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Home Town: Spring, Texas, USA
Living In: Cedar Park, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm an Advanced Technical Business Analyst for a banking services/software company. As a busy working mom/wife, I love coming to this website for quick and easy dinner ideas.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts! Cakes, pies, cheesecakes, trifles, ice cream, candies of all kinds. If I'm invited to a potluck or it's a holiday celebration, I'm expected to bring dessert ;-)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cajun blood runs deep in our family, so we have weaved several dishes, such as dirty rice and boudin, into our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. We also enjoy having crawfish boils, with red potatoes and corn, and also my mom's chicken and sausage gumbo. Served with potato salad and lots of french bread, it can't be beat!
My cooking triumphs
Not necessarily a triumph, but something I really enjoy each year is preparing lots of Christmas goodies (truffles, sugar cookies, fudge, almond toffee, etc.) to be auctioned off via a silent auction at my husband's company. They raise money every year for a family in need, and his co-workers love my stuff. He comes home with stories about the bidding wars that take place, which I get a kick over; but, at then end of the day, I'm just really happy that we've helped bring joy to a family that needed it.
My cooking tragedies
Hate to say it, but I don't think I've had one (knock on wood). Closest I've come to a tragedy is years ago when I dropped a cake that I was pulling out of the oven and it crumbled in the pan. I froze the cake pieces and later used them in a trifle. Then I just made a new cake :-)
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Best Brownies
These brownies were AMAZING! I doubled the recipe (except the egg—only increased it by 1), used ½ white sugar and ½ brown sugar, added about 2/3 cup toasted walnuts, and 1 cup chocolate chips, and prepared in a 13x9” pan. (Note: I used Ghirardelli cocoa powder which is my favorite and Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips.) I skipped the frosting, because I didn’t think they even needed it. The result was like if a brownie and a piece of fudge had a delicious love child. Everyone who has had them LOVES them. Delicious, buttery, fudgy awesomeness. This is now my go-to brownie recipe. Whew…the search is finally over!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2013
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
I only used 2 ¼ cups of flour that this recipe calls for and upped the cocoa by ¼ cup for a deeper chocolate flavor. I subbed toasted pecans for walnuts (toasting makes such a difference!) and added ½ t. salt as others have suggested. I used Rolos, which I had refrigerated; and during the unwrapping of the Rolos, I put the dough in the fridge. I baked them for 8:30 minutes exactly and they were perfect. Remember to NOT take them off of the cookie sheet too soon. I made this mistake and the caramel seeped through the cooling rack on ½ of my first batch. I ended up with 42 cookies, which I did drizzle with the vanilla coating. Even though I like the cookie better with the modifications I made, it's still a 5-star cookie!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2013
Pumpkin Cake III
Great recipe which lends itself to tweaking it for your own taste, which is why i'm giving it 5 stars. I, too, opted to use 3/4 c. oil and 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (because i just can't bring myself to use more oil in ANY cake), and also did 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 brown sugar. I pumped up the spices as well, adding 1/2 t. more cinnamon, 1 t. nutmeg, 1/2 t. cloves, 1/4 t. ginger, and 1/4 t. allspice. I baked it in a bundt pan for 50 minutes, and iced it with a Caramel Frosting (1/2 recipe) found on Paula Deen's website and sprinkled on 1/2 c. toasted walnuts (omitted nuts in cake itself). It was a HUGE hit! A very moist, flavorful cake that just looked and tasted like the perfect "fall" dessert. I will definitely make this cake again!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2012

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