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Home Town: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I have always loved to cook, but minoring in Family and Consumer Sciences (aka - home ec.) enhanced that passion. It taught me correct techniques and methods for cooking. Two years ago I decided to try one new recipe a week and it has been wonderful to find great recipes on this site. During this process, I have also acquired quite the collection of cookbooks. My husband is my best critic and always compliments my efforts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything, but I am not a baker. I am intimidated by two things - any recipe that contains yeast (it always fails for me) and recipes with more than 15 ingredients (too much time). MY absolute favorite recipes are anything italian and mexican. Right now I am concentrating on making perfect entrees. I spent a lifetime in my mom's kitchen making side dishes - now I need to learn the rest.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I look forward to three special cooking days in our family. Thanksgiving, of course, is one of those days. We cook all day at a very relaxed pace and enjoy the time together. My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is bread dressing (and I found a better one this year on this site). Christmas Eve we eat a dinner made solely of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres. This is a long-standing tradition we look forward to. And Christmas Day you can smell the ham cooking all day long and there's always leftovers from Christmas Eve. Wonderful times with the family!
My cooking triumphs
I feel like anytime I make something new, I have triumphed. I don't like to make or eat the same thing within a month. So this makes dinner time at our house fun. If it makes it to the table, it is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
Any recipe tragedy I have had is baking oriented. My worst experience was my second time to make homemade bread by myself. We couldn't get a knife through the loaf when it was completed. I haven't made a loaf since. Since then, I have relied on the hot roll mix by Pillsbury to pass off as my "homemade" bread!
Recipe Reviews 61 reviews
Angel Pudding
I give it five stars b/c I like the way I made it. I needed a low fat dessert for a party and thought this sounded good, but I was worried about all of the comments regarding a soggy cake. For my first layer, I used a box of sugar free fudge pudding mixed with 1.75 cups of milk and 4oz. of lite cool whip. For my second layer, I used a box of sugar free cheesecake pudding mixed with 1.75 cups of milk and 4oz. of lite cool whip. Oh, and I used two candy bars. I will make this again and a again b/c it is so light - will make a perfect summer dessert. Everyone LOVED this "cake" - even non-dieters loved it.

42 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 27, 2006
Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
We served these at a Halloween party. GREAT! I used chicken tenders and cut each tender into three pieces. I breaded and refrigerated as directed. They fried beautifully. We tossed half of them with the hot sauce mix and then made a bbq sauce/butter mix similarly. Served with ranch and blue cheese and didn't have a single one left. Thanks SO much - will be perfect for holidays and super bowl parties.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2005
No Bake Cookies IV
I LOVE no bake cookies and not because they are easy to make, but because they taste so good! This recipe is a lot different than the one I always made as a kid. I love the marshmallows and coconut in the cookie. What a great find!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2005

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