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Lisa S.

Lisa S.
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Living In: Mattoon, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Spiderweb cheesecake
Spiderweb cheesecake (no-bake)
Me and my baby
me and my kids
About this Cook
I am a single mother of three, so I am always looking for cheap, quick meal ideas for my little family. I am known as Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart around the holidays by the people in my life because of my creativeness and love for cooking. I have been cooking and baking on my own for 11 or more years so I know a little bit when in the kitchen. I like making things from scratch more than convenience food-in-a-box because its healthier, I know what is going into it, and I can change it up to suit my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I used to be big into baking. My specialty was cheesecake. I would make all kinds of cheesecakes, but my favorite was the marbled pumpkin cheesecake. I found the recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine and made it many, many times. I stopped baking as much because I gained a lot of weight and developed health problems. So now I am more of a health nut and try to alter recipes to make them more wholesome and healthful. I like using whole wheat flour and organic ingredients when I can. I have done away with shortening and sometimes use org. coconut oil in its place. Using all-natural ingredients is important to me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love Christmas time. It is my favorite time of year, because I have designated that time for my baking. I love making cookies, cakes, and pies to give away as gifts. And the kids enjoy getting in there and helping as well.
My cooking triumphs
I would have to say, my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner was a huge triumph for me. I was cooking for twenty or so people and I was only 19 yrs old. I did it all myself and everything but the gravy turned out perfect. I remember not being able to get the gravy to thicken. Everyone raved about how moist the turkey was. I took my mothers advice and injected it with butter and basted often. I have never made it any other way. Thanks mom!
My cooking tragedies
I have had many cooking tragedies and still do every so often. I cant really think of one that stands out above the rest. But without those mistakes I wouldnt be the great cook I am today.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar
This recipe made some excellent cookies for me and the jars were fun to make(a bit of a pain to pack down). But when I gave the jars away as gifts last year I got complaints. I filled the jars about a week or so before giving them and those who waited a while (a few weeks or so)to make the cookies had problems. Apparently the brown sugar hardened and wouldnt come out of the jar except with a chisel and hammer. So, I would recommend not letting the mix sit in the jar for too long. But aside from that the cookies are super yummy and the jars looked beautiful.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2008
Chocolate Clusters
My mom would make these every year around christmas time but she omitted the peanuts. Now it is one that I too make during the holidays. I didnt really like them as a kid but now that I am older they have become a favorite.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2008
German Sweet Chocolate Pie
This is one of my favorites. I have been making this pie for years and everyone always wants the recipe. I usually double the cream cheese(lite), omit the sugar, and add all of the cool whip(lite) to the mixture. The hazelnut creamer is a good idea. I am a coffee drinker so maybe adding a little espresso flavor would be great as well.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2008

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