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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 45 reviews
Spinach Brownies
Made this for dinner tonight. It was really good, even the picky hubby liked it. I agree with another reviewer who said that the amount of butter stated is too much. 1/2 of one stick is plenty. (I think that may have been what Bowlingnut intended.) I altered the recipe by adding 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper and by sprinkling the top with fresh grated parmesan cheese before putting into oven.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2015
Breakfast Rounds
I made these this morning and my husband and I really liked them. I altered the recipe for the sauce by adding milk to it. If I had had cream on hand I would have used it and made it a real caramel sauce, which I will do next time. Also, I always use butter. I never even buy margarine. I used bananas instead of apples. It is sort of like Banana's Foster on an English muffin. I'll try the apples tomorrow. :0) Addition to above: I have now made this using cream and it is very much like a real caramel sauce. I also tried this without milk or cream in the sauce, and as another reviewer stated, it gets as hard as a brick after it cools. Thankfully I used a non-stick skillet and it came off fairly easily. It still tastes good, just more difficult to eat. Lol! I'll definitely stick to adding milk or cream to the sauce.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2015
Sam's Famous Carrot Cake
I have made this cake several times. I LOVE this cake! I make it exactly according to the recipe, except I omit the raisins (I'm not a fan of raisins). It couldn't be more perfect. Thanks for sharing this great cake recipe.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2015
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