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KSouth


KSouth
 
Home Town: Athens, Georgia, USA
Living In: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Gardening, Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm truly a southern girl who LOVES to cook. I work full-time and have a husband who eats a LOT, so I am always looking for quick, economical recipes. During the week it has to be pretty simple, but I love experimenting with new recipes - especially on the weekends!
My favorite things to cook
I have always loved to bake and everyone loves my desserts. I have been doing a lot more cooking lately (branching out to inclue weeknights!) and live by my slow cooker. I like pastas and one-dish casseroles for weeknights, and we usually grill on the weekends. I love any southern comfort food (we could eat grits 3 meals a day!) and italian cuisine is a favorite as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes THE BEST pecan pies and sweet potatoes every holiday. My grandmothers have passed along the most amazing strawberry cake, mac & cheese, and sloppy joe recipes. My mother-in-law has given me the ultimate chicken pie recipe, and one of these days I plan to master my great-aunt Rebecca's coconut cake! I love coming together for family meals and holiday celebrations. Whether we are all seated around the table or the family spills over throughout the rest of the house, we always have a wonderful time.
My cooking triumphs
I get constant requests for my zucchini bread (made with our home-grown zucchini) and chocolate-peanut butter chip cookies. I make them in massive batches! I have also recently mastered my mother-in-law's chicken pie and it is a regular in our house. When I made it last week (with my own personal touches) my husband said it was the best he's ever had!
My cooking tragedies
Shortly after we were married I tried to make a whiskey-flamed steak dinner to surprise my husband. I had never flamed anything before(and haven't since)and would have assumed a warning about the massive amounts of smoke would have been mentioned?? I did everything exactly as directed-swirling the whiskey around the skillet and over the steaks at the designated temperature-and our apartment filled with smoke within a few seconds. I had to run outside with the pan of smoking steaks and the parking lot was so smokey you would have thought the building was on fire. After leaving the smoking pan on the porch for about 20 minutes I brought it inside and dished up the steaks(I wasn't about to waste such nice expensive meat-he was going to eat it!) My husband actually loved it! Though the outside was black and unappealing-the inside was perfect and super juicy. I still haven't braved that recipe again, though we now have a house with nice big windows right by the stove.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Zucchini Cobbler
Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. Definitely an excellent way to use up those giant zucchinis that get missed in the garden. It did taste a lot like apple cobbler which is great because my husband LOVES apple anything, but still had a definitive zucchini taste to me. I think I'll chop the zucchini a little smaller next time and add a bit more filling - then it should be perfect.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2009
Cream Cheese Pound Cake III
Delicious! I love to bake, though I rarely make pound cakes because they always seem plain to me, but this one was delicious! I made a chocolate cream cheese version last night with a few alterations as suggested in other reviews. I used 1 1/4 C butter and 1/4 buttermilk as suggested. I also cut the sugar back to 2 2/3 C. I made the batter in my stand mixer beating each addition extremely well. I poured half the batter into my bundt pan and sprinkled with chocolate chips. Then I mixed 1/4C. unsweetened cocoa powder into the remaining batter to make it chocolate and poured the rest into the pan. After the first hour of baking I checked it every 10 minutes - I believe it finally took about 1hr. 35min total and was perfect inside. I frosted it this morning with cream cheese frosting and brought it to work for a co-workers birthday - we've all eaten some for breakfast already! Absolutely delicious - will definitely make again and can't wait to try other variations!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2009
Country Apple Dumplings
These were easy and delicious! I used 2 medium-sized Granny Smith apples but only 1 can of crescent dough - so they were a little more apple and slightly less dumpling. There was still PLENTY of gooey dumpling and my husband LOVED them. I surprised him with them last week (apple anything is his favorite) and the whole pan was gone in one evening!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2009
 
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