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Home Town: Kansas, USA
Living In: Kansas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Well, I wear a lot of different hats in life. I got married to a wonderful man, Alex, on Oct. 25, 2008 and we found out around the time that we were planning our wedding that we're also having a baby:)! So, I'm a future Mommy and also a loving wife. Not only that, but I am a Special Education teacher and I'm working on my Master's online in Special Education. So, you can add teacher and graduate student to my list of hats...whew! I love to hang out with my friends and family, watch movies, paint ceramics, do cross stitch, read books, go shopping, and my favorite exercise is water aerobics. I love country music and dancing also;)! Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Dancing with the Stars are some of my favorite shows along with watching Paula Deen and Rachael Ray.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook shrimp fettucini alfredo when I'm not pregnant. I love comfort food and have recently found that whole wheat pasta is very beneficial to one's health. Anything that goes in the slow cooker is my friend if it tastes great and it's healthy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to eat my Mom's cooking. I like to make rice krispy treats for my students and that's really my only tradition.
My cooking triumphs
I rely on simple, easy to make recipes that are tasty. Meatloaf seems to be my triumph because it's simple and easy to make. Not only that, but the ingredients are always in my kitchen and everyone seems to like it.
My cooking tragedies
HAHA! When I was 19 and I was a semester out of my dorm room, I decided to fry pork chops. I was told that smoke was billowing out of my apartment sliding glass door that I opened and my boyfriend had fun laughing because the smoke alarm went off. For awhile, Pizza Hut was on speed dial until I got the hang of some simple recipes. HAHA! Thank goodness I've found some easy recipes to make over the last 11 years since then. And needless to say...I DON'T MAKE FRIED FOOD VERY OFTEN!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Wiener Winks
I have a co-worker who makes these with her students and recommended them. Her husband ate them as a kid. This isn't a gourmet meal, but it's kid friendly and extremely simple to make. I didn't use the butter and they turned out just fine. On nights when I'm pressed for time or I'm not sure what I should make for my family, I sometimes turn to this recipe. It would be great to put leftover chili in a baking dish along with this so that you could have chili dogs. This also helps to stretch your food budget because it's very inexpensive to make this recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2013
Easy Salisbury Steak
I am a frazzled, busy Mom of two who has a husband who works varied hours. This recipe was fast and easy. My only change to the patties involved putting them straight into the baking dish and I used onion powder in place of the dried, minced onion. Also, I sprinkled dried onion soup mix over the gravy before it went in the oven. This was good with a baked potato along with fresh fruit.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2013
Baked BBQ Meatballs
We had this for Supper tonight and I didn't have any leftovers. The only change I made to the BBQ sauce is I had to use pumpkin pie spice instead of nutmeg, but it turned out really well! Also, I substituted onion powder for the onion and used Italian bread crumbs in place of the crackers. We will have this again soon! I put the meatballs and BBQ sauce over a baked potato which was a little different, but it was good still.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2013

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