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Home Town: Northcentral, Florida, USA
Living In: Horsecountry, Florida, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Single Mother of two grown kids, both awesome and one granddaughter (3 yrs) Living w/some med issues and can't do some things but CAN do lots and LOVE to cook, garden,read, keep the grandbaby. I just try to be thankful for every day I get, love to watch the sun rise with a cup of coffee while early-walking in the garden. The hummingbirds and songbirds are a fav, too, keep me busy filling all the feeders(6).
My favorite things to cook
Curry, on an eternal mission to replicate a favorite dish(Panang Chicken) from a local Thai restaurant.Love my Southern cooking roots and all the accompanying dishes. I can pretty much do any of those well. Take pleasure in new dishes from any and everywhere, both trying them and cooking them. Love baking and desserts in general and the proof is in my behind! LOL My favorite quote is "You can't trust a skinny cook".
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom's white fruitcake recipe (no nasty peel or citron) that she got from her Mom. I make a luscious chocolate pie from an elderly neighbour I begged for about age 17. Also make Choc/walnut pies for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
An awesome Chicken Marsala I used to make, then promptly lost the recipe for it. It called for sage leaves in addition to the reg ingred, but I've not seen one like it yet. Several homey-type recipes. A really decent fried rice, too.
My cooking tragedies
Very few, thankfully, I remember the "parsnip incident" as my grown daughter still calls it, after about 20 yrs. Even then I'd try new things and had never tasted parsnips, went by a fairly simple recipe, just cooked and buttered, I think. I'd made the poor daugh. eat a couple of spoonfuls despite her protests that they were horrible...then I tasted them, ewwww, ewwww and yuck, bitter and inedible. She's never let me forget it.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Eggnog Fudge
Liked the recipe, not the directions. Fudge has to be brought to temperature (138* for soft ball) or it won't set. I used the quantities but brought it to 138* before adding the last ingredients. Turned out perfect but needs more nutmeg, the primary flavoring for eggnog. I also sprinkled freshly grated nutmeg on top. Yes, it's sweet, it's supposed to be, it's CANDY. Thanks for the recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2010
Ranch Dressing II
LOVE this recipe! Perfect blend of herbs and spices as is, I did however add some MSG (yeah, I know, not politically correct, but I have read the studies, and it tastes GOOD). I didn't have sour cream but look forward to using it next time as just mayo is really too thick. I used it in a pasta salad and everyone loved it and cleaned their plates.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2010
Chow Mein Noodle Cookie
Made these today for Easter, but had to double the amount of chow mein noodles(5oz. was just not enuf for 3 cups of chips) and added 2 tsp. coconut oil when the chips started to seize up in the double boiler. I formed the clusters into nests and put jelly beans in the center. They were just too cute and everyone loved them.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 4, 2010

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