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Feb. 6, 2012 9:21 am 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 6:50 pm
This week begins my second month as an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. I have to say that it has awakened a part of me that has been hiding for a long time. My love of cooking has always been present, but I now feel that I am in better company than I had ever imagined. So, I begin this… MORE
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Jan. 22, 2012 10:42 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2012 7:40 am
Hello to all of my new cooking buddies (and those who I have yet to meet)! I've been a member of Allrecipes since 2006, but this is my first foray into the wilds of publicly bragging about my cooking. I've blogged about a lot of things, but never thought that I had much to share about… MORE
 
 
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Flying Wizard

Home Town
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Living In
Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2006

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Nouvelle, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
Although my parents were both gourmands, it never really rubbed off on me until I got married. My then husband became chief guinea pig for any and every recipe I tried. Bless him, he was a trooper! After we split up, I retained my adventurous streak, and will eagerly attempt anything. My current rave is food from ancient Europe. I can tell you a few things about the reason behind the popularity of cinnamon in those days.
My favorite things to cook
For years now, I've been a fan of the recipes of 14th and 15th century Europe, especially England. Some folks think the English make bland or scary food. There are some things I won't eat (blood sausage), but in 'Olde' England, they were very imaginative in their cooking. How about some Chicken with Dragon's Blood Sauce? Dragon's Blood? Red sandalwood. Yummy! I have made several recipes for special events, and everyone loves them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really get to know my mom until I was a teen. But those years we had together bear some wonderful memories of meatloaf, potato soup, even tuna casserole. My mom made the best homemade soft rolls. I miss her. My dad's mom was an influence as well. She grew up in the Depression era, so she taught me the importance of using what you have. Recipe calls for bacon? Use that leftover ham in the fridge. Bread pudding and 'Poor Man's Cake' were regular desserts. I still love them! Still looking for the perfect "Poor Man's Cake" and chow chow recipes.
 
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