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Carrot Top Christie


Carrot Top Christie
 
Home Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a 30 year old proud mama from the South! I first started toying with the idea of cooking when I was living in Florida in my early twenties... I craved my southern cuisine and was determined to get it, if I had to figure out how to make it myself! I slowly developed a slight skill through the years. But the birth of my daughter, Ava, broadened my thoughts on food like I never thought possible... she has autism and placing her on the gluten-free, casein-free diet really made me examine food and all its components. Suddenly, a true obsession was born! Now, I hope to pursue culinary school someday, but in the meantime, I try to send dishes home with everyone who visits (mostly just to free up room in the fridge so I can make more!)
My favorite things to cook
Soups! There is something so zen-like about preparing a beautiful soup. I also love to make savory pies, casseroles and pastries. I have been in a passionate love affair with cheese for the better part of my life.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In a word... Brown brown sugar pie. It's a Brown family tradition and my Nanny made me wait until I was 18 to get the recipe...
My cooking triumphs
I am most asked for my chili, my stuffed chicken with roasted strawberries, my HOLY BACON! quiche and, of course, the infamous and wasitline stretching Brown brown sugar pie!
My cooking tragedies
Almost anything I have tried to make gluten-free and casein-free. It's so hard to play with texture like that!
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Ultimate Guinness(R) Beef Stew
Overall, this was pretty yummy. I had to make a few small changes... I added a little more garlic than the recipe called for because we are garlic lovers in this house. Also, I did add the bay leaves to the oil, even though I was suspicious. Unfortunately, as I feared, they burnt to a crisp in no time at all. So I added some into the dish before it went into the oven so that the bay flavor could really get into there. And finally, I didn't add the fresh parsley until I pulled it out of the oven because if you add it too early, all the freshness and brightness will cook right out of it. The sauce was pretty yummy, even though I think there was a touch too much flour in it... didn't stop me from sopping it up with my bread! Might make again, with a few tweaks next time. Thank you for the recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2013
Good Ol' Alabama Sweet Tea
For those of you giving lesser ratings because of the sweetness, did you miss the part where it said "Southern" sweet tea? As a Southern girl, born and raised, I EXPECT it to me almost unbearably sweet. This tea was perfect. Thank you, poster.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 1, 2012
White Wine Chicken Soup
This was absolutely yummy!!! I did things pretty differently, but I would have never thought about putting these ingredients together. I didn't want the vegetables to be mushy so I staggered adding them. First of all, I used leftover roast chicken from the night before, picked from the bone. I used vidalia onions and sauteed them in olive oil for a few minutes, then smashed the garlic cloves and threw those in. Then I added the chicken, seasonings (I added bay leaf too), the wine and cooking liquid (I substituted chicken broth for half of the water). I let this rapid boil for 30 minutes, then simmer for another 30. Then I added the celery. Waited 15 minutes, then added the potatoes. Waited 20 minutes, added the carrots. Then 15 minutes before serve, I added the zucchini and chopped parsley (I think fresh herbs brighten things up the most when added at the end.) It was absolutely perfect!! Thank you so much for this! My family was so happy that the whole pot was gone by the next day.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2011
 
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