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Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Living In: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Ava's 8th Birthday Yellow Submarine Lemon Cake Extraordinaire!
About this Cook
I'm a working mom, keeping up with my husband, our 4th grade daughter and our cat Cedric. I'm always looking for healthy but delicious recipes that will meet my vegetarian dietary needs as well as please my omnivorous family.
My favorite things to cook
I love Italian dishes, meals with creative uses of meat alternatives, breakfast breads and anything chocolate (not necessarily in that order). And anything with lots of cheese. I love cheese!
My cooking triumphs
My daughter's totally-from-scratch 4-layer b-day cake!
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Winter Leek and Potato Soup
I really enjoyed this recipe! I made some alterations, based on other reviews and also made it vegetarian. I added one extra leek, sauteed one chopped stalk of celery, one bay leaf & 4 cloves minced garlic with the onion mixture (instead of adding the garlic powder later), and substituted vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I crock potted the potatoes beforehand and reduced the simmering time for the cooked potatoes with the vegetable broth and onion mixture to 10 min to let the flavors combine. I did not add the cheese to the soup so that it could be optional, but for my bowl, I added shredded sharp cheddar cheese and garlic croutons as a garnish. Very hearty and warm for a winter's night!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2013
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
AMAZING!!! I baked for 30 min, and it came out perfect. So delicious! I paired this with New Year Black Eyed Peas & Italian-Style Swiss Chard (both also found on allrecipes), and it was wonderful! Will be making this again! No changes to the recipe whatsoever. it was perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2012
Italian-Style Swiss Chard
This was delicious, but man, does it reduce down! A whole bunch amounted to about a cup's worth wilted, at most, but it was very tasty, and I'll be sure to use more chard next time. I discarded the stems out of personal preference and drastically reduced the salt in the water. I found it was still salty, so I will reduce more next time. I didn't have red pepper flakes, so I used 1/8 tsp of ground cayenne pepper. that mixed with the garlic gave it a great kick of flavor. I served it with New Year Black Eyed Peas & Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread (both also found on allrecipes). I stirred the chard into my bowl o' beans when getting ready to serve it, and it was a perfect complement, both texturally and flavor-wise to that dish. So delicious! Thank you for sharing such a simple and wonderful recipe!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2012

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