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Home Town: Sugar City, Idaho, USA
Living In: Mansfield, Texas, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I am a mother of two little boys. One is three and the other is a year and a half. They keep me busy, so I don't have much time to cook. They do like to help in the kitchen though!
My favorite things to cook
I love Italian food, bread, and desserts of all kinds. I enjoy challenging foods like pies. I also decorate cakes, so I bake a lot of them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas my mom makes Christmas candy. Although Christmas is a very busy time of year for me, I have tried to carry on the tradition. My husband's favorite are date balls.
My cooking triumphs
I have baked and decorated four wedding cakes. My last two were four tiered fondant cakes and they turned out really beautiful.
My cooking tragedies
Once I was baking a wedding cake. It was midnight before it was finished baking. I had to shell 18 eggs for this cake. It was huge. I tried to lift it out of the oven and it slipped out of my hands.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Amazing Italian Lemon Butter Chicken
This tasted fantastic! I did make quite a few revisions since I had neither the time nor the ingredients to make as written. For the sauce, I used Pinot Grigio wine which worked great. I cut the butter in half since it tasted good at 1/2 cup and a whole cup seemed excessive. I added about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary and oregano and let it sit in the warm cream sauce while I finished the dish. I heat a tablespoon of olive oil and sauteed some sliced, salted mushrooms with an 1/8th of a tsp of anchovy paste and a splash of pinot grigio. I sauteed until the mushrooms were darkened and the liquid was gone. I dumped in some pre-cooked bacon bits and mixed them with the mushrooms just until they were warm and fragrant. I tossed some cooked bowtie pasta with the mushroom/bacon mixture, and the cream sauce and topped with liberal amounts of parmesan cheese. It was super fast and really tasty! The cream sauce separated a little after the pasta sat for ten minutes or so, but it wasn't too bad. Everyone wanted seconds except my picky little three year old. He did eat almost all of his serving though, which he hasn't done for weeks. He said he liked it. This one is a keeper at my house!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 9, 2013
Poppy Seed Muffins
Delicious! Very moist and a nice flavor. It made lots of muffins. I added some lemon extract and that added a lot of flavor.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2011
My Best Clam Chowder
I doubled the recipe and it worked out great. I didn't have half and half, so I used whipping cream and whole milk. The consistency was perfect. Like some of the other reviews suggested, I cooked some bacon, sauteed the onions in the grease, and crumbled it into the finished chowder. Perfect recipe for a large family.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2011

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