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Home Town: Coral Springs, Florida, USA
Living In: Sante Fe, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a 29 year old wife and mother who just moved out to the country. I am a musician and love to create. Being this far out really is bringing my cooking to a new level as I have less conveniences available and make more from scratch.
My favorite things to cook
Local, local, local. I find that it is the freshest, healthiest way to eat. I buy as much as possible from local farmers, and gave up meat from the grocery stores in the interest of health and safety. My husband and I also grow our own veggies and herbs in the summer and go mostly vegetarian when the garden is going full blast. I love baking bread and cookies, and being creative with what we have on hand. I'll take any opportunity to learn a new skill in the kitchen, and find it empowering to opt out of the industrial food chain.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pot lucks, when we all bring our own creations together for one fantastic meal! Usually at the Piney river in the summer, absolute bliss! Also, summertime canning with my mother in law.
My cooking triumphs
Making bread from scratch, making cheese at home, my famous enchiladas, getting my husband to enjoy tofu, and my summer bruschetta.
My cooking tragedies
Starting my own yeast (still working on it) turned out not so great on my first try, mostly made a big mess. Then there was the marinara I slaved on all day, only to put it in the blender without the top on. My husband took me out for Italian that night :)
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Simply Traditional Lasagna
This was unbelievable! I had to make some adjustments to make due with ingredients on hand, so I used 1 lb of ground lamb instead of sausage (it gave it a wonderful savory flavor), and I also blended mild cheddar and fresh parmesean into the mozz to make it go farther. For the spices I just used a package of Italian dressing mix. We put the noodles in dry, as instructed, and we topped it with some diced pepperoni(under the final cheese layer). Had to let it bake for an extra 15 minutes, and add some extra sauce on top, but it was soooo good. My husband declared it the best he's ever had!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2009
Country Fried Steak and Milk Gravy
Delicious and easy! I used 1/2 cup safflower oil instead of the shortening and added a dash of worcestershire to the gravy. I also used top round steak instead of cube steak because that's what I had on hand. It was very tender and my husband told me he felt like his granny had just cooked him dinner. Thanks for the great recipe, it's a keeper!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2008
Ricotta Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli
Very yummy! My husband gobbled it right down. I will definitely make this again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2007

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