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Cooking and Baking with Ma Bott

Jun. 6, 2012 10:33 am 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 1:28 pm
There is one particular sauce that I cannot seem to get enough of and would like to try more and that is the Tobasco brand pepper sauce. Everyone the world over loves this sauce and this sauce seems to love most dishes. My husband and co-workers give an eyebrow up when they learn I smother my… MORE
Jun. 4, 2012 11:37 am 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 1:28 pm
"Dear, I have been gone but I have not forgotten you. My home-cooked meals went by the wayside, but like all things have come full circle. Like most good friends I hope we can pick up where we left off because I have, indeed, missed you. I feel my family missing your presence… MORE
Dec. 12, 2011 6:20 pm 
Updated: Jan. 31, 2012 4:28 am
I think for most there are two schools of thought when it comes to the George Foreman grill. The first being that it is as good as any other kitchen tool and is now becoming a classic standby to the outdoor or stovetop grill. The second is that it is cheating and you should use the outdoor or… MORE
Dec. 10, 2011 5:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 8:03 pm
What is the secret to some of the most beloved recipes? Simplicity, and nothing is as simple as a s'more. There is something about that gooey, sticky, get it all over the face mess that keeps us going back for more. Nobody is quite sure where the s'more originated. We do know it started… MORE
Dec. 6, 2011 7:35 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 5:38 am
Parsley, do you love it or hate it? Personally, I am not a fan. To me parsley poses as an herb, but really isn't. Used as a garnish in thousands of dishes it lays there staring and says, "I'm not tasty. I'm rather bland but, it, I'm G-R-E-E-N!" Lettuce stirs up the same feeling. I prefer a… MORE
Pork Chops Ala Jasmin All-In-1 Skillet with a side dish of baby limas. Garnish?Thyme! Smells fantast
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Dec. 5, 2011 12:08 pm 
Updated: Jan. 1, 2012 8:42 pm
First, I am not Ma Bott. My name is Kristy Smith. Ma Bott was my Great Grandma Frabott and most of her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her by that name (or so she told me). This lady was an amazing woman and, above all, a phenomenal cook. Her heritage goes back to Florence, Italy… MORE
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About Me
I'm a 32 year old wife, mother and environmental educator.Food is amazing to me. My friends think I have a genuine relationship with any meal I eat. My husband brings good southern food to the table and I bring what I've learned of Italian cooking into the household. My mother never cooked, so I learned out of necessity. I'm told I'm an excellent baker. I learned from my Great Grandma Frabott who's mother was from Florence, Italy. I'm very proud of my Italian and Scotch/Irish heritage and the wonderful recipes that have been passed down to me.
My favorite things to cook
Multi-Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce; Carrot Cake Cupcakes; Fish (It is really easy to cook after you get over feeling like you're going to mess it up); and Chicken Dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Great Grandma's family is from Florence, Italy and they passed down some fabulous Italian recipes....I love Pizzelles at christmas time!
My cooking triumphs
I know it's funny, but.....carmelizing apples without overcooking them.....and pork chops without making them like a thin pork jerky.
My cooking tragedies
The roast chicken that ended up on the driveway (oh it was a horrible accident), carmelized apples that somehow got left cooking too long. I'm sure I'll add more to this list.
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