used Rotel's tomato sauce with diced green chiles (try it if you can still find it). I used a small 8 oz can of the tomato/chile sauce for 1.5 lbs of beef. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to a T. Absolutely yummy! My husband who doesn't eat chili with beans commented that he could eat this chili with just a spoon. BIG statement coming from him! Thanks so much for sharing this one! It's a keeper!!

149 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2012
Simple Carnitas
Ken you have really outdone yourself with this. The recipe was absolutely delicious! We're having them again tonight!! Thanks so much for your creativity and sharing this delightful recipe! You rock!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2012
Sweet Potato Pie I
I just made this on Wednesday (9/26/12) for my Mama's birthday. She wanted a Sweet Potato Pie and this is the one I chose. She said "it's the best sweet potato pie I have ever had." So right now, (9/29/12) I am making her another as she just got out of the hospital. I felt like she need a boost and this pie sure did make her happy. I followed the recipe almost to a T. The only thing that I added was (I used 2 med sized sweet potatoes), 1 Tbsp of flour, 1/4ish tsp of ginger and cloves to the other seasoning. I didn't have a piece, but the rest of my family all raved about it. And they are always honest with what they "really" think! Even the ones who don't eat Sweet Potato Pie. It did turn out beautifully. When I called to check my Mama, I asked, "do you want another Sweet Potato Pie" and she said, "Yes, I would love another that was the best pie I have ever had." Thank you so much Cougaar for such a delightful recipe that made my Mama so happy! I so appreciate you posting this!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2012

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