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Cheryl Westbrook


Cheryl Westbrook
 
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Living In: Crestview, Florida, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Will be married 20 years in Dec. '08. Married a military man who is now retired and on his second "career". Have 2 grown kids (actually steps) and 2 grandchildren whom I adore! Also raising a nephew who is now 17. I'm a homemaker and love to cook. Used to love it more when I had a larger kitchen though! We have a lot of meals that are known as "throw-together" and we have to later name them because they turn out so well! I enjoy just working with what I have and seeing how it turns out. I love to craft, other than what was on the crafting list. Pressed flower designs, wreaths, swags, embroidery and Christmas crafts of all kinds. I enjoy "making" my home comfortable and have had my homes compared to those in BH&G! HAHA!! I don't consider that a bad thing! I'm big on family and home. Been as far as Alaska (4+ yrs), but there's no place like home!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook all kinds of things, but love Mexican! My grandmother was Mexican/Aztec, so I guess it makes sense. Grew up on "soul" food and love it too! I am a country girl! Also like cooking Italian foods and I like Asian foods, but prefer to go out for that. And of course! I love chocolate!!, in fact, I believe it should be a food group all it's own!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We've always had traditions of the big holiday dinners-Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas.... Always had a huge Christmas Eve dinner at my grandparents' house, with ALL the extended family-aunts, uncles, cousins...the last count was around 42, all in one house! This will be the first year of not having it as we just lost my remaining grandparent a few weeks ago. Also, get together with siblings and their families at Mom and Dad's on Christmas night. Of course, tons of food is always the norm! Everyone brings food to both and helps out once there.
My cooking triumphs
My first dinner for my husband, in our first place. Lasagne, all cooked using one pot! which had also been used to make our tea!, and all the other "fixins". It took a long time to cook, but we truly enjoyed every bite! Oh, and we still have that little pot! Also, keeping Christmas tradition of a complete traditional dinner while in Alaska, when it was just my husband and myself! We made sure we had it all, just as if we were home in FL with the rest of the family! Yes! it took a while to eat it all! We did that every year we were there, except for one. I have a lot of triumphs. I've made a lot of those "throw-together" meals, and each time is a new triumph! I get it from my Mom!
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving in Tampa that we'd invited friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and I found out my oven wasn't working! Gas stove, Thanksgiving Day, living on base! Had to cart EVERYTHING to their parents' house and cook it there! Needless to say, we ate LATE! Also, had a flop of a dessert I make a lot for small groups and I was making it for the first time for a new group of friends. Total FLOP! I was rushed! I don't do well when I have to rush. Something always goes wrong. We've hosted a lot since coming back home and we've been fortunate enough not to have many cooking tragedies.
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