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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Escondido, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Camping/Fishing Trip
Sam's Famous Carrot Cake (Easter)
Me & My Two Men
(California) Buffalo Chicken Wings III
About this Cook
Allrecipes has made me a cooking Diva!! I use a recipe from this site almost every day. I became an independent consultant for Pampered Chef last October and have not only been enjoying sharing the products with others, but I LOVE how much easier my cooking life has become!! It's amazing what can be done with the right tools :o)
My favorite things to cook
Lately, I've really enjoyed trying new soup recipes and I love chicken recipes--especially stir-fry. I enjoy making quick and easy desserts that don't include a rolling pin or fancy ingredients. Basically, I am a sucker for the "semi"-homemade recipes that keep my life simple. I do enjoy spending extra time on the weekends to make a fancy dinner for friends and family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
All-day spaghetti. My husband had never had spaghetti sauce with pepperoni in it before, and swears that my sauce is the best he's ever had. I also love cooking with my mom, my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law's domestic partner. Having a big enough kitchen for all of us only happens on the holidays, but we have a great time giving each other a hard time while sharing family tips and "secrets." Cooking family holiday dinners has sort of passed on to me, so I am very grateful for; all of you are making me look good!!
My cooking triumphs
Finally figuring out how to get rice to come out the same way every time. That one took me quite a few years, for some reason!?! Discovering the use of a slow cooker for roasts was a huge triumph for me, before that, ugh! dry, dry, dry!
My cooking tragedies
Holy cow! The first time I made a turkey dinner by myself (about 20 years ago). The turkey DID NOT cook the way all of the recipe books and family directions said it would. I managed to have every single side-dish ready at the same time, but we had to wait almost another whole hour for the turkey...we ate the side dishes while waiting :-)
Recipe Reviews 105 reviews
Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
Well, I've made this recipe a few times now and we love Brussels sprouts! I can't believe I'd never had them before and now we've been eating them a few times a month. This recipe made the request list for Christmas dinner in a few days. That should tell you how good they were :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2013
Craig's Cocktail Sauce
I made this in a pinch, had to sub cider vinegar for lemon, soy for steak sauce and this was perfect! My sis-in-law & I tasted it, said, "it tastes like cocktail sauce" and that was that. Absolutely perfect taste and took a whole two minutes to make (including getting the stuff outta the pantry). Loving it! Thanks for making me look good :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2013
This came out so great!! I made it all by hand (thanks for the how-tos y'all) and shaped it into a round loaf. Yummy, yummy and super easy :) My family was duly impressed.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2013
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