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Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Nov. 10, 2013 1:29 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 6:32 am
Originally published at http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/2013/11/kahlua-cake-pops-video-and-great.html  The ideal holiday party has three main components:  great friends, a menu where everyone is asking for the recipes, and a festive atmosphere.  In my previous behind-the-scenes… MORE
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From The Blog:  House of Frolic and Mirth
About this Cook
I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. I tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog: http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my daughters' birthdays, they get their favorite cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
Recipe Reviews 311 reviews
Cheesy One Pan Mac and Cheese
Super easy and my kids LOVED it!! I just love that the Barilla Pronto pasta requires no draining--one pot equals super easy cleanup after. I think amazing things could be done with this recipe--just switch up your shredded cheese blend to make it your own! Yum--a winner in my house.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2015
Kellie's Simple Penne with Pepperoni and Cheese
This was very quick and easy--perfect for a weeknight meal. Other ingredients would be really good in this--black olives, mushrooms, and green pepper would put it over the top! And extra cheese. Yum!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2015
Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This is SO GOOD!!! Perfect for a low carb pizza. The flavor was great, and I added a few Italian herbs into the crust.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2015
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