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Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Key Lime Pie VII
Cracked Sugar Cookies I
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II
About this Cook
I'm an American (Southerner/New Orleanian) living in London.
My favorite things to cook
I've recently been on a baking kick. I was always intimidated by baking. I think the key to good cookies is a thick, professional cookie sheet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Coming from New Orleans, I've been cooking Red Beans and Rice since I was 11. It's in my blood!
My cooking triumphs
I'm known for my Banana-Nut Bread. I use a recipe that I found in the local newspaper. Comes out great every time.
My cooking tragedies
I tried this carrot cake recipe a few years ago. It called for about 25 different ingredients. Completely flopped! It taught me to judge a recipe by its ingredients. Simple is often best!
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Key Lime Pie VII
Delicious and sooo easy. A bit on the sweet side but I didn't top mine with any cream. The cream might be good to temper the sweetness. I can't believe how fast it is to make as well. It makes more than enough filling so next time I won't fill my crust so much.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2013
Uncle Dank's Gumbo
Was good but needs seasoning. I prefer Merwin's Shrimp Gumobo (also on this site). Merwin's needs more seasoning as well but I liked his method of throwing the chicken in the pot, bones and all. I got more chicken off the bone that way. The two recipes taste nearly the same, I just prefer Merwin's method.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2012
Merwin's Shrimp Gumbo
I am from New Orleans and this is the REAL DEAL. It is a bit bland but it is up to you to add your spices. If you taste while you cook, you can get it right. I should have tasted mine more...I used 2 tsp of cajun spice mix and 1/4 tsp of salt. Next time I will try 3 tsp of spice mix and 1/2 tsp of salt. (I am cautious on the salt because I am borderline hypertensive.) I also used a cup of okra because I believe you gotta have okra in gumbo. I'm surprised this didn't have celery in it and might try it with that next time. Also might try substituting some of the water for chicken stock just to up the flavor. This is my 3rd attempt at gumbo and definitely the best one I have made so far. This is a great recipe to start with, now just need to make some tweaks to make it PERFECT. As we say in New Orleans, "dats good eatin'"!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2012
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