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Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Living In: Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a mom of three and like to cook for our family and for friends. I love bike riding and kayaking and reading with the kids. I take about 100 pictures a day -- nah, probably a week.
My favorite things to cook
I love things that turn out great but don't take all day to make, I love to make things that are aesthetically pleasing. I love to make vegetables fun. The shredded brussel sprouts on this site were a fantastic find -- the teachers at Teachers Appreciation all wanted the recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandfather is Spanish, I wish I had more of his recipes. I do have an original gazpacho recipe (which does NOT include tomato juice, thank you very much), and my grandmother (from the other side) is Mexican, so I make killer enchiladas.
My cooking triumphs
Every time I make something new and it rocks.
My cooking tragedies
The first 20 times I tried to make grandpa's gazpacho. And I almost always burn the last batch of cookies I bake.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Moroccan Harira (Bean Soup)
Meat Addition review: I was looking for a 15 bean soup recipe and found this gem. I added 2 lbs of Italian pork sausage (because that's what I had) cooked up with spices and the onion. I added fresh green beans cut into 1/4 inch pieces, corn and fresh tomatoes along with 2 cups of dry mixed lentils and no canned beans. I didn't add quinoa, because I didn't have any on hand right now, but love the cilantro in it. This is a great base recipe, you can leave it as is or add to it as you want to. I would have liked to have some seasoned diced tomatoes in the pantry, but the fresh turned out fine (and are healthier, too). I had limes, in lieu of lemons, and squeezed them on top, but lemon would probably give better flavor to this recipe. I'm going to add a dallop of sour cream to mine... Either way, it's hard to go wrong. Mine is good, but I look forward to trying this again when I have more of the original recipe ingredients on hand. Don't be afraid to mix it up!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2015
Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball
My mom made this for the holidays all the time growing up and today I'm making it for New Year's Eve. She didn't use walnuts and layered sliced green olives all around it -- but I am chopping up the olives and rolling it in walnuts which is easier, just as pretty and adds a nice crunch :) She served it with Ritz crackers and Chicken in a Biscuit crackers so I'll probably do the same, maybe a whole grain cracker also. It's definitely delicious and presents well on a nice cheese platter or plate.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2014
Banana Sour Cream Bread
This is delicious. This year we "made" Christmas. I made a loaf of this bread to add to every relative's gift basket and for each of my child's teachers (I did mini loaves for my son's teachers as he is in middle school and we had a LOT of teachers, assistant teachers and administrators) - we also made chocolate drizzled popcorn. Because we made SO much of this recipe, I froze the loaves until we were ready to make the baskets. They freeze/thaw out nicely. I will do this again next year. We got so many compliments on it. I did what the other reviewer suggested and added a topping: brown sugar (1/2 cup), flour (1/2 cup) and walnuts (1/3 cup), 3 tbsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon mixed and crumbled over top of bread to bake. When I ran out of tins I had some pretty tulip shaped muffin tins and I made some of those, too... they puffed up beautifully. I am on my way to make more of this now for breakfast tomorrow. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014

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