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Home Town: Marengo, Illinois, USA
Living In: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Working mom with a brand new Brady Bunch family full of kids ages 11,12,17,20 and the biggest one is 44. I wish I had more time to spend in the kitchen, I love experimenting and most things I make I have no recipe for. I've been trying to eat "clean" now for a couple years (much to the kids-who-are-new-to-me's dismay) so there are all sorts of new veggies and new ways to prepare things. So far, so good and the two oldest kids actually ASK for brussels sprouts. I knew those little cabbagey bad boys had potential! We have a small vegetable and herb garden planted and I enjoy using things I've grown.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken marsala with zucchini, eggplant and mozzerella, fettucini alfredo, shrimp scampi, and anything Central American. My kids LOVE my beef stroganoff and my friends would come over for enchiladas every day if I'd let them. I love cooking things that make the entire house smell great! Mmm... chocolate chip cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies, my grandma's Texas Sheet cake and a no-name casserole that is a heart attack in corningware, but it's SOOOOOO good.
My cooking triumphs
Venison and Black Bean Enchiladas! They were surprisingly awesome! Also I modified a pot of chole chaat. Really good!!! Who knew I could get the kids to eat garbanzo beans?
My cooking tragedies
In 2004, I tried chili with tofu when I went on a healthy eating kick. It was ugly. There were casualties and I've never lived it down. Every time I serve something new, they say "there's no tofu in it, right?" And no. No tofu. Ever. Pass the meat, please.
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
Amazing. Seriously. I am a cake snob and these were incredible. Super moist, not too sweet, not too gingery... the butterscotch pudding is a genius addition. For the frosting, I used 1 stick of butter, 8 oz of cream cheese, 1t vanilla, maybe 1/2t cinnamon, about 3/4 bag of powdered sugar, about 1/4 pkg of butterscotch pudding mix and enough milk to give it the consistency I wanted. I sprinkled crystallized ginger on top of the frosted cakes. The man took a bunch to work and said they disappeared in a matter of minutes. I will DEFINITELY be making these again, and they'll be in the lineup every fall from here on out. Spectacular.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2012
Brigid's Blackberry Pie
AMAZING!!! No one in my family believed this was as easy as it was!!! My son, who rarely eats pie, declared "this is delicious" and instructed me that other than the obligatory holiday pumpkin pie, no other pie besides this one is allowed to darken my oven's door. I made a mixed berry frozen custard to go on top, but we couldn't wait for it to custardize... something to look forward to later!! Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. It's going to be a summer regular in my house. :)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2012
Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
This was so DELICIOUS!!! My boyfriend laughed and said I was making too much salad, but between the two of us and my two teenagers, my huge salad didn't stand a chance. Served with pan seared swordfish and garlic bread, and it was perfect. This may actually be on the Thanksgiving table this year. Thank you for sharing!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2011

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