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Home Town: Elberta, Alabama, USA
Living In: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Tomato and Sweet Potato Soup
Sopa de Lima (Lemon Soup)
About this Cook
I love anything that has to do with food. The very first time I can remember cooking was making cookies with my Great-grandma when I was 5 yrs. old. During my childhood every Saturday afternoon, I went over to my Grandma's house to help her make the cake or dessert for Sunday dinner. But the cooking didn't end there - my mom was constantly "experimenting" with recipes, and she often made up her own recipes. Mom always had me make some part of the meal for as long as I can remember, and by the time I was 12 I could easily make the whole meal by myself. Since I met and married my husband (a Mexican), I've been learning a lot of Mexican recipes; and since we've moved to Canada, I've had the opportunity to learn some Colombian, Guatemalan, and Salvadoranian recipes as well.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts and soups.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cooking. At Christmas we each make our personal specialty and share it at both of my Grandmothers' houses at Christmas time. In southern Alabama it's only dry enough to make popcorn balls in the winter. My favorite family tradition is going over to one of my grandmas houses and making batch after batch of molasses, wintergreen, and cinnamon, popcorn balls.
My cooking triumphs
My husband and I have created the easiest cheesecake recipe ever! Learning to make authentic flour torillas - much easier said than done!
My cooking tragedies
Do we have to go there? Too much grapefruit in the Sopa de Lima. Burning not one but two whole recipes of polvorones (shortbread cookies).
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Octoberfest German Potato Salad
Really great recipe. It tastes just like my Great-grandma used to make, and she was from Germany. The only change I made was using lime or lemon juice instead of vinegar since that is what she always did whenever she had the option. Doing this makes it taste more like a gourmet version.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2011
Best Brownies
These brownies were great -- easily as good as if not better than any box mix I've ever made! If you follow the recipe exactly they turn out dense and fudgy -- not at all "cake like." Whenever I have a peanut butter/chocolate craving I make these and replace 1/2 a cup of butter with creamy peanut butter; it melts together wonderfully over medium heat. Or if I want to spruce it up a little I add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the regular recipe. I've never made the icing since I find that the brownies are great on their own. To those who can't get them to turn out review your ingredients and follow the recipe exactly -- no "fudging" the quantities. Remember that there is a big difference between artificial and natural vanilla extract when cooking since this is what covers the "eggy" taste. Try mixing with a wisk since this recipe does not really require the use of an electric mixer. A rule of thumb my grandma taught me was never to stir a box brownie mix for more than 50 strokes; once the flour and cocoa powder were added to this recipe I find that about 30 strokes will do it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2010
Good Ol' Alabama Sweet Tea
This is a great recipe honest-to-goodness Southern recipe, but as everyone else said - it's way too much sugar. With half the amount of sugar it still tastes wonderful. I like to use raw cane sugar (turbinado) instead of white sugar; it tastes better and isn't processed as much. If you add lime instead of lemon it tastes almost exactly like "Arizona Iced Tea."

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2009
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