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Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Living In: Fort, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a working mom of three boys (four if you include my husband,which I have to do sometimes) ages 6,(first 2 are twins) and 2. I have been married for 7 years and have been cooking and experimenting with food since I was about 11 or 12. As a working mother of four, my own mother always welcomed help in the kitchen, even if it meant a bigger mess to clean up. I remember fondly my younger brother and I experimenting with food during our summers at home. We made our own salsa once and it wasn't bad! Who cares if we made it with a jar of Pace picante sauce? We were so proud of ourselves.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything that my family enjoys....which is pretty hard to do at times. My youngest will not touch anything that even remotely resembles a vegetable and I have one who won't eat cheese (unless it is on pizza, of course)which can be a challenge. Sometimes I just have to say "If you don't like it, then don't eat it...but that is what's for dinner." I try to stay on the healthy side of things, substituting light versions of full fat ingredients and always like a recipe that lets me sneak in something really healthy (like spinach) without anyone noticing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas is a big deal in my family and the kids always enjoy making their own cookies for Santa.
My cooking triumphs
Anything my toddler will eat!
My cooking tragedies
When my husband and I were dating I tried to make a goulash recipe from his childhood given to me by his mother. It turned out horribly and to this day I still can't figure out what I did wrong. I ended up pouring it down the garbage disposal while he ordered pizza.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Irish Soda Bread
Fantastic bread! My kids LOVED it toasted for breakfast and I love how well this recipe lends itself to versatility. I omitted the raisins and caraway (one of the kiddos doesn't like them) and added 1/2 tbsp each of cinnamon and vanilla extract. I also substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream as I didn't have any. Halved the recipe and baked in a metal 9x5 loaf pan for about 50 min. The center was a little gummy so next time I might bake it a little longer. I followed another reviewer's advice and let the dough sit for about 15 min to let the baking soda/powder "work" but then later read why that was a bad idea. I think this may be why the center of my loaf was gummy. I also threw some ice cubes onto the oven floor while it was baking for a nice, crispy crust. I think I will try making a savory loaf next...bye-bye store bought bread! P.S.- Another great tip is to buy powdered buttermilk (very inexpensive), add it to the dry ingredients and then add the appropriate amount of water to the liquid. You will always have buttermilk on hand!

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2012
Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream
This recipe gets 3 stars as is because, as other reviewers mention, the sauce is a little bland. However, with the addition of spices to taste like, a dry Italian herb mix, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper this dish is an easy 5 stars. Could also be great baked in a casserole dish with a crunchy panko/parmesan cheese topping.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2012
Man Dip
This was OK - not bad, just not great. It was kind of bland. I used reduced fat cream cheese, Hormel chili w/no beans (one spicy and one mild) and sharp cheddar. Took it to a large gathering (with plenty of men present), served with Fritos corn chips, and hardly anyone ate it. If I do decide to make this again for some reason, I will definitely add taco seasoning and jalapenos or something to give it some flavor.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 8, 2011
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