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Laurie P.

Laurie P.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Magnolia, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I love to cook, even seriously thought about opening a small restaurant. If you know anyone in my area who needs a personal chef, let me know!
My favorite things to cook
Grilled everything, stir fry anything, saucy Italian dishes, honey-fried chicken, salads, desserts, just about anything really.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've taught all my kids (3 sons & 1 daughter) how to cook (hopefully) well enough to keep themselves happy & full. I love to make food gifts for Christmas & birthdays. My daughter is starting to follow in that direction too! And my Thanksgiving turkey on the grill is always a special request hit!
My cooking triumphs
Casseroles and feeding multitudes, honey-fried chicken (pioneer Daniel Boone's favorite), feeding 20+ using just an 18" charcoal grill, crockpot, stovetop & a TINY oven every Thanksgiving while also working 5 hours that morning.
My cooking tragedies
My 1st try @ winter jam. It burned so bad that it's still welded to the bottom of my dutch oven; & that was 10 yrs ago!! Re-learning to cook on an electric rangetop was also an experience, & not always a good one. (I really prefer a gas range.)
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Pretty Peach Cake with Pineapple Frosting
Made this for the weekly office meeting. Decided to forgo the frosting & just top with powdered sugar. It was GREAT!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2013
Hash Brown and Egg Casserole
This is my go-to recipe for church meals... I usually make it to serve 150 and it's always loved. I especially like the one comment about precooking the potatoes w/ butter before assembling. That adds texture and another layer of flavor to this dish. YUM!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2013
Healthier Chantal's New York Cheesecake
This is a recipe that I also created when working at a cafe. My customers wanted cheesecake so badly, but wouldn't get it because of the "lips to hips" factor. I admit that it is a bit blander than the original Chantal's, but you can jazz it up with a tablespoon or 2 of good all-fruit spread or toppings. This is definitely a good choice for someone with that craving who wants to be smart about it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2012
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