Cyndi Profile - (1591355)

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Home Town: Tyler, Texas, USA
Living In: Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Jan. 19, 2010 8:31 am 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2010 9:24 am
This past weekend was a comfort food kind of weekend.  I made a big pot of Texas Style Chili and it was so good.  I stopped by Penzey's Spices to pick up Cumin, Mexican Oregano, Red Chile Powder, and Chili Powder.  Of course, I picked up some other spices while I was there. … MORE
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Tags:  Baking, Family
From The Blog:  Thoughts from the Kitchen 2
Cinnamon Rolls
Peanut Butter Cookies
About this Cook
I am a mother of three beautiful children. I love cooking for my family. I don't always have time during the week but try to cook on the weekends. I live in MA but am originally from Texas. My Mom is a wonderful Southern Cook. I was in the kitchen learning from her from the time I was old enough to stir.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook but my passion is baking. I love making cookies and cakes for friends and family. I also love to bake bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I enjoy cooking for the holidays. Friends and family always come to our house on Christmas Eve for appetizers and desserts. I always cook a LOT of food. On Christmas morning I cook breakfast for the family and then later that evening I make a Beef Tenderloin with all the trimmings. It's a lot of work but I LOVE IT.
My cooking triumphs
The perfect Beef Tenderloin on Christmas Day! It's taken a few years to perfect the meal but I think I've got it down. At least my family and husband's family rave about it anyway!
My cooking tragedies
Thanksgiving Dinner -- My turkey took 2 hours more than I had calculated! Luckily we had plenty of appetizers to keep people from starving before I got the turkey on the table!
Recipe Reviews 57 reviews
Red Velvet Cake
This was a great recipe. It was exactly what I was looking for. The only change I made was using butter in place of shortening. The cake was not dry. Just be sure to keep your eye on it and check for doneness. My mom made a similar recipe. I would never put cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake. This frosting was very close to what my mother made. I think next time I will try it with 3/4 c. sugar instead of a whole cup in the frosting. It is still very good as is.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2010
Jam Filled Butter Cookies
I wouldn't change a thing! This recipe is a 5 Star recipe as is. Cookies are buttery and melt in your mouth. I used some Moravian Fig Spread from Whole Foods in my cookies and it was divine! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing MKHG

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2010
Homesteader Cornbread
This is a great cornbread recipe and almost exactly what I've been searching for. I grew up in Texas and my mom always used Martha White's Cornbread Mix. However, living in Boston now I cannot find that in my stores. The only change I made to the recipe is that I use far less sugar. I used only 1/4 cup as I don't like my cornbread sweet. I also think it could of used maybe 1/2 tsp more salt...maybe. I'm going to try it again today and I'll will update my review to confirm if that was a wise addition. Also, I make my cornbread in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. I put about a tblsp of vegetable oil in the skillet (just enough to coat the entire bottom of the skillet) and let the skillet heat up in the oven before I pour in the cornbread batter. It comes out nice and crisp on the edges that way. (Just the way my mom and grandma did it!)***UPDATE*** I made used 1 1/2 tsp of salt and it really made a difference in the flavor. Now I have the PERFECT cornbread recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2010

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