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Home Town: Bertram, Texas, USA
Living In: Spicewood, Texas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Music, Wine Tasting
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Blog...  1 post
Feb. 13, 2011 1:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 24, 2011 10:51 am
I love cooking.  It's the one "chore" in my world that is not a chore at all.  It replenishes my soul.  I like thinking aobut what I will cook, going to the grocery store to get all the ingredients, working in the kitchen to make a meal, and finally, eating the food and serving it… MORE
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From The Blog:  Feeding My Soul
Me in June 09
On the water
Me at my best (on vacation)
About this Cook
I love food and cooking.I have two teenagers at home but the people I really like to cook for are my friends. I love to hear them ask me what dish I brought to the party so they can make sure they get some. I try different dishes over and over agian until I've gotten it right. I love all kinds of food- adventurous eater as well as cook. Of course, living in Texas, beef is on the menu a lot. My daughter loves anything asian or with pasta so we try new recipes for pasta dishes all the time from the ALLRECIPES website. The recipes I cook usually aren't the low fat variety. I figured out the secret to making people like your food- always make a recipe that uses bacon, butter, or half and half. (don't tell my secret). I read cookbooks for entertainment and inspiration.
My favorite things to cook
Gumbo, by far. I love to spend the 3 hours it takes to cook it and then hear my family and friends rave about that batch. I have a stovetop smoker and my kids swear I'll try to smoke anything. I like cooking seafood, fish clams, etc. And I love cooking something I've never made before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My little brother and I have a crawfish boil every year. My dad smokes brisket for us every time we go see him (and I usually talk him into sending me home with some). My mom makes the best low calorie recipes. I learn a lot from her about how to make a recipe taste good without adding so many claories.
My cooking triumphs
gumbo, smoked salmon, jamaican rice salad,
My cooking tragedies
I burn the bread every time. I think I'm officially banned from warming bread now.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
This was great! The first time I ever made a Cioppino. The broth was wonderful! Start with a big pot!!! Mine was so full I had a hard time stirring the last ingredients in (what a problem to have, right?)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2012
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Make ahead before a busy cooking day!!! 5 stars Flavor added by sour cream and cream cheese: 5 stars Matriarch of the Thanksgiving meal asking for the recipe: Priceless!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2011
Seasoned Crackers
I've made this several times and it is addictive!! One time I had a package of Hidden Valley Harvest Dill and used that instead of the ranch dressing and dill weed so now that's what I use. (lucky!) It is really good exactly as written and is good with the Harvest Dill as well!!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2011
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