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Home Town: Meadowview, Virginia, USA
Living In: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I first learned to bake when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember my mom woke me up early one morning and we made biscuits from scratch for breakfast. From there, I learned to love baking, but never took much of an interest in cooking until I left for college. I apparently picked up a lot of cooking knowledge from my mom over the years, though I didn't really realize it. Now married, it's been a challenge learning how to cook for two after learning what I know on a family of six. We always have leftovers.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. (I ran a bakery for two years between high school and college) Breads, desserts, cream puffs, it doesn't matter what. I take any excuse to bake since my husband and I don't need all the stuff I'd like to make. My outlets are church functions, work and company.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Valentine's day brunch. My mom has been making this for Valentine's day for as long as I can remember, and I've continued it myself a couple of times in my 3+ years of marriage. The menu is: Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Hearts, Pan-fried Pineapple Spears, bacon, and a parfait made with Frosted Flakes, cherry pie filling and vanilla ice cream. Is that a sugar high or what? There is of course, always plenty of coffee to wash it down.
My cooking tragedies
Being WAY too adventurous making substitutions in recipes!
Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Playgroup Granola Bars
These are not at all what I hoped. They are like a dry lifeless oatmeal cookie. I'll keep looking for something that is more like a real granola bar.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2013
Juicy Peach Crisp
I cut the white sugar in half and it was still a little sweet for our tastes. Other than that this was delicious! Tasted like shortbread on peaches. I sprinkled the cinnamon directly on the peaces.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2012
Peach Crisp III
This is the best crisp I've made in recent memory. Actually crispy, with a nice blend of spices. I didn't follow the method quite as written, but I'm pretty sure as written it is also worth 5 stars. What I did: I used a full cup of granola in place of the granola, oats and pecans, since mine has nuts and is not as sweet as the boxed kind. I combined all of the flour, the sugar, butter and spices in the food processor until crumbly and then stirred a few big spoonfuls (1/2 cup?) into the peaches before pouring the peaches in the pan. I combined the remaining sugar mixture with one cup of granola and sprinkled it over the top. Came out great!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2011

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