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Home Town: Boise, Idaho, USA
Living In: Meridian, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Married mother of 5 always hungry teenagers. Husband and daughter are type 1 diabetics. My cooking has morphed over the years. When I'm in a good mood I will try just about anything. I have no problem sharing the kitchen with others. I love help making dinner and I let my husband make breakfast on the weekends.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts and sweet breads. Maybe because that's what I love to eat! I love to try new things especially using up leftovers or veggies before they go bad. I enjoy sneaking squash and other veggies in my dishes. I almost always double the veggies in every meal I make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making fudge at Christmastime. My dad would make huge pans of it every year and we'd go caroling taking it to families. Whole wheat banana bread was something we made almost every Saturday to use up the old bananas. My mom never let anything go to waste and she could make a mostly decent meal from just about nothing. Also, my mom would make homemade whole wheat bread almost weekly. We loved it fresh out of the oven with melted butter.
My cooking triumphs
My first cherry cheesecake! It was the highly coveted item at an auction and I was thrilled! I have a brownie recipe to die for that we love to make all the time. (Unfortunately for my waistline) Yam Cake! My sons hate cooked yams, so rather than have them eat them for two meals, I substituted the leftovers for the carrots in a carrot cake recipe and it was divine. No one knew it was yams.
My cooking tragedies
Definitely my Pumpkin Soup. I tried a recipe from this website years ago and obviously didn't take into account that they meant canned pumpkin. I used fresh cooked, but I didn't drain it well enough, and it didn't have enough flavor. I added too much liquid and it was essentially a huge pot of inedible slop. Someday I may try again. Oh, I also made a horrible potato soup once at about 14 years old. I was reading the recipe and thought, "No way is 1/4 cup of flour enough to thicken this huge pot". I added so much it turned into a gluey mess. My mom made us eat it and my sisters were angry with me for weeks afterward.
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Fiesta Grilled Chicken
Fabulous! The salsa seemed like lots until we all dished up! It was devoured by 3 teenage boys, my husband and me. You could double (or more) the lettuce...I chopped it up first so it was easier to eat. The marinade is enough for more chicken than listed. I sliced the chicken breasts in half to shorten the grilling time. Wish I'd marinated and cooked more for leftovers. Followed recipe for the most part (mixed spices with lime juice...didn't have tequila (or any other alcohol), but added a tequila lime dry marinade from Cabelas that I had in the cupboard to the lime juice and spices and only marinaded for about 20 minutes since the chicken was so thin) Also, I didn't have Italian dressing, so I just sprinkled in about 1 tsp. Italian seasoning and 1-2 TBSP each of vinegar and oil in the salsa (you could use more if you like Italian dressing). I made the salsa about 1/2 hour before dinner and it worked great. I don't know that waiting 6 hours is necessary. I did stir it every few minutes while it sat in the fridge. Will definitely make this again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2013
Lime Bars
Great recipe. Tripled the lime zest and doubled the juice in the bar and doubled the zest and juice in the icing for the extra zip. They were definitely zingy. Everyone loved them and they were completely gobbled up. I used a 9x13 pan for the recipe with no changes except those I've listed (and cooked a little longer).

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2013
Wild Rice and Pepper Salad
I was pleasantly surprised! It's a light, fresh meal. I doubled the lemon because I'm a fan. My whole family ate it. Great side or potluck dish because it can be made ahead.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2013

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