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Caramel Shortcake

Caramel Shortcake
Home Town: Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
Living In: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a wife and mother of two beautiful little ones (girl, 4yo and boy, 2yo). Since having my first, I just discovered cooking as something I really enjoy. I did it out of necessity before, and without much fanfare, but after the birth of my daughter I've come to really enjoy it. I LOVE it when I make something my picky kids will eat. When the grin and say "Ummmmm good!" it's the best natural high. Or even better, when they practically inhale it down without words, I REALLY know I've hit the jackpot. I love to try to come up with easy, but family friendly and relatively healthy meals. I work outside the home, so my goal in my culinary life is to build a menu that includes easy to prepare, relatively healthy food that my entire family will enjoy. Easier said than done!
My favorite things to cook
I've come up with really good and easy beef and chicken stews, Finley Biscuit balls and Finley Taco Biscuits (recipes coming soon!). I LOVE to make desserts--cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, etc. I used to have a SERIOUS sweet tooth. I also like roasting chickens--there's so much you can do with that, it's fun for me to find more/different seasoning, flavoring, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is from Louisiana, so she is all about crabs, crawfish, and gumbo. I sincerely regret not wanting to learn how to cook the above growing up. I plan to beg her to show me when she comes to visit in a few months! We are Southerners at heart, so my mom could make all the requisite Southern dishes: Collard, mustard, and spinach greens; pecan pie; chit'lins; homemade stuffing, fried chicken (which I STILL have trouble with!), baked ham, etc. My mom could (still can) throw down in the kitchen! And of course, I can make none of the above. We have a "Nouveau Southern" thing going in my house. "Tastes homemade with half the time!" That's our motto.
My cooking triumphs
Coming up with simple, easy kid-pleasers (the above referenced stews and biscuit dishes). That's the only thing I can claim for myself. Now, I've made tons of stuff from recipes that came out great (adding a little here and there), but I don't think of following someone else's recipe as a personal triumph.
My cooking tragedies
We had a little roasted chicken disaster that we don't speak of. :)
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes
These are UNBELIEVABLE!!! I've made them 4 times, already and my hubby and kids LOVE them. I made the recipe as written (I thought) the first time, but it turns out I had too much flour. Even so, I added more and more buttermilk until they were JUST pourable. They turned out fabulous! The 2nd time I made them was weird. I'm not sure what happened-I made them exactly as written and though the flavor was good, the texture was not. It was bumpy and squishy in places. The pancakes themselves came out flat and flabby. I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, but I suspect the buttermilk I used wasn't good. I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with the recipe, because the 3rd and 4th time I made these were a hit. They turned out PERFECTLY. The 4th time I made them, I added about 1/2 TBS of cinnamon and 3 capfuls of vanilla, by the way. STUPID DELICIOUS. :) The recipe does a great job of describing the way the batter (almost dough) should look, and that is REALLY helpful (especially for those of us used to making instant just-add-water pancakes). I will never, EVER make instant pancakes again!! Thank you SOOOOO much for freeing me and my family! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2013
Chip Chicken Lollipops
Ok, maybe I somehow did something wrong, but this came out really, REALLY bland. I should've added more seasoning to the actual chicken--that's my fault. Of course, it also doesn't say to do that, so technically I did follow the recipe almost exactly as written, and it turned out so tasteless we didn't even eat it. I saved the cooked chicken for another dish. It was so bland that when I peeled away the batter, it went great in some quesadillas (with more and different seasoning, of course). Honestly, I don't know how everyone else is getting theirs to turn out well. I picked cheddar cheese and sour cream ruffles. I also used buttermilk instead of regular. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I'm sorry, but it's pretty bad when you can't even SERVE it. Not a good recipe (for me, anyway).

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2011
Bean Quesadillas
This was FANTASTIC! I was missing a few items, but it was still amazing. That's what's so great about this recipe. It doesn't matter if you don't have all the ingredients--in fact, you can add several that aren't even listed and it will still turn out great! I've had this 3 times already in the past week. The first time I made it, I was missing tomatoes and garlic (and I just didn't want to add corn), and I added some taco seasoning to the veggies. The 2nd & 3rd time I made it, I added some chopped olives and sliced jalapenos. Thanks so much for a yummy new staple!

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2011

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