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Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Living In: On The Farm, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Southern, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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July 4th Burgers
My quilt square
Springtime Snowman
About this Cook
Now that I am "retired" I am getting back into the kitchen for the first time in many years. Although I have a reputation for being a "top chef" it is probably more hype than truth! What I am actually good at is picking the right dish for the right occasion!
My favorite things to cook
Something new -- and easy. I love using all my convenience items: breadmaker, slow cooker, food processor, etc., therefore I'm always on the lookout for good, new recipes for these appliances.
My cooking triumphs
Teaching my kids to be awesome cooks! :)
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count! :(
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Citrus Infused Guacamole
I usually make my guacamole "fully loaded" -- with onions, tomatoes, lots of garlic, assorted colors of bell peppers, plenty of jalapenos, maybe olives, sometimes mango, Carolina blue crab, etc, etc. -- so I was pretty skeptical about this "bland" recipe; however, the juice infusion kept calling me back to look at it again. So I tried it: first I made it exactly like the recipe and it was quite good (although, yes, a little bland). Then I tweaked it my way a little, adding grapefruit juice (yum), tangerine juice (!) and crushed pineapple, and replacing the hot pepper sauce with a heavy sprinkling of wasabi powder. I refrigerated it overnight and then used it as a sandwich spread. This was SO DELICIOUS! It won't replace my Super Bowl dip, but it turned a simple sandwich into a gourmet meal. My luncheon guests loved it and I've got a new favorite in my recipe box!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2011
Poached Eggs Caprese
I've made this three times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly, using skim milk/pre-sliced mozzarella, fresh homemade pesto, and the best off-season tomato I could find. I had a little trouble poaching the eggs in the simmering water but I finally got it right. ============ Overall, I thought the results were somewhat lackluster. Maybe it was my expectations: this recipe may have been "inspired by eggs Benedict" but despite the English muffin, this isn't even close. This is really a just a caprese salad on a poached egg. =========== The second time, I made a trip to the specialty store and bought a ball of real, whole milk mozzarella. Wow! What a difference that makes! I poached my eggs in my handy little poaching cups, and I topped the whole thing off with some easy, cheesy Bechamel sauce. This was awesome. All the different flavors really complemented each other and teased my taste buds with delight! ============ Last night, I made it a third time, using real Hollandaise. Now I think I've found the almost perfect dish. In a couple of months, when I can get a home grown tomato, then it will be perfect! A wonderful vegetarian alternative to eggs Benedict, and with some fresh fruit on the side and a mimosa to sip, the best brunch ever to treat guests or just yourself.

64 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2009
Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup
Simple and delicious! I've been making this for years and usually make a few "tweaks" (depending on what I have onhand): -----> substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth so my vegetarian friends & family can enjoy it,too! -----> I will usually use up to a full pint (2 cups) of cream or half & half. ------> occasional/optional additions: more basil ...and/or... 1 cup (or less) finely chopped baby spinach ...and/or... baby carrots, precooked until very soft ...and/or... 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg ...and/or... 2 teaspoons ground ginger ...and/or... 2 teaspoons dried tarragon ............ annnd for my favorite tweak treat: 2-3 cups grated cheddar cheese!! This soup is so good, it's adaptable to what's on hand and forgiving of what's not. My family loves every version I've made!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2009

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