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Home Town: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Living In: Conroe, Texas, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing, Photography
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About this Cook
First, I don't call myself a cook, I tell my wife that I am just a supper getter. But, I like cooking the old time southern home cooking that I grew up on, but like other things too. I used to like only the long original style recipes, but after developing mobility problems, I go for shorter, easier recipes now using fewer ingredients, less time and quicker clean up afterward. Aging is no fun, I don't recommend it to anyone.
My favorite things to cook
If we have special guest over for a dinner, my favorite dish to serve would probably be Chicken Cordon Bleu. For everyday eating, I have always cooked a lot of beans of various kinds; Red beans, pintos, limes, both large and green, navy, northern beans, all seasoned with smoked sausage, smoked ham hocks, bacon, or any bits of ham scraps or ham bones. Add any combo onion, garlic and spices, and usually put them over a bed of steamed rice. I like making chili also. Chili is another thing that can be made so many ways and that adds to the excitement. I will even put chili over rice often. "Honey, I've got the rice cooking, what do you want for supper? I also like most any kind of pasta dishes. I like potato dishes, also, almost any way they can be cooked. I like to make preserves and pickles also. After moving to Texas, my wife and I started cooking TexMex recipes more. As I get older, I like to try dessert recipes, it's the second childhood thing I guess. Dessert is good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our only cooking tradition is that there is no tradition, we serve whatever we desire at holidays or special occasions.
My cooking triumphs
Just receiving a few compliments on my dishes at church pot luck dinners is a major triumph for for me.
My cooking tragedies
I was planning to make a stuffed squash dish for a church dinner. When I inadvertently over cooked the squash, I decided to change it to a squash casserole and managed to still have something to take to the dinner. My wife and I have ever since called it Plan B casserole.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
I did something different here. I substituted a 4.5lbs pork shoulder for the beef roast and used 2 packets of pork gravy, doubled the rest of the recipe, cooked it on high for 6hrs plus threw in some cut up gold potatos at the three hour mark. It came out great! Plus, the house smelled wonderful well into the night time. It is now on our list to serve when we have company, it is that good.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
I made this three times so far and we just love it. Made it straight by the directions except for using brown mustard instead of yellow because we never by the yellow kind. This is a keeper, and will be made again and again. I never thought I would like a crock pot BBQ pork, but this is it. We're going to serve this when the kids and grands come out for their annual visit. Thanks for the recipe cmccreight.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 9, 2013
Chicken with Chipotle
I tried it as written the first time and my wife and I liked it well enough to make it a few more times. We changed it just a little in that we used legs or breast tenders instead of quarters. The sauce is great, a bit spicy, but we like spicy, but if you don't you may want to cut back the peppers.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2013
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