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Home Town: Santa Rosa, California, USA
Living In: Sacramento, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home mom and aspiring screenwriter. I don't love to cook as much as I love to EAT, and I'm pretty picky, so cooking is essential for me, not necessarily fun. ;-) I do love to have a whole bunch of people over and cook for them though, that IS fun, especially if you add sangria, and I usually do!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are usually the things that require the fewest dishes, or the stuff that I can use in multiple ways, like a kickass spaghetti sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Eggnog (homemade, of course), cheesecake and prime rib for Christmas, roast turkey, bacon green beans and homemade pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, ham, homemade bread, and broccoli with cheese sauce at Easter, barbecue all summer, homemade ice cream for birthday parties, grandma's teriyaki marinade, and hanging around the kitchen with family, friends and good, local wine!
My cooking triumphs
I've discovered the amazing transformative powers of three or four essential ingredients: garlic, salt, rosemary, olive oil make everything amazing. My kids ALWAYS eat their vegetables, how about that?! My family swears that my split pea and lentil soup has healing powers, but I know that simply caramelizing the ingredients together before adding water makes all the difference.
My cooking tragedies
Early in my marriage I worked on a beef dish for 90 minutes, one thing going wrong after another, unexpected substitutions, things taking longer than I had anticipated, hungry family in from out of town, when a sudden movement (from me) knocked my 18" skillet to the floor, upside down. We brought the dog in to do cleanup and ate out!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Southern Fried Cabbage
Delicious dish! I did modify a bit- skipped the oil and added an extra strip (or 2 ;) shh) of bacon, used 1/2 a red onion and a big Napa cabbage. This was a hit with the whole family. I was a tad nervous about salting bacon, but it turned out fantastic. THANK YOU! my son had been asking for cabbage with dinner for months and i just couldn't figure out wthowdy to do with a cabbage besides coleslaw. I served this alongside mashed fingerling potatoes & grilled chicken breast. friggin delicious!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2011
Easy Cheesy Chicken Bake
This recipe let me stay home from the grocery store for another day in beautiful style! I used my own cheese sauce, and in the future will add salt to the potatoes before cooking. Also, the directions were a little vague after adding the broccoli: recover and put back in the oven or not? Mix the broccoli in or layer? I layered everything, artfully arranging the broccoli on top, which required a few extra minutes in the oven (covered!) and sprinkled more cheese on top, which the kids loved. Next time I'll add a little garlic and white pepper for a little more pizzaz, and maybe some red bells. The kids loved it, and my husband scraped his plate. I give an extra star for that! I would say that this recipe is a good place to start.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2008

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