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Home Town: Sunland, California, USA
Living In: Lancaster, California, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
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About this Cook
Married to my high school sweetie, we have three teenaged daughters and love cooking together!
My favorite things to cook
I adore mexican food! I also find much joy simply going into the kitchen and making a meal my family loves that had no recipe before I started!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas my girls and I make Christmas Cookies. Each Sunday one of the girls is in charge of making breakfast for the whole family.
My cooking triumphs
I love to cook for gatherings such as baby showers, pot lucks, church socials, etc. I am a huge planner and love when great recipes and great plans come together!
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had many tragedies, but when there is one, it's usually when I've tried a recipe that is given to me and I've never had before.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Sloppy Joes II
I have three teenagers, 14, 15 and 16 and a husband of 18 years. I had already prepared 1.75 pounds of ground beef cooked with an onion and had it previously frozen, waiting for a quick week night dinner. I simply sauted 1 garlic clove (instead of the powder) with 1/2 C green bell pepper (again, previously chopped and frozen, waiting for me.) in 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil. Once these were sufficiently cooked, I added my pre-cooked ground beef. Once warmed, I added 1 cup Ketchup, 3 teaspoons brown sugar and about a 2 teaspoons of mustard, since I had increased the amount of ground beef. My girls HATE canned & envelope Sloppy Joes mixes. They've never liked Sloppy Joes because of those prepared mixes and my husband joined them in their dislike. Tonight, they fell in love with Sloppy Joes! I haven't heard the end about how great this was! I served it with homemade Mac & Cheese and a pea salad. Week night dinner made easy! Thanks Tamara for a recipe that my family finally agrees on and likes! AWESOME!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 7, 2006
Peanut Butter Balls III
When my family tried this recipe, it was very dry. There seemed to be too much sugar as well. I've made Peanut Butter Balls in the past and my family did not care for these as much as the ones in years past.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2006
Baked Macaroni and Cheese III
This recipe makes a lot! I changed things a little, as do most people. I used an 8 ounce block of chedder and an 8 ounce block of swiss. I omitted the parmesean since I didn't have any. I didn't have all the sour cream either, so I only used 4 ounces. To make this not so dry, as others have complained it was, I added an entire stick of melted margarine, rather then the 1 tablespoon it called for. This helped the "dryness" factor and improved the taste a lot. I used italian bread crumbs on the top. The whole family loved this one! Next time, I think I'll make a cassarole out of it with added meat and veggies! YUMMY!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 6, 2003

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