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Home Town: Newburgh, Indiana, USA
Living In: West Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Fishing, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a home grown midwesterner stuck in the dirty south. I picked up my interest in cooking from my father. He taught me the basics and I explored from there. My cooking is often centered around Italian and Italian-American cuisine but I cook everything under the sun.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook bad food. The kind that you get a hankering for after a few beers. If it is heavy, flavorful, and loaded with calories, count me in! I can definately cook on the lighter side but it isn't near as fun!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Rigatoni. I haven't posted this recipe simply because it has been in the family for years. Maybe one day when I get over my pride I will have the gumption to post it. During any family chrisis or celebration, we break out the old family tradition. It is hearty and full of flavor. The wife and I cook up some mean beer brats with a muenster and onion beer cheese topping for Gamecock football nights. Other traditions in my household are mainly holiday oriented: home-made apple cider around winter time (recipe coming shortly, haven't had time to post it). Sausage Balls Mexican wedding cakes Minty Nipples (7up float with peppermint ice cream and a candy cane garnish) And many others!
My cooking triumphs
Well the aforementioned Brats and beer cheese was a drunken eureka moment, I consider that a triumph. Not to sound over confident but most anything I can "wing" turns out to be a crowd favorite.
My cooking tragedies
I am not a baker (some exceptions apply) I am getting better but my first from scratch cake looked more like a replica of Tunguska than a cake.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Ben Lippen School Coffee Cake (Mrs. Hathaway's recipe)
This caught my eye as I live in Columbia and have many friends who graduated from Ben Lippen. The coffee cake itself is indeed moist and delicious, however it is not something I would INSIST you try at some time in your life, it didn't change my life or anything but never-the-less, if you are looking for a good coffee cake recipe, look no further!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2011
White Bean Breakfast
Excellent recipe! By the time I finished reading this my mouth was watering. I rushed to the store to get the ingredients and made it for a late lunch. Absolutely delicious. I substituted the pesto for some purreed basil from my garden (forgot the pine nuts) and it was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2009

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