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Living In: Dallas, Texas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Nov. 6, 2011 4:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013 3:46 pm
Food is that magical thing that brings people together. Some of my favorite childhood memories are helping my parents prepare meals, then sitting around the kitchen table and enjoying our labors while sharing good conversation and company. Sadly, those meals around the table were few and far… MORE
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Spicy Hot Chocolate
Spicy Hot Chocolate
Drunked Mussles and Shrimp
Baked Spinach Dip
Baked Spinach Dip
About this Cook
I've grown up in a family of amateur chefs. My dad is the grill maste, my mom is the oven improv queen, my grandmas are lean, mean baking machines, my uncles have great taste in wine and my aunts know how to cook for the masses. I used to love spending time in the kitchen with them when I was a kid; learning as I watched and helped them prepare meals. Now I have a pretty good sense of my own taste and cooking ability. I definitely have a love of baking and making sweets, mostly because it creates a great excuse to invite people over =) Other than that, I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen. I love foods with strong, complex flavors. Growing up in Texas, I developed a taste for spicy food and can't get enough of it. Right now, I'm concentrating on healthy meals with balanced nutrition to help myself and my family get in great shape for this summer and the future =)
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. Cooking anything is fun, but put a cake pan or some muffin tins in front of me and I just get excited =)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love all the baking tips I've gotten from my grandparents who are some of the best bakers EVER and the patience I've learned from my mother, who makes the best northern-style chili you will ever eat!
My cooking triumphs
I love to entertain and make tapas for parties. I think some of my greatest triumphs have been snack foods for parties and conventions ranging from Mediterranean shrimp croustinis to heart healthy blackberry mini-muffins =)
My cooking tragedies
Fondant. I have never been able to really get fondant down. I can usually make it alright, but something always goes wrong when I'm trying to use it. I'm very much a perfectionist, so when it doesn't look JUST RIGHT, it bugs me =P
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Hot Chocolate - South American Style
Very tasty! I think this would be easy to make in the microwave using a glass bowl. It was great to dip sugar cookies in.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2011
Alaskan Spicy Spinach Dip
Super-yummy! I used low fat sour cream instead of half-and-half and cooked the cheese over a really low heat without a double-boiler. Finished it off by putting half of it in an oven crock and baked it at 400 for five minutes, then broiled it until it was nice and browned on top. Served with blue corn tortilla chips and toasted french bread!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2011
Crescent Pizza Pockets
These are super-tasty, but I almost didn't make them because of the fat content... Found a few ways to tone down the fat content, though. I used the low-fat crescent rolls, found turkey pepperoni that has 70% less fat (and I couldn't even tell a difference in taste!), and shredded mozzarella made with 2% low-fat milk. I made two batches of them and six people demolished them in about five minutes after they were out of the oven! Will definitely be making this again (soon).

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2011
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