marlakay Profile - (1276948)

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Home Town: Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Living In: Portland, Texas, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
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Fruit Pizza
classic macaroni salad
About this Cook
I'm 40-somthing with a husband & three sets of twins ages 14, 12 and 8. I grew up with a mother who was a fantastic cook. I loved watching and helping her and started to pick and try new recipes on my own when I was probably only about 12 years old. I was a decent cook when I married my husband 16 years ago. But my husband was a trained artisan baker and somewhat of a "foodie" so it was time to kick it up a notch. I don't make up a lot of recipes, but I do like to take a recipe that I've been successful with and then find a way to make it my own. I know I have a keeper when my kids say, "You should make this again, Mom!"
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking, but love baking. I especially enjoy cake baking. I'm always on the lookout for the perfect recipe for every variety of know, the perfect pound cake, chocolate cake, etc. I also enjoy finding ways to get nutrient dense foods into my family's diet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's New Year's Eve party since I was about 10 is centered around a HUGE table of finger foods & desserts. Even when we can't get back to celebrate the New Year with my parents and siblings, we have our own table full of our favorite party food. I also make sure that every birthday in our home is celebrated with a cake from cake mixes here!
My cooking triumphs
I have perfected roast pork, roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and chocolate cake.
My cooking tragedies
I can't seem to make a really good roast beef to save my life. I'm no good at fish yet, either. I guess the most inedible thing I ever made was ham gravy for Easter. The first time I made it, I added bouillon to the ham drippings while making the gravy just as I always do for chicken or pork roast gravy. I learned quickly that ham drippings are plenty salted enough! Needless to say, we had plain mashed potatoes for that meal.
Recipe Reviews 89 reviews
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Put this together Christmas Eve for Christmas morning breakfast. Huge hit! A tradition-worthy recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2013
Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salad
It was good, but nothing special. Liked the spiciness and the lime. Needed something else, though, and I'm not quite sure what. Some vinegar? A little sweet? For a southwest salad/side dish, I like Mexican Bean Salad from this site a lot better.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2012
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
AWESOME! This could not be easier to make. Perfect for days when you're going to be out most of the day. Just throw in the crock pot and forget about it for hours. The sauce is on the sweet side, which is great if you like it, but easy enough to cut back on the maple syrup if you don't. The chicken came out perfectly, not at all dry like I was concerned about. One of the best all around recipes I've tried in a while.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 18, 2012

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