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Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I received my Associates Degree at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu. And have been cooking in the kitchen with my Mom since the age of 7.
My favorite things to cook
While I have my degree in culinary, I love to bake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorites are actually the most simple, and cheap, to make. My Mom was divorced and had 3 children to feed with no support from our father.
My cooking triumphs
In my basic baking class, I had to make challah bread. The instructor said that it was the best he ever tasted from a student. And one of the teachers that I had the privilege of meeting was a Master Chef from Germany. I was talking to him about my sausage and sauerkraut and he said that he would like to try it. So I made some and brought it to school. Both he and his assistant loved it. They had only great things to say about it. I was working at a 5 star resort as a Garde Manger Chef. And everytime we got a dessert order, I would put garnishes on them in a way that would make the servers want them. The first order would always send the others flying in. Once the other guests in the restaurant got their eyes on that first one, that was it; they wanted it! Whenever there is a potluck, everyone wants to know what I brought. And I hardly ever have any left to take home.
My cooking tragedies
I burnt the sugar that I was carmelizing to make a cake that I learned how to make in school... my house smelled aweful for days! Worse than burnt popcorn. It was, and still is, my best pan. It took ALOT of patience and hard work to get all of the burnt sugar out. It was like a brick in there. It took me about 4 hours, but I did it!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Best pancakes EVER!!!!! Thank you for sharing... my family didn't usually eat pancakes very often; until this recipe that is. Now we make them everytime we have company, or on our now traditional "breakfast for dinner" night (which was created just to have these pancakes). Sometimes I will add 2 small bananas with a little cinnamon and a splash of vanilla to turn them into "banana pancakes," or "chocolate chip pancakes" by adding 1/2 cup of chocolate chips - just to change it up a bit. We have even turned them into"blueberry pancakes," but our favorite Holiday version is "cranberry pancakes." In our house we get to choose whats for dinner on our birthdays- and my son chooses these pancakes EVERYTIME!!! This recipe is a must have.... and I have shared this one with many of my friends and family.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2013
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
I made this 10 years ago to try something different for a side dish. We loved it so much, I told my family that I would make it for Thanksgiving. For my family, it was LOVE at first bite. Everyone wanted the recipe and now we have to take turns making it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone still makes it as a side dish too. You could add some cheese to the top of it during the last 10 minutes of baking.... YUM!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010
Holiday Cranberry Sauce
My friends and family always love when I make this. They make sure that I am on the holiday menus for this. No more Cranberry Sauce in a can, that's for sure! My son even likes when I make more than enough so that he can use the leftovers for his pancakes, waffles, cheescake, ice cream, etc. He just can't get enough. I have to freeze extra cranberries to make it throughout the year. And he is a VERY picky eater, he wouldn't touch the can stuff with a 10 foot pole.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010

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