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Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Southern
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I have been blessed beyond belief with wonderful parents, a fabulous husband, and one awesome son! A closer-than-close sister and brother, adorably funny nieces and nephews, and a very special aunt completes my present family circle. Add in the many thoughtful and caring friends we've gathered over the years and you have the perfect combination for good eating, great parties, fantastic story-telling and crazy get-togethers! I wouldn't have it any other way!! And, it ALL begins and ends in the kitchen!!
My favorite things to cook
Tradition southern meals ... one pot wonders, casseroles, soups and stews, anything with gravy! :O)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday is spent with family and friends enjoying each others company and, of course, the biggest question on everyone's mind is, "What's cookin'?"
My cooking triumphs
With a few prayers and a lot of sweat, I've managed to cook and serve delicious dinners for 20-30 every holiday for years now. None of which I could do without the use of handed down family recipes and my fab mom "overseeing" the operation!
My cooking tragedies
Maybe not tragedies, but I have managed to do all the kitchen no-no's over the years ... yes, I have baked a turkey with the giblet packet left inside (hey, I was 20!!), and yes, I did bake a ham with one layer of plastic wrap left in place (hey, it looked like shiny rind!!). I have also made more than one recipe that I forgot to add an ingredient to (meatloaf is really just a hamburger in loaf form when you forget to add onion), or double an ingredient when I shouldn't have (cookies really get big when you use too much butter!!) ... and I still struggle with potato salad (wow, how fast those potatoes go from firm to mush!) and I can't get the sage ratio right in a pan of dressing to save me, but mistakes is what makes us human ... and what takes me back to the kitchen time and time again. :o)
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
This has been my "Fall" cookie for many years and everyone always loves them ... many requests for the recipe. They are soft and cake-like and great frosted or not ... though, using two and frosting between with your favorite frosting like whoopie pies won't find anyone complaining. And, if you call them spice cookies instead of pumpkin, even pumpkin dislikers will have a change of heart. A little suggestion for those of you who are having trouble pressing the cookies down ... until this round of cookies, I have never pressed them down and they turn out with a nice appearance just the same ... especially, if you kind of swirl the dough drop a bit when you place on cookie sheet. The dough bakes down nicely and little, peak-like swirls mark the cookie. But, if you prefer to press without sticking, rub a bit of butter on the bottom of a small glass, dip into a bowl of cinnamon sugar and tap the cookie gently and no-stick. A bonus when making these is a deliciously scented home!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2012
Garlic Spinach
Side dishes do not come fresher, faster or easier than this one! Delicious as is or with a few red pepper flakes tossed in with the garlic. As others have stated jarred minced garlic is handy and works just as well. All ingredient amounts are easily adjustable to suit your taste ... play around a bit. I'm looking forward to replacing the butter with the oil oil or adding a bit of sesame oil next time. Adding a sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese before serving tastes great also! Thanks for the recipe and all the viewer tips!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2012
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
Now, that's a great bowl of red!! Very easy recipe, no unnecessary flavors/ingredients, and was on the table in about 2 hours start to finish. I followed the recipe as given and we loved the taste but because we enjoy a little "sweat" with our chili I added some cayenne pepper and simmered a bit longer. Personally, we think that only upped the overall appeal. By far this is a great base chili to get creative with your own family’s likes and dislikes. A different salsa, diced tomatoes in place of sauce, some chopped green pepper, more or less beans … the combinations are endless … but so delicious!! Here’s a suggestion that doesn’t pertain to this recipe, but chili in general … both of my grandmas and great-grams added diced potatoes to their chili … sometimes sweet corn … who knew?! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2012
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