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Living In: Poplar Grove, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
My paternal grandmother and my mother taught me how to cook Mexican food, and that's my favorite thing to make. I also like baking desserts - watching the transformation of goo going into the oven for a time and then coming out as some wonderful, mouthwatering dessert!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not many in my family can cook Mexican, so it's a lot like Thanksgiving when we do. We set a date, then all get together for a grand meal. The place comes alive with everyone visiting, laughing, watching and waiting for the special meal. Mom and I cook and we usually have a couple of relatives that want to help, so they chop. As you know, hours of cooking and boom! It's eaten in 15 minutes! Later, everyone goes home with a full belly and extras (for their freezer) to tide them over until the next gathering, which is hopefully not too far in the future!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Within the first two bites, hubby declared that this hot, creamy fare be put on his special "Football Season Approved Eats" list! It was yummy and devoured in no time at all!  This is a great base recipe that you can build on, depending on your taste preferences. I made a few changes in the sauce: I made a roux first (as other reviewers commented), added sharp cheddar slowly, mixed in a splash of hot sauce and a pinch of garlic (not regular) salt. Changes in the topping: I added 1/4 t. dried, ground mustard, a dash of paprika, a little black pepper and a splash of hot sauce. It was smooth, velvety and delicious- and NO one noticed I had added hot sauce - it just boosted the flavor a little. We'll be sharing this dish (and recipe) throughout the 2014 NFL season with friends & neighbors. Thanks, Jody!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2014

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