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Living In: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love food! My thoughts are consumed by what I'll be eating today, tomorrow and next week. I'm the primary cook at our house, and I love to peruse recipes, plan menus, and make grocery lists. My boyfriend and I are very busy taking care of toddler son, working and renovating our house. There's not a lot of time left over for leisurely meals anymore.
My favorite things to cook
I used to love extravagant dinners (actually, I still love extravagant dinners), but since I've had a baby I'm more interested in quick, easy meals that are still nutritious and delicious. I cook almost everything from scratch, and don't use a lot of convenience foods. The perfect meal to me is a good piece of meat (or fish or chicken), a salad, a vegetable and a starch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is from the south, and we eat seafood for our Christmas Day meal. I'm usually responsible for the crab cakes, which are one of my favorites. I am also the resident cake maker for all birthdays and holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I've learned to not be so literal when it comes to recipes. I'm more apt to substitute or do without items I don't have readily available. I feel it's helping me to be a better cook to be a little more loose in the kitchen. I love to cook for my dad, because he's such an excellent cook. Anytime I can impress him I feel like I've accomplished something.
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was melting chocolate I tried to improvise a double boiler from two pans - one fitted tightly on top of the other. I didn't realize the steam would build up so much pressure in the bottom pan, and it sounded like a bomb went off when the top pan hit the ceiling. Molten chocolate was everywhere. When I moved out of that apartment there was still chocolate on the kitchen ceiling!
Recipe Reviews 87 reviews
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
This is absolutely delicious. Great mix of flavors. I was pressed for time, so I used canned sliced beets. I'm sure roasted fresh beets would provide a better texture and flavor, but mine was still darn good. I have failed miserably at glazing nuts on many occasions, but this maple syrup method on the stovetop is so easy. Love it. Can't wait to eat it again!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2014
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette
This was absolutely wonderful. Everyone loved it at the party, and I was asked for the recipe several times. I used only basil instead of all the other herbs, and grilled asparagus, yellow squash, red bell peppers and a red onion. Definitely a repeat.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2014
Men Love This Steak
I have to say I had high hopes for this given the rave reviews, but it wasn't spectacular. The veggie/bacon topping was delicious with the blue cheese, but the steak would be so much better if it was marinated. Also, the recipe contains much too much grease. I didn't even use the butter, and still felt it was a tad too oily for my taste. The Smothered Filet Mignon recipe on this site is far superior.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2014

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