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Home Town: Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, USA
Living In: Northern, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy
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About this Cook
Working mother of three, grandmother of one. Involved in activities outside the home. Enjoy a good party.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a sucker for baking probably because I love to eat dessert. Pork in various forms seems to be on my stove a lot. I'm a country cook that comes from a long line of country cooks, I love historic recipes and fresh, basic ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The country cured ham that I MUST prepare each Christmas. It is a three day labor of love that is first taken as ham biscuits to parties, given sliced as gifts, becomes the side meat for Christmas Eve dinner, is the backbone of Christmas breakfast and - in its final presentation - becomes the secret ingredient in my New Years Day Jambalaya. OH, the bone and scraps are then frozen and used in fresh pole beans in the spring.
My cooking triumphs
I finally mastered Thai Chicken & Basil!!!
My cooking tragedies
The caramel icing I attempted to make for my mothers birthday cake about 15 years ago. It was such a disaster that I had to throw away the pan because the icing was glued into it! Baa-Waa!
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Delicious! And this is coming from someone who doesn't like Dill Pickles! These are light and crisp and bright. I did add about 1 tablespoon extra vinegar as I like "zing" and added about 3-5 dill seeds to each jar along with dill weed and part of a dill head from the garden. I cut spears from the center portion of the cukes and retained the ends. After all spears were in jars, I cut the ends into chips and made pint jars of chips. GREAT on burgers off the grill! My family loves dill pickles and we've got a lot of cukes this year so I think I'll be making quite a few batches of these. Thanks!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2014
Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Made this for an office picnic as I was intrigued with this oil and vinegar recipe. I made a large batch so served it to my family first. I thought it "meh" but my husband really liked it. Both of us said it needed MORE vinegar as there wasn't much of a zing to it. The overriding flavor was of the dill and I used the amount listed in the recipe. Took it to the picnic the next day and several people complimented me on it. Based on my observations, this recipe has a 50/50 chance of being considered "good" by someone.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 3, 2014
Cranberry, Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad
Excellent winter salad. I served it Christmas day and received many compliments. The salad is flexible as it's as good with the avocado as without. I served it without the avocado as my husband doesn't care for them. I also served it with the blue cheese on the side [we had quite a few kids there and I was afraid the blue cheese would turn them off] and that went well, people just added as much blue cheese as they wanted. As far as the dressing - I made the dressing found in AR's recipe Spinach and Strawberry Salad EXCEPT I USED ONLY 1/3 CUP SUGAR AND USE BALSAMIC VINEGAR INSTEAD OF WINE VINEGAR. This homemade balsamic dressing is perfect with this salad.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2014

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