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Home Town: Bryan, Texas, USA
Living In: Arlington, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a new registered nurse (graduated May 2010), wife of almost 15 years, and mother of one son and one daughter. I enjoy cooking but am not very adventurous in the kitchen. I always follow the recipe as is the first go round and then tweak it to suit my taste. I love sharing new recipes and ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything in a crust, chicken pot pie being one of my all-time favorite "comfort foods." I like Fall and Winter foods (soups, stews, casseroles, etc.), especially stuff I can toss in the crockpot overnight or early in the morning and have the house smelling wonderful. I believe in "lovin' from the oven"!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I regret that my kids are getting older and we have never really established a routine of them helping me in the kitchen. Every year they help bake and decorate Christmas cookies with me. We use a daily theme to help everyone stay abreast of what's for dinner: Soul food Sunday, Mama Mia Monday, Tex-Mex Tuesday, One-dish Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday (leftovers), Finger Food Friday, and Soup/Sandwich/Salad Saturday. I enjoy finding new recipes to add to the rotation.
My cooking triumphs
As a favor to my sister, I have baked and decorated two wedding cakes that turned out beautiful. Let me not forget the Elmo cake I baked for my nephew's 2nd birthday-it was baked in one of those shaped pans and covered with frosting piped on with the "star" tip in a dozen different colors.
My cooking tragedies
I do not tend to fry hardly anything, much to my family's chagrin. I haven't perfected the technique for getting the batter to stick to the meat and not the bottom of the pan. I also do not like the mess it creates. I am at the mercy of Popeye's Cajun kitchen or the local grocery store deli when we have a taste for fried chicken around here. A Fry Daddy would probably help!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Sweet Potato Pie I
I made this for my Thanksgiving meal. I doubled the spices and accidentally omitted the vanilla extract & orange zest. It still turned out fine. It was a bit sweet but the Hubby says leave it as is. I used 3 medium sized sweet potatoes (about 1 pound) and i had a little bit of filling left over so I baked it in a small ramekin and used it as a "taste tester."

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2014
Overnight Coffee Cake
I made this recipe for Sunday breakfast. I made it before and the topping was a bit "gritty." This time around I substituted a basic "crumb topping" of 1/4 cup baking mix (like Bisquick), 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon of cold butter and a handful of chopped pecans. Delicious!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2014
Sweet Restaurant Slaw
I must agree with others that the dressing was a bit too sweet. I used an olive oil based mayonnaise with black pepper in place of the "creamy salad dressing." I think next time I will reduce the sugar and half the dressing or double the cabbage.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2014

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