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Home Town: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Living In: Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I've been married to a really great guy for 40+ years. We have 5 children and 10 grandkids, none of whom live close enough for me! I love to cook, and began at an early age, before 10, and have attempted dishes in the gourmet range several times. Since there are so many recipes I haven't tried, I consider myself at the intermediate level. I still have a lot to learn!
My favorite things to cook
Some of my favorite things to cook include chocolate chip and oatmeal-raisin cookies, chicken and dumplings, from-scratch fruitcake which is not the usual door-stop cake some folks complain about, Tex-Mex dishes and slow-cooker stuff. I'm willing to try most anything once, except recipes with a gazillion ingredients. It makes me tired to read those!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of the Tex-Mex dishes I cook are dishes that my mother cooked when I was growing up. I try to make her cornbread dressing, which is the same recipe my grandmother made, but I don't have quite the same taste yet. Maybe next year!
My cooking triumphs
Some of my cooking triumphs include a fantastic beef stroganoff, an improvement over the Toll House chocolate chip cookie (just ask my oldest daughter who is an afficianado), an equally good oatmeal-raisin cookie, and according to my husband, pie crust that is better than his mother's. High praise, indeed.
My cooking tragedies
The one tradegy that eclipses all others was a dish called Salmon Stroganoff. The dogs wouldn't even touch it. It was truly awful. My husband made me swear on my wedding ring that I would never ever try anything like that again. Believe me, I didn't have a problem with that oath!
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

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Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2013
Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad
I realize that I'm rating and reviewing this recipe with changes I made; however, without these changes, I wouldn't have been able to eat the dish, and it's just intriguing enough that I had to take the chance of being fussed at. I added 1 small can of chopped green chilies to compensate for not being able to eat a full-flavored picante sauce, and I added 4 thinly sliced green onions for the same reason. We chose to use the brown rice, cooked in the microwave, and placed into the freezer for about 15 - 20 minutes to cool down rather quickly. The entire dish was room temp, and was very good. I think I'll have planned leftover chicken at least once every week to 10 days just for this dish. It's fantastic!. Thanks to the recipe writer, and please keep up the good work. I'm a for-sure fan!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2013
Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops
I realize I'm rating and reviewing this with changes I felt I needed to make in order for me to eat the dish, so I won't apologize this time. It was an absolutely marvelous dish, and I feel like it would have been wonderful without my changes, except I wouldn't have been able to eat it. This is something I will have in mind each time I have left-over chicken, which is about once in 10 days to two weeks. I'm really going to enjoy this. I may cook extra chicken just so I'm sure to have left-overs! Thank you so much for a real taste treat.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2013

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