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Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Living In: North Richland Hills, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Reading Books, Music
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My big baby boy
About this Cook
I'm a single mommy to the most handsome son on the planet. I am a former professional ballerina who still teaches. I'm back to school to finish the degree I couldn't finish way back when. I think I am happiest when people I care about rant on about how good my so-and-so is. I certainly don't consider myself gourmet, but, what I do, I do pretty well.
My favorite things to cook
Italian. Definitely Italian. And candy at Chrstmas. Oh, and Mexican. And ribs in the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was a superb cook. Christmas at my house started before Thanksgiving, when she started her fruitcakes,aka 'rum cakes' ;). I remember a fine coating of powdered sugar covered the entire kitchen when she made her Fatigmann's. We always had a good time.
My cooking triumphs
I have two. The first was the day I FINALLY made cream gravy. Don't laugh. I was 18, married, and hundreds of miles from home. Besides, Mom was a Yankee, and she didn't have a clue, either. lol. I was so excited I called home to tell my Dad. He was Texan, and he KNEW. It was a banner day. The second was the day I made my first cheesecake. Despite a rainy day outside, I somehow managed to get my egg whites to form stiff peaks. I can still taste it. lol. Wish I had that recipe....*sigh*
My cooking tragedies
I tried a waermelon pie once that would turn away the most die-hard sweet tooth. My family did their best, but even I couldn't eat it. And then there was the time I overcooked the brisket to a dried lump the day I was having my best friends over for Fourth of July. We still laugh about that one.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Thin Mint Crackers
Definitely a keeper, this recipe is destined to become a holday 'must'. I took the advice of other cooks and used the Nabisco chocolate wafers and melted Andes chips in a double boiler. Simple, easy, and fun! And the best part? They DO taste just like Girl Scout cookies! I had leftover chocolate after the wafers were done so I used Ritz crackers. They were good, but just didn't compare to the wafers. I would highly recommend this (revised) recipe to anyone. Thank you, Kim!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2010
Sicilian Brasciole a la Lena
What a pain in the neck! OK, so the meat could have been thinner, but I pounded and pounded. My piece of round steak was split up the middle, so when it came time to roll it up, there were crumbs falling out all over the place- the cutting board, the skillet...what a mess! It was very difficult to handle. I hope the taste is worth all the trouble. It's in the crock pot now. I'll get back later with a final "thumbs up" or "-down". A year has passed since I wrote the first part. I tried this for Christmas dinner again this year. This time I used smaller pieces of round steak instead of one large one. I think I got the hang of the roll and tie part- roll it tight and tie it tight. This is no place for a 'light' touch. Also, I think it could have simmered longer, since the rolls weren't as tender as I might have liked. A good recipe, the fault is mine for not cooking long enough. I will make this again. Thumbs up!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2009
World's Best Peanut Butter Fudge
Heaven in a cube! Made me feel like a kid in Mom's kitchen all over again. I cooked the sugar mixture 6 minutes, used evaporated milk and added 1 tsp vanilla. And, I like to use super-chunk p/b. Adds a tad bit of texture. I added the p/b, marsh creme, 'nilla and flour one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each. By the time I poured the fudge into the pan it was ready to set. Didn't need to chill. Came out as smooth as silk. I will definitely make this again. Too yummy to keep just for Holidays!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2009
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