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Home Town: Modesto, California, USA
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Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
When I was growing up food was just what you ate at meal times. It was never fun or beautiful or adventurous. I have tried to change that for my own family. I am a stay at home mom who is busy with life but I try to work food in as a fun time for us to come together as a family. We have a lot of bbqs and picnics, we travel a lot so i'm always trying to come up with food that's easy to cook while camping but more entertaining than grilled hot dogs!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook but I love to bake. I'm a math person to begin with so I like the exactness of baking. I raise my eyebrow at chefs that are so good at being adventurous and talented at cooking but are terrified of baking. There is a lot of art and creativity that goes into baking also - you don't have to be scared! I also love the grill - I am under the belief that you can grill ANYTHING! If you've tried something crazy that turned out wonderful, let me know!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have tricked my kids (4 and 7) into thinking "Snack Fiesta" is a party dinner. Really it's a bunch of fresh veggies and meats and cheeses all sliced up with dips and breads on a tray that they can eat with their fingers and for dessert they get to dip fresh fruit into melted chocolate - suckers! That is probably our favorite original tradition - sounds good for dinner tonight too!
My cooking triumphs
My chicken pot pie is absolutely fantastic and after cooking for a decade i can finally make the perfect chocolate chip cookie - perfect.
My cooking tragedies
oh no....too many to count. My parents never taught me to cook and my brother still tells the story of me forgetting about a pan of boiling water until it caught on fire when i was 14.....i'm 31 and i still call someone to ask how long to boil eggs for at easter!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
I love these. I have made them without sifting the flour, sifting once and sifting twice - sifting 2 times makes them super light and fluffy. i do add a dash of vanilla cuz i love it. They are perfect just as they are but i love adding fresh blueberries. Delicious.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2009
To Die For Blueberry Muffins
I love these muffins so much that I make up reasons to bake them.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2009
Grilled Tri-Tip with Oregon Herb Rub
I cook tri-tip all the time. I've used lots of different marinades and rubs from all over. I made this for a 4th of July bbq yesterday and it was a HUGE hit. My husband is still talking about it today! In fact, it's 11 am right now and i can see him in the kitchen eating the few leftovers straight out of the fridge! Thanks :)

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Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2009

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