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Living In: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a stay at home mom of two. I come from a long line of self taught fabulous cooks. Everything that I have accomplished in the kitchen has been learned by helping in the kitchen since I was a little girl, self-taught or things that I have learned from watching cooking shows (which I LOVE!)and never being afraid to try a recipe. My seven year old (very picky) son says that I make the best dinner in the world - that's probably the best compliment that I can get!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking dinners - everything from quick and easy meals on a busy night or a big Sunday dinner that takes hours to cook. There is no better reward than serving up a delicious homemade meal to your family and friends - no matter how long it took you. Getting a nutritous and yummy meal on the table in record time can be just as rewarding as serving up a really time consuming and traditional family meal. I really love spending a cold winter day in the kitchen cooking up a hearty stew or a roast while the fire is going in the fireplace and we don't have a thing to do but spend time together as a family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The holidays are full of yummy foods that have been cooked in our family for decades. Every Christmas my Memere makes the best French Meat Pie. On Thanksgiving the whole family gathers at one place after dinner to see one another and have dessert. It is always so fun to see the different desserts that everyone works so hard on. Also, usually on Father's Day, we get together with my husbands family and have an awesome New England boiled dinner with lobster, little necks, sausage, corn and of course lots of melted butter and lemon to dip the juicy lobster in!!!!
My cooking triumphs
Guacamole is probably my best and most requested thing that I make! I am asked to make it all the time. I have had people ask me to make it for them so that they can give it to someone that they know who loves guacamole. I love making this simple and fresh dip for a summer bbq or for a mexican fiesta complete with the margaritas!
My cooking tragedies
I love to make Jambalaya and not the kind from a box. This meal is hit or miss with me. More often than not the rice will not cook the way it should and I end up with crunchy rice that is just not edible. When this happens I usually end up cooking it way too long to cook the rice and eventually I just end up with one big pot of mush with chunks of smoked sausage, onion and peppers.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Slow Cooker Carnitas
This was ok...the meat was very tender. I followed a few suggestions from previous reviews. I cut the roast into larger chunks and doubled the spices except for the cinnamon. I also shredded the meat and cooked it in the oven to "crisp" it up. Next time I make this I would NOT use the cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but it just didn't work for me. Also, I don't think I would crisp the meat next time. This left the meat almost too crispy and it lost some of the tender juiciness created from the long slow cooking. Giving it four stars because without the cinnamon flavors it would have been great and the "crisping" idea came from other reviews.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2012
Creamy Potato Lasagna
I really wanted to love this, but it was only ok. I think the jarred Alfredo sauce is what made it have an "off" taste. I think the brand I usd was maybe too salty with the combination of salty ham. I would make it again, but maybe a homemade Alfredo sauce. The Swiss cheese is really a good flavor to add!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2011
Pumpkin Roll Cake
This was really tasty and surprisingly easy to make! Light spongy cake with a creamy filling. Batter was very liquidy and I thought I did something wrong, but it baked up nicely. Be sure to roll it up in towel while still hot or it won't roll up properly.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2010
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