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Dinner Date

Dinner Date
Home Town: Born In A Tiny Town Named Sulphur Springs, Texas, USA
Living In: League City (In Galveston County), Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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My Pina Colada Rum Cake
About this Cook
My mother worked, so I began to cook when I was about 9 years old. I managed not to set the house on fire and came up with some edible concoctions. I've been building on it ever since. Other parts of my life were also fairly successful. I have always loved dogs and was fascinated by pure bred dogs and dog shows that I would see on t.v. As an adult, my husband and I got involved in quality purebred dogs. We devoted around 20 years or so to the local kennel club and breeding, training and showing our own purebred dogs(and occasionally someone else's). Dog showing took us to almost every state in the union. We spent quite a bit of time on the road going to one show or another. Dog showing took us to almost every one of the states. We traveled in our motorhome, and cooked our meals most of the time. Now days we spend most of our time close to home, except for visiting relatives, or that occasional splurge trip. We've been to Israel, Maui, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel, so far.
My favorite things to cook
I like good solid American cooking, some Tex-Mex, and some oriental style foods. I don't like to fry foods, because I seem to be a magnet for spattering hot oil and the cholesterol, but I do stir-fry quite a bit. I suppose my very favorite thing is baking, but don't do it for us very often due to the un-needed calories.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I usually do the birthday, wedding, and anniversary cakes for the family and friends. At Thanksgiving and Christmas I make tons of homemade candies and treats for the family, it's almost like an obsession and everyone has their favorites. I can't slight anyone so I make all of them. If I have the time I also make a gingerbread house at Christmas. Then all of us spend the next 300 days trying to get rid of the weight gain.
My cooking triumphs
The photo on my page is my own Pena Colada rum cake recipe. I came up with the recipe after one of our trips to the Caribbean where I bought a Pena Colada rum cake. I was blown away by it! I decided that I couldn't wait until our next trip to the Caribbean to have it again, so I worked on my own recipe until it was exactly like the one I bought. I haven't shared the recipe with anyone, not even my own family, as yet.
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
Rum or Bourbon Balls
This is a great tasting and easy recipe. I didn't roll them in ground nuts, and I rolled the balls in powdered sugar more than just once. I allowed them to mature in the refrigerator in a plastic zipper bag, left partially open so it could breathe. After a couple of days the sugar was almost completely absorbed into the candy, so I rolled them in sugar a second time, and when it had almost absorbed again, I rolled them a third time. The only other thing I did differently was that I used a good brandy instead of bourbon or rum (even though I had both). I served them to some friends we invited over for dinner right before Christmas. I am now sharing the recipe with those friends because the wife has overheard her husband several times telling his friends how good those brandy balls were. Quite a complement! Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2014
Chocolate Rum Balls I
I made these using homemade vanilla wafers from this site. I decided to try a good brandy instead of rum. The longer these mature the better they get. At first the alcohol is really strong, but after a while it begins to mellow out. It takes more than just a couple of days. These are very nice when mature. I had to roll them in powdered sugar twice. The first time, after a day or so, it had absorbed into the candy, which actually made it taste even better. I think I will try the recipe sometime using rum, and maybe even try it using a good bourbon.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2014
Pecan Crescents
I absolutely love these cookies. I have been using this recipe for years, several batches every holiday and just anytime else I want to have some. It's a great little cookie and easy to make...maybe a bit time consuming, but so simple that I enjoy making them. Recently I made a batch the regular way and a 2nd batch with mini chocolate chips (without pecans). For the chocolate chip ones I formed the dough into balls and flattened them into discs between the size of a U.S. quarter and a half dollar, and about 1/4 inch thick; dredged them in powdered sugar after baking, as the pecan ones are. Different form for a different taste. The hubs (who is a chocoholic) really liked the chocolate chip version. Both ways they have a nice little crunch when biting into one. They aren't too sweet, either. I enjoy them either way.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2014
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