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Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Living In: Nicholson, Georgia, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a frustrated medical professional! I make too much money to give up my job and cook. I haven't figured out a way to make a healthy living doing what I love. I grew up cooking southern food, trained by the 2 best chefs I have ever met, my Mom and Nanny. I feel blessed that they instilled in me the love of cooking and that their traditions live on through my cooking. Cookbooks and foodie magazines are my version of porn!
My favorite things to cook
I love, love, love cooking French and Italian recipes! Also, simpler things like grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato soup and chili. I also entertain a good bit, so I'm always trying to come up with new ideas for finger foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Definitely the holidays, and any government holiday will be a good excuse to cook up something fabulous and have some friends over.
My cooking triumphs
The last Christmas holiday that my parents were alive, they spent with me. I was so proud to reproduce everything that my Mom would have cooked at her house if she had been able! It all tasted just like she had cooked it!
My cooking tragedies
On that same Christmas, I had made a huge pan of macaroni and cheese for all of the kids and vegetarians. As I was just getting ready to pop it in the oven, I thought, well, this is the same old, same old... what can I do to make it better? What would Paula (Deen) do? So I added sour cream. It was delicious! Apparently, too delicious, my dog climbed up on the stove and knocked it to the ground, eating it all! Fortunately, it was after everybody had gotten at least one serving!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Wow, I had everything on hand to make these, including freshly picked pickling cucumbers! After reading the other reviews, the only change I made was cutting the sugar in half. It's only been 5 days, and like the other reviewers, I just couldn't wait to taste them. Incredibly awesome! Absolutely love them, but even with the sugar cut in half, I can still taste a slight sweetness. Next time, ( this weekend, bumper crop!) I will use slightly less than half of the sugar, seeking perfection! It's all just a matter of taste, but I really don't like any kind of sweet pickles, I love garlicky, vinegar pickles. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 29, 2011
Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Hummus
I've never found a hummus recipe that I liked, so mine is always store bought. Not any more! Based on other reviews, I added fresh chopped garlic, black olives, a touch of olive oil, and just because it was on hand, fat free feta with tomato and basil. Put it all in the food processor and voila! Very tasty! Will be saving a ton of $ by making my own from now on! Thanks, Valerie!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 30, 2011
Absolute Mexican Cornbread
After reading the other reviews, I also made some changes to this recipe. I cut the butter to 1/2 cup, the sugar was decreased to 1/2 cup, I used about 3/4 cup of jarred jalapenos, and a dash ( or 2) of cayenne pepper. I also cooked it in a 10 inch iron skillet ( hey, I'm from the South, ya'll!) for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Turned out great, awesome, excellent! I would have given it 5 stars, but the original recipe had too much butter and sugar for my taste. Will definitely add this to my recipe box with my changes, and I will surely make this one again!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2011
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