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Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Me and the Hubby
About this Cook
I've been married to my husband, Kyle for 2 years. I'm from The South, but am always seeking healthy alternatives to the not-always-healthy cooking styles that seem to find their home in our area!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are pastas, anything with cheese (any kind!), and vegetables.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking at the holidays! During my college years, when I'd come home for the holidays, my mom helped me to make money for Christmas gifts by baking and selling holiday items. It was a huge memory-making event for us every year, we stayed busy, and I always made enough money to get the presents I wanted to get, and pay for gas for my whole family to visit our extended family in Georgia!
My cooking triumphs
Honestly ... marrying my husband, who is very creative (albeit very messy) in the kitchen! :) Haha!
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to count. Let's just say that my husband is the one to call on when you're trying to get something out of the 'nothing' in the cabinets. :)
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Baked Pork Chops I
I've made these twice now. I made them last night for dinner and, as I was setting the items out for the mixing, I realized I was almost completely out of bread crumbs. So I decided to use quick oats instead and it was still fantastic!! I just mixed the oats with a little basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, and garlic and used it the same as the bread crumbs.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2008
Chicken Rotini Stovetop Casserole
This recipe is DELICIOUS! My husband is NOT a fan of casseroles, but this is a little bit more like a pasta dish than a "casserole". (We're from The South where anything called a "Casserole" is mixed with mayo or COMS and covered in a layer of crumbled crackers with tons of cheese and baked for a while.) I made this for him and his bandmates one evening this week and it received stellar reviews!! It's perfect for the spring/summer because it's so light tasting. The flavor of the basil and bell peppers mixed ... that's trick, I think! I changed a couple of things. I followed one reviewer's idea of using only two pans -- one for boiling the pasta and the other for everything else. Excellent idea. Who wants to wash an extra two pots?! And I also added a dose of garlic to the chicken and bell pepper while it cooked. (Maybe ~1/2 tsp.) This will definitely be a repeat at our house! Yum!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2008
Fresh Tomato Salsa
This salsa is delicious. I did follow some reviewers recommendations, however, and cut back the amount of chile peppers. I'm glad I did. Two peppers was the perfect amount. The smell of this salsa leaves a lot to be desired because the amount of fresh onions. This made me think, "Oh, no! No one's going to eat it because it's too oniony." But it all got eaten with not much of a problem! :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2008

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