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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Liberty Hill, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I've been cooking since I was a little girl when my grandma let me help her make pies. I'm just an everyday home cook, making meals for my family for almost 40 years. Over the past few years hubby & I have branched out while watching the Food Network. Some of the tv chefs and recipes I've found here have given us ideas and confidence to try new foods and ways of doing things. My husband does at least half the cooking now, after we decide on menus together. Getting that break from what had become an everyday chore has renewed my love of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
When the weather turns cold, I love to make soup. We'll eat a different soup at least once a week. I enjoy making a slow simmered sauce for my lasagna, my famous mac and cheese and the chicken pasta dishes with feta and veggies that my husband loves.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Different appetizers for Super Bowl watching, a terrific holiday menu for 4th of July which is my favorite holiday and cookie baking at Christmas. Anytime I can be in the kitchen with some or all of the family, talking, laughing and sipping margaritas or wine.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered the food processor that I was wary of and make a mean pesto and different kinds of hummus. I make several different kinds of enchiladas well, and have made tamales sucessfully several times. My biggest triumph comes every year when I usually do Thanksgiving all by myself (which I hate!) but still put a nice meal on the table.
My cooking tragedies
While getting a heavy pot roast pan out of an eye-level oven, I spilled hot cooking liquid all over my chest (which blistered up on tender spots pretty good!) I'm famous for making salsas and jalapeno dips so hot you can't eat them. My latest goof was putting old shortning in a batch of Snickerdoodles - Whooee!
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Mom's Peach Crisp
First time in almost 10 years we've had home grown peaches to cook with so I made my favorite fresh fruit dessert. Followed another reviewer's advice and added corn starch (1 1/2 tablespoons) and extra cinnamon to peaches, also 1/2 tsp almond extract=love that with peaches. Topping is so crisp and delish!! Hubby was in heaven on a gloomy, rainy day!

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Reviewed On: May 26, 2015
Lemon Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata is probably my favorite chicken dish. I have made it a couple of times with other recipes and they were good. This time it was unusually delicious! I think the extra lemon puts it over the top. And this was one of the more easy and fast methods, which is a bonus. Starting with the chicken medallions insures they cook evenly and quickly. I also sautéed sliced mushrooms with the garlic, after browning the chicken - just personal preference. Hubs said, "You've got to make this again!"

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Reviewed On: May 6, 2015
Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers
Had lots of left over rice so added it to browned up ground beef, onion, jalapeno and our seasoning preferences. I cut our peppers lengthwise ( personal) and baked with some seasoned diced tomato, about 45 min. Very nice, easy dish. Would love to try with Italian sausage.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2015
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