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Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a very down-to-earth person who enjoys writing, reading, spending time with friends, and doing mosaic artwork.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook using real ingredients, and enjoy experimenting with traditional recipes to come up with my own versions. Some of my favorite things to cook are flavorful one-pot recipes and slow cooker soups and stews. I also have a passion for baking - especially cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my favorite cooking traditions come from my Mom, who was a wonderful Southern cook. She taught me how to fry chicken, and serve it up with some delicious cole slaw and potato salad.
My cooking triumphs
Frying chicken that tasted almost as good as my Mom's was probably my biggest triumph in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
My Italian Gnocchi was an epic fail.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Homemade Angel Food Cake
I made this cake last night for a dinner party. One of our guests is lactose intolerant and soy intolerant, so coming up with a dessert was a challenge. I followed the recipe as written except I did add a tablespoon of almond extract and, as others suggested, I did add the flour mixture slowly, folding it in each time to make sure it was smooth. I made a chocolate sauce to go on top consisting of 8 oz of melted dark chocolate from Trader Joe's (that didn't have any dairy or soy products) to which I stirred in 1 cup of hot (but not boiling) canned coconut milk. I topped the cake with fresh strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, drizzled it with the chocolate sauce, then finished with some toasted slivered almonds. It got rave reviews from all of our guests. I'd make this cake again in a heartbeat. It's so versatile, you can do so many things with it. Thank you to the reviewer who suggested finding the proper sized bottle to invert the pan onto BEFORE you put the batter in the tube pan. I had a tough time finding a bottle that worked - but ended up with a small bottle of Tabasco sauce that fit. This was my first attempt at angel food cake and it turned out just perfect. However, the recipe should include the "invert the pan during cooling" instructions. Otherwise, it's a lot of work to end up with a flat and dense cake.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2013
Maple Apple Crisp
This was amazing. I followed some of the reviewers suggestions and I doubled the flour and oatmeal, only used 1/4 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of maple syrup. I also added a splash of vanilla to the apple/syrup mixture. It took about 45 minutes to bake with the added ingredients. Yum.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2012
Boyfriend Bait Beef Stroganoff
I made this recipe for my boyfriend who's a vegetarian, so I made this using Trader's Joe's Meatless Meatballs (which I baked in the oven for 10 minutes and then added them to the sauce once it was done). I followed the recipe pretty closely - although I added an extra cup of sour cream (because I like the sauce really creamy) and I added a couple of shakes of Worchestershire sauce, a pinch of seasoned black pepper, and a pinch of dried basil. I used a pound of baby portobello mushrooms, probably a cup of diced shallots, and a no-beef beef bouillion cube melted in 2 cups of water. I served it over wide egg noodles with steamed green beans. My boyfriend said it was the best meal he's had in a long time. So, yes, I'd have to agree this meal could definitely be "boyfriend bait." :-)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2012

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