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Home Town: Vernon, Texas, USA
Living In: Upland, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a single mom of a 16 yr old girl. As I've gotten older and gained a little weight, as well as trying to keep fibromyalgia and lupus under control, I'm learning to cook and eat healthier after so many years of being told to eat anything and everything to gain weight. How life changes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother, a gourmet chef and excellent baker, taught me at an extremely young age how to cook, as did her mother before. Born and raised in Texas, we all started out with good ol down home cooking but, once my grandmother started traveling around the world, she began collecting other recipes and going outside of her comfort zone. Some turned out wonderfully.. other things turned into jokes, many that my brothers and I still laugh about. As a mother, I'm trying to teach my daughter as many of our family's traditional staples as possible. Unfortunately, at this age, she's more interested in skateboarding and video games. Oh, and boys.
My cooking triumphs
I don't have too many triumphs to speak of. I mean, nothing truly interesting. Yet, with my daughter steering towards veggies and away from meats, it's given me great chances to work up some interesting salads, and to find inventive ways of sneaking meat into her diet.
My cooking tragedies
I have a bad habit of overcooking a lot of things. I think that it's because I tend to lose track of time, getting caught up in whatever I'm doing and forgetting. I'm working on that, though.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Penne and Vodka Sauce
I did a few changes, mostly adding to the amounts of ingredients, but instead of the bacon I used spicy Italian sausage and Hunt's spaghetti sauce since I didn't have enough tomato sauce on hand. Then I topped it with grated parmesan cheese and baked it at 350 til it all melted together. My finicky teenaged daughter absolutely loved it and declared that it is "a repeat," meaning that we'll add it to our "do again" menu.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2012

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