JESSLUV Profile - (1604692)

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Home Town: Landrum, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Just plain ole me.
About this Cook
I'm a pleasantly plump mother, wife and .. *gasp* nearly 30! When I'm not working, I can generally be found in the kitchen trying something new or in the loungeroom, eating something new whilst watching whatever television series that has caught my fancy this week. Some of my fondest memories are of helping my great grandmother in the kitchen as a child. I still can't replicate her fried apple pie, but find solice in the fact that everyone in my family has also tried and have been met with failure haha. Coming out of the kitchen covered in flour from making biscuits, cooking up a pile of bacon to go with our grits .. whatever she felt like on the day. People would come from miles around if they heard grandma had been cooking - especially for her fried apple pies!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are probably, not cooked at all. I enjoy doing what we call "pickies" on the weekends. A large variety of appetizers, from biscuits and dips, to cheeses, Italian meats chicken wings and kind of everything in between. Then we just sit down and graze for the afternoon. My family enjoys these days heaps, so I do too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't have any, yet, but will make some :)
My cooking triumphs
My mother-in-law gave me a recipe from my hubby's childhood - one of his favorites. I was super nervous about making it because well, surely I'd screw it up. I decided to make a few changes so that if it failed, I could fall back on that as a reason. Well, lucky for me, he said its the best he's ever had and has asked for it about once a fortnight since :)
My cooking tragedies
Baking bread. I've tried numerous times to get a decent sourdough starter going and it always falls flat (the bread, not the starter, but I'm assuming its the starter's fault lol). I've fed the starter, let it breath .. heck, I even named it! It never fails though to umm, fail. *shrugs* Lucky for me we have a good bakery near by :)
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Garlic Croutons
A really great basic crouton recipe. It's hard not to eat these straight from the oven haha. Definitely helps to make the flavours pop in a good caesar salad.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 10, 2009
Salmon Patties II
This is the way my Great Grandma used to make her salmon patties and boy have I missed them! A fantastically simple Southern recipe. Now if I could just make up some biscuits to go with them :) Thanks Del and Dad!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2009
Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
My husband, who normally rarely eats dessert, loves this cake. The only thing I change is that I add a dash of lemon essence to the cake mix and then do a lemon juice/butter/iccing sugar glaze. It has become a staple around our house.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2008
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