Mrs.West Profile - (16267217)

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Home Town: Visalia, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I'm a proud Navy Nuke housewife and fur-momma, who loves all things vintage and classic, who would much rather make things from scratch (from foods to crafts) than buy them premade.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake up sweet treats, although with just my husband and me here at my home I often give away a lot of treats to my neighbors so we don't pig out on them. I love to cook for people (I get a lot of enjoyment out of making people happy), but cooking for myself not so much.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm half Mexican half German so I grew up spending my Christmas Eve with my Dad's family (Mexican side) where we make dozens and dozens of tamales early in the day and enjoy them later in that night with a huge buffet of other foods from other Mexican foods to traditional holiday foods. On Christmas Day we wake up late have a good size brunch, and go to my Mom's family (German side) and have the traditional American Christmas foods. I love doing this I get to celebrate Christmas twice I would have fought tooth and nail to maintain this tradition, but I didn't cause my husband loves it too!
My cooking triumphs
Most girls hear from their husbands that they wish she could cook like his mom, although my husband date for 3 years before we were married I realized when we got engaged and moved in together that I had never cooked for him, which is weird cause I love cooking and grew up cooking but we had been in college and super busy, but anyways I was nervous cooking for him I knew his mother was a pretty good cook and I had only really cooked for family so I didn't know how I would stack up. Well I soon learned that the cooking traits that were my core values (always experiment, never following recipes, always asking others for there honest opinions and well thinking if I'm going to season something I should really season it!) were my saving grace. My husband doesn't think I'm as good of a cook as his mom, he thinks 10x better cook than her! Which feels pretty awesome.
My cooking tragedies
Just like all cooks there's things I've cooked that haven't come out quite right, or got burned, or a plethora of just cooking mistakes I have made. I am human after all ^.^
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Homemade Sweet Italian Sausage (Mild or Hot)
I love making my own sausage because you're really in control of what goes into the food, and especially with sausage commercial products which are full of sodium and msg making pork, a relatively healthy meat into a heart attack waiting to happen. As for this recipe my husband is in love with it! I only had a pound of pork so I went ahead put all the spices called for in the recipe in a spice grinder to blend them evenly, makes about 7 tablespoons, put a third of that into the pound of pork, cooked it off and used in Lasagna Rollotini. Soooo good, even if I would let my husband go back to commercial sausage he wouldn't in a million years. Thanks so much for the recipe.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2011
Creole Seasoning Blend
Love it! I added more thyme and a little lemon pepper for some brightness. I use this is in rubs for meats, but my favorite is using this on seafood especially in fish & shrimp tacos! Marinate the fish and shrimp for 10 minutes in 2 tbsp. of Creole Seasoning, juice of a lemon, and zest/juice of a lime. Cook in a skillet with half of the marinade til opaque. Soooooo good!!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 1, 2011
Abbey's White Chocolate Latte
This is my husband's hands down favorite drink at Starbucks he loves it so much he will still get it during the summer, but Starbucks can be quite pricey on a Military members salary, so I made this for him along with a big breakfast on Veteran's Day, he was soo shocked it tasted exactly like Starbucks! Absolutely going to keep this in my recipe box!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2010

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