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Kate Perry Cardenas

Kate Perry Cardenas
Home Town: Big Pine Key, Florida, USA
Living In: Bay Point, Florida, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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My Wedding Cake
About this Cook
I grew up in the Florida Keys and went to UCF for college. I am now back home working in the Biology Department of the National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge. I live with my fiance and we both have a love of animals. We have a dog, two cats, 4 leopard geckos, an albino Argentine horned frog, and a saltwater aquarium full of critters we've caught ourselves!
My favorite things to cook
I don't bake often, but when I do I try to go all out! I love making my mother-in-law's canoe cookies, my peanut butter cup cheesecake, and key lime pie. My homemade bean and corn salsa is a staple in our house, along with my feta, spinach, tomato quiche! I would like to cut down on the meat I eat, so I am looking for vegetarian recipes that I can add meat to for my fiance.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was not brought up cooking. My mom was/is a single career mom and I never learned how much fun food can be! When I left for college, all I knew how to make was spaghetti, pancakes, and tacos. The lack of variety bored me to the point of looking up new recipes, and now, I love to make up my own! I think I've gotten to be pretty good considering that it's all been trial and error, and I hope to get better and better at it!
My cooking triumphs
Everyone loves my garlic mashed potatoes! My fiance loves the chicken stuffed with jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon (found it on this site!) and people still talk about when I made my own variation of Mickeys Cheesecake (on this website)
My cooking tragedies
In third grade we had a cultural food day. I decided to make cookies from my great grandmas German cook book. I had no help, and I used salt instead of sugar, and baking powder instead of soda! They were burned and utterly disgusting! Now-a-days, I have a little trouble cooking meat right, but the more I do it, the better I get!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Kitty Litter Cake
This cake LOOKS awesome! I prepared as directed, but next time I will do it a little differently. As is, it is very bland-and tootsie rolls are only good for decoration, who wants to eat tootsie rolls with cake? I like another reviewers idea of adding a container of chocolate frosting, I think it really needs that. Also, I may use mini Snicker bars mixed in and figure out how to make it a chocolate peanutbutter flavored cake instead of plain chocolate and vanilla. Over all A for presentation, but C for flavor.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2014
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
These are SO good, that my husband will make them! He wants them THAT bad! lol PS. sometimes we add chocolate chips too :)

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2013
Avocado Shrimp Ceviche-Estillo Sarita
I use this recipe as a jumping off point- I use snapper instead of shrimp and add a cucumber and a red pepper (for crunch) It's a hit!

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2013

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