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Home Town: Newark, Delaware, USA
Living In: Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Apr. 4, 2009 7:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2012 2:49 am
This past Friday I participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event hosted by my university.  This was the second year that my university hosted this event and it was another great time spent, especially for a good cause.  In case you do not know what Relay for Life… MORE
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From The Blog:  Frog in the Kitchen
About this Cook
I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree. Sometimes when I get extremely stressed out, I start to think about what it would be like to cook/bake for a living, but I guess I can always keep that a backup plan! I believe my love of being in the kitchen first started with my Easy Bake Oven when I was younger! Oh yeah, also just having a love for food in general! Started to increase my cooking experience when I moved into my first apartment. I am learning and gaining more experience with cooking everyday. The only experience I had in the kitchen before college was baking at home. I love baking and am always looking for ways to improve the health factor of my baked goodies! I usually bake when I am bored, but love the fact that I can bring my goodies into the department and the other grad students are more than willing to take them off my hands! I want to take a cake decorating class. I also want to learn more about meal planning and what kinds of foods compliment each other.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking in general and finding/trying out new recipes to cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I myself do not have any cooking traditions yet, but my Grandmother makes a broccoli and potato recipe every Christmas that I absolutely love. I tried my hand at making the recipe, but it just wasn't the same. The next recipes on deck to try are Great Grandmother's meatballs and Lemon Lush, which are also Christmas favorites.
My cooking triumphs
Trying a new recipe and having it come out great! Every time I get a compliment on my food! I recently baked a three layer carrot cake recipe that my grandmother sent me. It is not her recipe, but she told me it was the best carrot cake she has ever had. I made it for a department bbq and it didn't last long at all! I have been requested several times to make it for friends' birthdays. However, I scale the recipe and make them cupcakes since it's quite the labor of love to make the whole cake!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make Phad Thai one day and ended up filling the entire kitchen with smoke. It was my first time attempt using a wok and oil to cook, unfortunately I almost started a fire!
Recipe Reviews 36 reviews
Mama's Asian Chicken and Rice
I used boneless chicken thighs and like some other reviewers, I doubled the sauce. I didn't have Chinese five-spice, so I used some Far East Sesame ginger blend from McCormick. Instead of cooking rice, I used Uncle Ben's Instant 90 sec. Jasmine Rice. I also added mushrooms and green beans. This was delicious!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2010
Butter Brickle Frozen Delight
Made this for the Fall Department picnic and it was amazing! The only down side is that it melts fast, but it did not last that long on the serving table for that to matter. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and whipped topping, sugar-free caramel syrup, and 1/3 less fat cream cheese. The recipe calls for 12 oz of frozen whipped topping, but I only used 8 oz, which is a normal sized container. I also added crushed toffee pieces to the crumbly layer. This one's a keeper!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2009
Corn and Black Bean Salad
I always believe a great recipe is one I choose to make more than once! I have made this recipe a few times now. The first time I made this I ate half of it by myself the first day. I rinsed both the corn and black beans before mixing with oil mixture. I did not have cumin, so I used onion powder instead. I also have not had fresh cilantro on hand, so I have used fresh cilantro paste, which comes in a squeeze tube, as well as frozen cilantro cubes. Definitely a recipe to save!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2009
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