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Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Living In: Conway, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Blog...  3 posts
Sep. 16, 2010 1:45 am 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2010 8:28 am
On Tuesday I ventured to our local farmers market in search of pumpkins that I could turn into pumpkin puree since I can't seem to find any in the stores. I knew that I needed a different kind of pumpkin than the ones you carve jack-o-lanterns with, I just wasn't sure what kind, or if they w MORE
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Farmers market produce
About this Cook
I am simple girl from Oklahoma. I love love love cooking, and always have. I like that lately I feel like I am getting much better at it. I have always been able to make just about anything with a recipe. I change recipes though, it feels to compliant to follow them I guess. I live with the love of my life, and our sweet bad dog, Miles. I love wine and beer, and finding and tasting new ones. I like doing crafts, helping friends, learning about new people and places, cultures, and religions. I love to travel. I teach daycare.... um, I take a lot of walks. I think thats about it.
My favorite things to cook
Soups Soups Soups and Cookies Cookies Cookies! I know, I know, I am trying to branch out more. I love mexican food, and experimenting with those flavors. I also love italian... who could dislike garlic and tomatoes? I love to bake, but don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I am a good person to be friends with or live next door to. Most of the time I am just cooking for myself, so I am a fan of things that taste even better reheated.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother didn't cook much, which is probably why I love it. She did make the occasional pot roast in the pressure cooker, but I am terrified of them because I once saw her blow a roast all over the ceiling. She did teach me how to make egg noodles and apple cake, so I have a few traditional recipes to hand down. I haven't really created many of my own traditions yet. I make pumpkin cookies in the fall, and pecan tassies for holidays. In the summer, I like to make strawberry cake. I love making cut out cookies and decorating them with my little sister. Oh, and champagne toast on Xmas day......
My cooking triumphs
My chicken enchiladas are to die for. No joke.... As well as that family recipe apple cake I mentioned above. I recently tackled pot pie from scratch with great results. I am cooking a lot more lately, and I love it.
My cooking tragedies
Im perfect... JK! Lets see.... I guess I haven't had anything too horrible happen. I have burned things, but who hasn't? I tend to add too much garlic, which sometimes ruins things. I also never do anything the same way twice... so I will spend my life trying to figure out how I got that chicken salad to taste so good.....
Recipe Reviews 104 reviews
Burrito Pie
I made this for dinner last night and it was so good. I followed some reviewers suggestions, only using one can of refried beans and one can of black beans. I cooked the black beans with the meat mixture, but reserved the refried and spread them on the bottoms of the tortillas while I was layering. Since it's just 2 of us, I split this into two pans, and froze one for later. I also ended up adding some taco seasoning and enchilada sauce because I felt like the meat was missing something. Overall, really good dinner, and probably something we will make again. We liked it with some shredded lettuce and sour cream on top.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2011
Cheese Ball I
This was a huge hit at thanksgiving. we had a small group, so I cut the recipe in half and it made one nice sized ball. I only used about 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar shredded really small. I also added some diced green onions and worchestershire, and I made it 2 days ahead of time. It was perfect and I will surely be making it for christmas as well.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2011
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
This is amazing! I will never make turkey gravy any other way. It takes extra planning and time a few days ahead, but was so worth it not to be making gravy at the last second. I used 3 large turkey legs because thats what the store had. I seasoned them a little before roasting, and drizzled with olive oil. I added celery to the pot when boiling as well. I followed other reviews, and took the broth after cooking, allowed to set up in the fridge, and then removed the fat from the top. I used the fat as well as a little butter to create a roux with the flour and then slowly added the broth to it. I was afraid it wouldn't reheat well 2 days later, but it was perfect! My husband suggested next time I add the meat from the turkey legs to the gravy as well. Thanks!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2011
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