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Home Town: Rome, Georgia, USA
Living In: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I need recipes for ideas and measurements, but oddly enough I never actually measure. I read the recipe and then totally eyeball it. I am still fairly new at cooking, but incredibly adventurous. I feel in a few years I will be coming up with my own recipes easily. I have a few but it's so hard to get down on paper because I don't measure and just taste and add as I go. I have to be careful with many recipes, or change them up to suit my daughter's needs. She has dairy, egg, and severe nut allergies. We have incorporated a lot of soy into our diets, which turns many off but it's become quite natural and healthy for us.
My favorite things to cook
I like to work on new desserts. I tend to sneak little semi-healthy changes into recipes. I have been working with whole wheat flour for a while now. I'm big on veggies... but so help me, there is nothing better than a big steak. I am very starch conscious. If you sit down to a plate of mashed potatoes, corn, mac n cheese and rolls, you're doing something wrong! That stuff just moves like glue in your body.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When the cool of autumn is setting in and the mountains surrounding me begin to turn, I get soup, stew, and chili fever. I really crave the 'stick to your rib' meals. The holidays are so much fun for me too. I begin early making special treats to give to friends and family as gifts. It is always much appreciated. I feel making your gifts adds a touch of warmth (that not even a pair of gloves and scarves can rival!)
My cooking triumphs
My breads, my own jerky (thank you T-Bird's! on this site) I can make gorgeous layer cakes, my kid's train birthday cake (it was a huge hit!) and my very own Salmon recipe on this site (Soy Ginger Salmon) The 5-star reviews I received put me on cloud-9, I was just beside myself with joy. And just as equally upset about the 3-star review... and don't ask what will happen when I get a 1-star. I may not get out of bed for a week! Don't worry, my skin is getting thicker...
My cooking tragedies
Anything asian! I try, I really do, but I just burn it or I'm in the kitchen so long that I've well exceeded the five or six dollars it would cost me to just eat buffet! Chef Wangs (Murfreesboro, TN) is the most delicious restuarant in the world, I'm not sure why I bother. I mean, a quart of Hot and Sour soup for $2.50?!!? I've already spent that once I buy the broth to start with. But then my competitive side convinces me that we're doing it for the success of making it yourself! I'm back in front of the stove again.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip
The bread bowl sounds wonderful but I threw everything into a crock pot the night before. I put it on 3 hours before my guests arrived the next morning - stirred it up once it was hot. I threw down some crackers and while my family was chowing down someone suggested tortilla chips so I put those out as well! It was a big hit and super easy to do the night before so that I could focus on other aspects of my cook out!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2013
Biscotti Toscani
What a change-friendly recipe! I used this recipe on my first shot at making biscotti. I had to leave out almonds due to an allergy, I used anise flavoring instead of the orange zest b/c I did not have any on hand - the anise is my favorite hint of flavor in biscotti so it seemed right. Also I used half whole wheat flour and half AP white flour and THAT really worked too. I normally to change a recipe so much before trying the original but this is just so forgiving. Oh, the most important part is - EVERYONE loved it. My sunday school class, my mother, my 3yr old daughter, ... I had *Nonni's* biscotti there to (to fall back on just in case mine was terrible) but everyone went for mine first. I love that! Thank you so much, the recipe is delish! I won't look any further but I will continue to experiment with yours!

20 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 28, 2006
Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
I switched recipes in the middle of making my cheesecake for whatever reason and since I was kinda rushing I didn't read the reviews until after it was in the oven... yeah! you HAVE to double! it's less than a 1/2in thick! Anyway, it was too late, luckily i didn't do this right before a dinner party or anything... I would have cried. The only reason I didn't one star this recipe is because this crust is DELISH! To be fair, let's rename it Caramel Crust Cake then there will be no confusion.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2005
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