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Oct. 10, 2014 8:55 am 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2014 10:35 am
Eggs are such a marvel. Egg whites are even more fascinating in what they can do, especially when it comes to baking. Eggs are from a chicken. They come in the form of a hard shell and if incubated properly can turn into a baby chick! Yet here I am at my favorite local diner, drinking my… MORE
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Jul. 3, 2012 11:16 am 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:30 am
Bacon makes everything better, as well as peanut butter, lemons, limes, black pepper, olive oil, dark brown sugar, white wine, mustard, and pure vanilla.  These are my top ten favorite things to cook with.  They can make everything so much better and even tastier, yet they are so simple. … MORE
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Jun. 26, 2012 11:43 am 
Cooking is an art.  Just because you don't follow the recipe, doesn't mean your food isn't going to turn out delicious; it will probably be even better!  It's not just about following recipes; it’s about enjoying what you are making.  Cooking is constantly changing and becoming more diverse. … MORE
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Jun. 13, 2012 12:01 pm 
Ok, so this was good.  Great way to use up bananas that are getting very ripe! Although, the recipe called for yellow cake mix, I used chocolate.  How can you mess up chocolate? It was delicious.  My son thought it was great and truly enjoyed the bananas inside the cake.  I added some whipped… MORE
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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I love spending time with my family & friends, cooking and allowing everyone to enjoy good food and drink. I love photography, reading, working out, running, and the beach. I cherish the time spent with my amazing & intelligent 7 year old son. I also enjoy taking care of my little yorkie Jay Jay. More things I LOVE:capturing the beautiful beach images & watching the sunset over the water; to travel-when I get a chance; discovering great new restaurants and trying new things; watching the Food Network & ESPN, my music, and my apple products. Things I wish I could do: travel more; cook everyday; sing; own & operate a bake day. I just don't have the time right now. Family and my friends are the most important thing to me. God has blessed me in so many ways. . I love life :)
My favorite things to cook
Steaks, shrimp, anything marinated in beer/wine/rum or tequila, cookies, brownies, cakes, peach cobbler, pancakes, s’mores, chili, carne asada, tacos, guacamole, salsas, plantains, lasagna, pastas, Egyptian, Mexican, American, Greek, Italian, Cajun
My favorite family cooking traditions
Egyptian - stuffed grapes leaves, basboosa (dessert), macarona bashmel (pasta dish); Christmas Day lasagna; Thanksgiving Day pancakes, New Year's Day HUGE breakfasts/brunch
My cooking triumphs
Steaks, steaks, steaks! Carne asada: tequila, fresh lime & lemon juice, cilantro, habnero, red onions, garlic. Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese; banana pudding, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin ginger cupcakes, chocolate cake
My cooking tragedies
I made chili once and forgot the tomato paste! I turned it into a tortilla soup!
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