Christy Profile - (1269011)

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Home Town: Red Bay, Alabama, USA
Living In: Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I have learned a lot from my mother and grandmother, they had me in the kitchen around the age of 2 doing little things for them as I watched them work their magic. So naturally when my children came along I did the same thing for them. They are also great cooks. My granddaughter is almost 2 years old and I now have her in the kitchen with me. She loves to cook with her Meme. The first time she helped me make banana bread she was about a year and a half old and I let her smash up the bananas with her little hands. She thought that was the best thing in the world and now she has to cook with me every time she is with me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make good ole southern foods, such as pinto beans, collard greens, cornbread. I also like to bake and experiment with chicken. I REALLY enjoy searching for and making recipes from different cultures. We get such enjoyment trying these recipes and experiencing just a small portion of that culture.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I for the holidays I always get up earlier and make a new breakfast dish, something we never have had. Then I will begin to make our dinner. I like to have music playing such as Christmas music when it is Christmas time. For Thanksgiving we play American Indian music. For Thanksgiving this past 2 years I have gotten a white cloth table runner and before dinner is served I ask everyone to write on the runner what they are thankful for and to sign their name. Also included on the runner is the menu for that year and any special recipes that were used.
My cooking triumphs
My granddaughter is a very lite eater so she does not get enough fruits and veggies. I made these "cookies" that are made from sweet potatoes, raisins, dates, spinach and butternut squash. She thinks these are cookies and she loves them. As soon as she walks into my house she is asking for her cookies. They are very healthy for her so I don't mind letting her eat as many as she wants. I will submit the recipe as soon as I can figure out what the measurements are because I just came up with the recipe while experimenting I did not measure anything out.
My cooking tragedies
I can say honestly that the Chicken and Dumplings is the only oops I can think of. I made this for the first time when I was 16 and proudly served it to my family and they all looked at me like I was nuts so I asked my mom what was wrong and she told me that I was supposed to take the chicken off of the bone. OOPS. Needless to say I have never been able to live that one down. But because of that I now do a lot of research on a recipe before I begin making it. I have made plenty of recipes that didn't turn out but that was due to the kind of recipe nothing that I screwed up.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IV
I decided to try this recipe because I like soft cookies not the crispy ones but I also like my oatmeal cookies with a bit of spice to them. So I had to tweak it to my liking. The only thing I can say bad about this recipe is that for some reason salt was omitted in the recipe. I added a tsp of salt, increased the cinnamon by one tsp then added 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and 1/8 tsp of allspice. I was out of baking soda so I used 4 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp cream of tarter as a substitute and I did not use maragine I always try to use real butter. The cookies came really good. The were not flat and they were nice and soft like I like them. I did not get 6 dozen or more I actually only got 5 dozen but maybe I made mine a little bigger than the recipe called for. All in all this is a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2013
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
I love pumpkin but I needed a different way of using it besides making pies. I came across this recipe and thought how strange to use pumpkin in chili but what the heck I will try it. I read the reviews and took the advice and tweak it by adding black beans, corn red bell pepper, orange bell pepper,(you can just use 1/2 of orange & red bell peppers) 2 cups of spicy tomato juice, more chili powder, corriander, cumin, (1 tsp each) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, bay leaves and honey to taste. It turned out great!! The kids loved it. My son likes it spicier my daughter and I like it on the sweet side. With this recipe you can do either just by adjusting the amount of chili powder and the honey. Then I made this for a potluck and I bet 8 or 9 ppl asked for the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2011
Banana Banana Bread
OMG! OMG! THIS IS THE BEST BANANA BREAD I HAVE EVER HAD! I was unable to sleep last night so I got up at 3:30 am & decided to make this banana bread. It's been on my mind for a few days now. I read the reviews & made some of my own adjustments which were; I added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice and 1 tsp vanilla. Other than these additions I followed the recipe to the tee. Also from the reviews I thought that the bread would be very dense, & the banana flavoring to over powering however, mine came out light and fluffy & the flavoring was just PERFECT! I was very careful not to over mix, make sure you blend just til the batter is moist. Now I am headed back to the kitchen to make more but I am going to make them into muffins for our family outing tonight. We are going to a Chicago Bears football game! (my first time) This day has started out GREAT with this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2011

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