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Home Town: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2012
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I just started cooking everything at home to save money and be healthier, we have gone 100% organic at home. I am originally from the East Coast but now I live on the left coast. I love Cali, I think we are done moving!
My favorite things to cook
Anything in a slow cooker. I love slow cooking, its so easy! I just recently started baking and I really like sweet breads, like pumpkin bread, zucchini bread. Super easy to make and hits the spot on that sweet tooth.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Funnily enough my mom cooked everything from scratch, everything. She ground her own flour, her parents had a farm and we would go by and get meat fresh from the slaughter house, she would do her own canning and we grew a lot of our own veggies. I remember tomatoes and trying to grow watermelon a few times, lol! That art was lost on us kids, I was convinced that I was a city girl, hence the trek to NYC, where my Dad was from. One year in that hectic environ and I was running out. Look at me now mom! I am cooking at home, learning how to can and Josh can't wait until we have our own space for a garden, irony?
My cooking triumphs
I think it's simply that now I am starting to understand food. What goes with what, how certain dishes cook. It brings a whole new viewpoint to cooking that I never had before.
My cooking tragedies
I bought dried beans because they are cheaper than canned and we are making an effort to eat less meat during the week. I found a slow cooker recipe for black bean stew, yum, right? Well, it called for a lot of canned stuff, I thought I will just throw in the veggies I have in my fridge. Great idea except I don't know what they were. I had bought a bunch of peppers @ the local market. Turns out they were SUPER hot. So hot in fact our mouths were ON FIRE. Yikes. We got through it by adding A LOT of rice. Oops :0)
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
Night Before Scrambled Eggs
I made this for Christmas morning and my husband loved it! I will probably make this again. It's just that it's hard for me to find breakfast meat I can eat (nitrates, etc.). I made it with coconut milk and chorizo and it came out really well. Not too spicy and delicious.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2014
Candy Cane Fudge
Thank you for this!!! I cannot eat chocolate so fudge (and holidays in general) are difficult for me to have desserts. This was my first ever attempt at fudge and it came out sinfully divine. I made it for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. It has this wonderful texture, you just can't help yourself. I didn't crush candy canes. I got lucky and found white chocolate candies filled with candy canes at Costco, so I grabbed them up. Then at the last minute I found Andes white and peppermint bits at Target. I added all of the Costco candies and a handful of the Andes bits, everything melted down perfectly. Then I sprinkled the Andes bits on top, beautiful. Oh! I also didn't add any food coloring, since it isn't good for you (LOL! Who cares when making fudge, right! Silly.) but it was very pretty regardless, nice pink color. I suggest you cut it into small pieces just because it is so rich. Enjoy!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2014
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
oh my gosh, good! It's like dessert for breakfast. I made this for Christmas morn and I tore it up, hahah! My husband said it's too sweet but who asked him, lol! I will absolutely make this again. The leftovers kept real well and I was able to eat it for breakfasts for over a week. I may try what some of the other reviewers suggested next time, shredding the cheese, etc. The large chunks of cheese were not the best, it's ok when it's fresh out of the oven because you can just swirl it all together. The sauce on top was just wonderful. Great recipe, thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2014

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