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Home Town: Laurens, South Carolina, USA
Living In: Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am 24 and single, living with one room-mate. I enjoy cooking because it brings people together. I love it when someone eats the food that I prepared and says that it's delicious! My mom rarely ever cooked and we always either ate out or picked something up, so I guess I got tired of that after 18 years! I love eating at home. Food tastes so much better when it is prepared at home and you know what went in to making it. I'm somewhat of a beginner when it comes to cooking, but I'm always trying to learn more. I believe that practice is the only thing that can make you better! I usually have good luck with new items, I don't know if anything I've ever made wasn't edible. I love anything with onions or tomatoes. I usually prefer my veggies raw though...the freshness of them is amazing!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake cakes, I made my first red velvet this past Christmas. I didn't tell anyone that I was making it...that way if it was a disaster I could throw it away and no one would ever know! Sad thing though, the cake gave me migraines. After some "googling", red and yellow food coloring is known to cause migraines. I've been searching for a color alternative...I think that I'm going to try beet juice, just a tiny bit, as to try not to flavor the cake at all. If that doesn't work, I guess it's only "white" velvet for me! I also love to cook anything that involves onions. I love them! Maybe not so good for the breath, but if it tastes good, it's worth it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I suppose the Holidays! As I've gotten older, I get to take more of a part in helping prepare dishes for our family get-togethers. When family members make sure that I'm bringing some of my "signature dishes", it makes me feel good! My "tater" salad is always a hit. The concept that I've come up with is "tater" salad is Southern style and "potato" salad is Northern style.
My cooking triumphs
When I baked my first red was actually my first any cake from scratch. Even though it gave me migraines, it was still delicious and everyone loved it! :-)
My cooking tragedies
I made a "white" velvet on Valentine's Day, but didn't think about adding a little extra water in place of the red dye. It was sooo dry! I took it to a family event, and everyone acted so nice about it...BUT, they all had to eat it with ice cream in order to get it down! I felt horrible!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Baked Pasta
Very good recipe. I think sausage would be very good too. Next time I plan to add a little less brown gravy and a little more tomato sauce. The half and half gave it such a good, creamy consistency. I also added onions and bell pepper.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2012
Sandy's Casserole
This was a very easy and great recipe! I added chopped asparagus to the mix, but I don't think that it did much for it. I did however put one can of cream of asparagus and one of cream of chicken and that gave it an amazing flavor! I did cook the noodles for a few minutes before just to make sure and they turned out just fine. I baked for 35-40 minutes covered, then 10 uncovered. For the last 10 I covered with french fried onions and salt/pepper. I do think that adding more cheese on top at the end would have made it even better. That's for next time! Thanks for such a quick, easy, and tasty recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2009
Easy Snack Wraps
The only thing that I think I could have done differently is more cream cheese. I did not like these, they were soooo plain. I dipped mine in ranch for some flavor. Made a quick dinner, but not something I'd probably do again.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2009

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