Amy Profile - (13996967)

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Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Bryan, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a early-onset type II diabetic determined to eat well *with* my disease, rather than in spite of it. I am constantly trying to retool recipes with low carb and low sugar cooking in mind.
My favorite things to cook
I am a stress baker! Luckily, I'd rather bake it than eat it, so it hasn't compromised my diabetic control at all. I make the best scones this side of the pond, and I am just beginning to dabble in cakes and bars.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is Cajun/Creole, so I grew up learning that gumbos are made with the following philosophy, according to my grandmother: "Well, I had a pork chop, two chicken legs, and some roast left, so I put those in the gumbo, too." I am a firm believer in a loose hand in cooking; I rarely write recipes down, and I often look at 5-6 recipes and pick and choose ingredients and methods from there.
My cooking triumphs
Learning how to make scones, perfecting my grandmother's gumbo (just don't tell her!), and getting requests from random strangers for foods of mine they've tasted from my friends.
My cooking tragedies
Cakes fail me. Utterly.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Decadent Peanut Butter Pie
I made this pie for Thanksgiving, and the husband begged for it for Christmas! I used a graham cracker crust instead of a chocolate pie crust (couldn't find in the store), and it was delicious. I needed slightly more cool whip both times I made it; 1 container isn't quite enough. Definitely a huge hit. Will make again!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2010
Easy Cheese Ball II
Great! I added real bacon pieces and chopped green onions, as others have suggested. You must let this sit overnight, at least, if not make it two days before. The longer the flavors have to relax, the better it is! 1 recipe made 3 good-sized servings for me, and I rolled 1 in pecans, 1 in parsley, and 1 in almonds. Can't wait to make it again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
I made this for my best friend's baby shower, and it was gone in a matter of minutes. I followed the other suggestions and increased the sugar to 1 cup, the brown sugar to 3 tbl, and the vanilla to 1/2 tsp, and omitted the pecans. I made three separate balls, and rolled one in toffee, one in peanut butter chips, and one in crushed oreos. The oreo ball was gone first! Hint: put the toppings in a big ziploc bag and put the ball inside to get an even and less messy coating of topping. I served it with graham cracker sticks, oreos, and nilla wafers. Can't wait to make it again!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2009

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