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Wilemon


Wilemon
 
Home Town: Afton, Virginia, USA
Living In: Larkspur, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Wine Tasting
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Jul. 11, 2009 8:23 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2012 3:22 pm
I have had high blood pressure for several years that cannot be controlled with blood pressure meds due to my aldosterone levels are high making my blood pressure like a serious yo-yo.  This morning I took my BP after my aldosterone regulating med was 187/125 scared the heck out of… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
I love to cook because I grew up cooking with my grandmother in Afton, Virginia. She called me Tadpole. She was my greatest cooking influence. After my family moved to Texas, my Dad and I cooked together. I learned a lot about seasonings from him. He was a cook in the army. I also love cooking with my brother. I learned a lot about marinating from him. When we cook together he talks like Julia Childs and I talk like Justin Wilson(I am female). It gets pretty crazy. I have developed the ability to taste something in a restaurant and recreate it at home. Thus, my family doesn't go out to eat a lot!
My favorite things to cook
There is nothing that I don't cook. I also love making all kinds of candy during the holiday seasons. My son's favorite thing is for me to bake him a cheesecake. My husband and my favorite dinner is marinated steak topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms, stuffed portabello mushrooms or stuffed baked potato and browned butter broccoli. A huge hit with the whole family and next door neighbors is chicken and dumplings with cornbread. Trying new recipes from allrecipes.com has been my hobby for quite a while.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite holiday story is the first year I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my Mom and Dad. Mom wanted to do something to help, I told her, "No, I just want you to sit back and relax". She insisted on doing 'something', so I told her she could make a pumpkin pie. Dad and Mom show up with her pumpkin pie, we ate dinner, everything from scratch, it was perfect down to the gravy. Time for desert, I cut and served the pie, noticing the color was strange. Mom looked at it and put her hand over her mouth and said, "OH! I forgot to put the pumpkin in my pumpkin pie!". Now every Thanksgiving she has to hear about her pumkinless pumpkin pie from somebody. By the way, she makes great pumpkin pies when she remembers the pumpkin!
My cooking triumphs
My husband and son LOVE Mexican food. I had never eaten Mexican food in Virginia and ate very little in Texas so I didn't know much about it. Over the 32 years I have been married to my husband I have perfected many of his Mexican favorites that he and our son love.
My cooking tragedies
I was making Clam Chowder and forgot to take my bacon out of the freezer, so I substitute imitation bacon pieces. I spent a loooong time fishing the pieces out and certainly was not the best I had ever made. Another time I got this 'brilliant' idea to grill a meatloaf on the gas grill----OOPS! The taste was good, what we could actually eat. The bottom of the meatloaf was hard as a rock. Thus, around here we don't call it 'meatloaf' we call it 'hamburger bones'.
Recipe Reviews 1051 reviews
Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches
I used low sodium beef broth instead of water, omitted the teaspoon of salt because I could always add it later, used the Zesty Italian dressing mix and didn't bother to boil the spices, just didn't see the need as it was going to cook all day any way. We really enjoyed this.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2011
Bodacious Broccoli Salad
I will try this again with less vinegar and black pepper and maybe add a little garlic.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2011
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
We thought this was very good but we just prefer the crumb topping to the bread I guess.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2011
 
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