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Living In: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm an Oklahoma girl and a vegetarian of more than ten years (read: walking paradox). I'm only just now really diving into cooking, so I'm still stocking my kitchen as I go. I'm hoping to figure out the cuisines of other cultures, and become a good enough cook to publish an original recipe on this site. Wish me luck!
My favorite things to cook
Family recipes bring me the most joy, because I am reminded of those I love as I make the dish. It's so satisfying to make something relatively simple but which takes a modicum of skill. I'm discovering that baking is by far my favorite kind of cooking. I watch my health, so I think I'm going to become very popular at work!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom taught us to cook, even as toddlers, by including us in the process whenever she was in the kitchen. We got to be "Mama's Little Helpers" and learned priceless life skills without even realizing it. I treasure the multi-generational family recipes handed down to us, and the new ones being created and shared every time we get together. Let's hear it for our families!
My cooking triumphs
I spent a summer in California with a leadership program. When one of our guys from TX had a birthday, we decided to make his favorite meal: chicken-fried steak. Despite two of my roommates being from the Midwest (OK & TX, no less), not a single one of the four had a clue as to how to make it! I called my Mom for the recipe, and my Stepdad gave some detailed instructions on what kind of meat to buy, etc. When the steaks were still looking a little puny,(our CA grocery store hadn't had quite the right size cut), I figured out that we needed to double-bread them. The birthday boy and his roommates ended up loving it, and we all crowed about the vegetarian being the one to figure out chicken-fried steak! My family still hasn't stopped laughing about it.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make the fudge I'd been bragging about for my friends, I made it at their place. What they failed to tell me was that their stove had two settings: "OFF" and "VOLCANIC". The sugar and milk never carmelized into a syrup because the stove wasn't even close to hot enough, even though I had the dial turned way up. When I gave up and poured it over the chocolate and tried to mix it up, it at first stayed completely liquid, and then ended up having a crumbly cake texture. It wasn't fudge AT ALL, but it still tasted good, so we ate it anyway!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Puppy Chow
Just a note- if you choose to add vanilla to the peanut butter & chocolate mixture, do so only AFTER heating it. If you add the vanilla before heating it, it will turn into chocolate peanut butter dough. It tastes good, but doesn't exactly mix with cereal at that point. (I was tired and in a hurry that day.)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2010
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This was the very first recipe I tried from this site. My mother requests it all the time. When I took a batch to work for a Black Friday potluck, my boss and two other coworders HUGGED me! (This experience also convinced me that I need a slow cooker with a locking lid, but that's another story.) My modifications: more broth instead of water, golden hominy, black beans and southwestern corn instead of frozen corn, no chicken (vegetarian), 1 tsp of cayenne for added flavor, and a dash of lime juice just before serving. I also dump a truly ridiculous amount of shredded cheese in my own bowlful.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2010
Ants on a Log
I grew up with this one, except we use bananas instead of celery. Both varieties remain favorite snacks of mine, as an adult! My preschool teacher also taught us how to make hot dog "dinosaurs." Ruffled potato chips or hamburger dill chip pickles make the fins on the stegosaurus' back (inserted into cuts along the side made by an adult).

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2009

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