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Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican
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About this Cook
Though I’ve always LOVED to eat, my interest in cooking began a few short years ago after watching chefs craft dynamic dishes Food Network and PBS. Inspired by these culinary connoisseurs, I amassed a small arsenal of new cooking utensils, gave our kitchen pantry an “extreme makeover”, stocked it with all the items "real" chefs use when cooking, and started a collection of cookbooks found at yard sales and in thrift stores. I bid farewell to the average dinners I’d become accustomed to preparing and began serving more flavorful, exciting meals and started baking too. I've had so much fun that my friends and I have started a cooking club.
My favorite things to cook
As I said before, I LOVE to eat! Right now my favorite things to cook include Asian foods, Mexican foods, and pizzas. My newest interest is cooking with whiskey and wine. I'm a busy wife and mother, so I'm a huge fan of the slow cooker too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family, like many, is full of unofficial chefs who taught me well. My grandmother, mother, and my Aunt Mae are the women who taught me much about cooking. But my grandfather served as a cook in the military and has also been a great source of secret cooking information as well.
My cooking triumphs
I've had a few cooking triumphs. For the past two years, the moms' group I'm part of has sponsored a cooking contest. My entries have earned first and second place! However, my greatest cooking triumph came last year when I prepared a pound cake for a family gathering. My grandmother, the family's master baker, came to me and said that my pound cake was one of the most delicious she'd ever tasted. She then asked ME to share the recipe with her! Talk about a strange turn of events!
My cooking tragedies
There are way too many to bore you with! But if you really want hear one, just ask my husband about The Great Pesto Catastrophe of 2004.
Recipe Reviews 55 reviews
Sarah's Applesauce
Oh my goodness! This is the BEST applesauce I have ever tasted...seriously! I used Macintosh apples and followed another reviewers suggestion and tossed everything into my slow cooker. When it was done, I used my immersion blender to smooth the applesauce (my kids don't like chunks or lumps). Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the apples you use and adjust the cinnamon to your personal tastes. This recipe has found a home in my permanent recipe file!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2011
Best Bread Machine Bread
All the glowing reviews are on point! I took the loaf out of the machine at 2:30 and by 3:15 it was gone! Thank you for sharing

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2011
Sweet Potato Bread I
I usually avoid sweet potato/pumpkin breads because I find them to be too heavily spiced. This recipe is fabulous because the spices compliment rather than overpower the flavor of the sweet potatoes. The recipe makes a very moist bread. I chose to make muffins with the batter and enjoyed super moist muffins with just the right amount of spice. I added a cup or so of chocolate chips to the batter for a tasty twist. This recipe is now part of my permanent recipe file. Thank you so much for sharing.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2010
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