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Home Town: Tampa, Florida, USA
Living In: Debary, Florida, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Blog...  4 posts
Oct. 9, 2011 2:24 pm 
Updated: Oct. 10, 2011 10:09 am
So it's been a quick minute since my last post. Well, life got crazy so I paused from cooking all together. Life has gotten to somewhat "normal" once again and so has my cooking! If you'd like to read about our recent life changes, feel free to read my other blog at┬á… MORE
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From The Blog:  My Life: A Culinary Adventure
About this Cook
I am blessed in so many ways. I am lucky enough to have met my soul-mate, someone who knows me better than I know myself. I am a mother to a beautiful (and hairy) pup who has opened my heart in ways I never imagined. I usually express myself through my cooking and try to put a lot of thought and care into every dish I make. I love to experiment and try new things, testing my capabilities every chance I can. I believe everyone should strive for higher standards - "going the extra mile" usually isn't much more work but speaks volumes about your character. I appreciate every person I have met and every experience I have lived, good, bad or indifferent. It is those people and experiences that have made me who I am today and for that, thank you.
My favorite things to cook
I don't know if I have a favorite thing to cook since I like cooking just about everything. But my favorite cooking is for friends and family. I love making dishes for people - I think it's the most sincere and heartfelt way to show people you appreciate them.
My cooking triumphs
I had always wanted to make Christmas dinner for our families. I've always appreciated the hours my mom spent slaving in the kitchen, the selfless way my mother-in-law gave us a meal while asking nothing in return. I wanted it to be my turn - they could relax and not have to worry about timers or oven temperatures. So a couple years ago I did it. I cooked a full Christmas dinner including all the appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts for 15 people. Some of people may call this just a regular Christmas, but for me it was so much more. I had accomplished something that I had been planning for a very long time and while the compliments were appreciated, the smiles and full-bellies made it all worth the effort.
My cooking tragedies
Ha! I had a delicious tuna steak at a restaurant for our rehearsal dinner and decided to make it at home one night. It was a peppercorn covered tuna steak in a balsamic reduction. So away I went.. thought it would be very straightforward - there's only three things to make the dish... tuna, peppercorns, balsamic reduction. I wasn't paying attention and burnt the vinegar. I don't know why I thought it would be good, it sure didn't smell good. My husband and I both took a bite. Food in mouth we looked up at one another and spit it back out on the plate. Hands down worst thing I've ever eaten! We laughed so hard and had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner.
Recipe Reviews 66 reviews
Chicken Diane Style
On flavor, I'd rate this a 5 easily. The tastes were great and I accidentally used 1/3 c Whiskey (whoops!). Don't think that made much of a difference as the end result was great. Other than the one accidental change, I followed the recipe as-is and served over Jasmine rice. I can't rate this 5 stars because quite frankly, there's no "good" way to plate this. The end result is kind of mushy and a collage of browns. I love mushrooms so I'm not saying it's gross, just not a pretty plated meal so maybe not for company. But for the hubby and I, this was fantastic and happy for the some leftovers for lunch! Will certainly make again as an easy, go-to recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2015
Pumpkin Pancakes
Had to make minor modifications, mostly because of what I had on hand. Subbed 1/2c of Soy Flour because I ran short on regular flour. I also used 2-1/2tsp Pumpkin Spice for the combo of cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Also used Almond Milk (unsweetened, vanilla). However even with these super minor changes, I don't think they affected the integrity of the recipe and hubs was super happy with it! This made a total of 22 pancakes (used 1/4c scoop to get even pancakes). Consistency was very silky, and they puffed up nicely. Very hearty, which was perfect. I did add a small handful of chopped walnuts to mine, although I didn't think it added anything. Just nice to have the crunch. We'll definitely make these again and will experiment with adding different things (granola, different nuts in the batter, dried cranberries, the possibilities are endless!). Thanks!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2014
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
I made this for a friends' thanksgiving after thanksgiving and it was amazing! I doubled the recipe, used a throw-away aluminum casserole pan, and added 1 bunch of green onions plus 6 strips of crumbled REAL bacon and cooked it for roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes with 3 minutes under a broiler. It was AMAZING to say the least!! Out of the 30+ dishes, it was the only one that had no leftovers!! Winner winner, chicken dinner!! Will absolutely make this again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2013
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