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Home Town: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Living In: Foley, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Married to a wonderful man who loves to eat as much as I love to cook. We have 2 Giant Schnauzers and 1 Mini Schnauzer, 1 mutt, 5 cats, 1 snake. I've worked for my local paid Fire/Rescue Dept for 21 years as a 911 calltaker-dispatcher then I retired. I'm starting a new job as claims rep with the Social Security Administration. I have a built in taste tester since my mom lives with us also. The 3 of us love to travel (Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, California, Alaska, Bahamas, etc.) and our favorite place to travel is Walt Disney World. We go 4-5 times a year!
My favorite things to cook
Southern Comfort foods. It's what we grew up on and what we love to eat (not very good for our waistlines though). We love Chicken & Dumplings, pastas w/ cream sauces, shrimp & crablegs w/ butters, deviled eggs, potato salads... you get the picture. I took a class to learn to make sushi. I love it but I haven't gotten brave enough to make it outside the class.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother taught me to cook (wouldn't teach my mom & my mom didn't teach me). I still remember standing on a stool making grilled cheese sandwiches using a small cast iron skillet & tiny spatula with my Granny... and her angel biscuits... wow! I'd love to have her recipe now but she was a cook who didn't measure & I've never been able to exactly duplicate them.
My cooking triumphs
I baked and decorated my own wedding cake (against my mother's wishes) and my sister-in-law's wedding cake and the 40th anniversary wedding cake at my in-laws' celebration. The guests raved over them.
My cooking tragedies
The worst was a recipe from Paula Deen off her foodnetwork show. She swore this would be the ONLY & BEST chicken casserole recipe any new bride would need. Good thing I wasn't a new bride, I think my husband may have left me over it. I followed the recipe exactly but the curry flavor was the worst taste we'd ever put in our mouth and I threw the bottle of curry into the garbage after we got home from the restaurant we ended up at for dinner.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Cinnamon Ice Cream
I've made it several times and it has turned out perfectly each time! I especially love that it doesn't have a heavy or greasy mouth feel when eating. Thanks for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2011
Homemade Butter
WOW! I made butter! I can't believe it. I did it as a child with a churn at a girl scout excursion but that was it. I had a little problem getting all the water out but I'm sure the more I do this, the better I'll get. Thanks for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2010
Surprisingly Very Good! I followed the meatball recipe exactly and the only change was one my husband suggested, a can of garlic-y fire roasted tomatoes in place of the cup of water in the sauce. I used the left over meatballs and sauce to make meatball sandwiches topped with mozzarella. 2 meals from 1 recipe! Thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2009
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