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Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Cooking is fairly new for me, although I have lots of cookbooks and love reading them. I am also a huge Food Network fan, except when football is on! Maybe I am just a food addict! I think my many years of reading about food and watching cooking shows gave me a leg up as I began to cook more and more. My cooking is growing from simple, go to dishes to more extravagant faire. I can be pretty creative and am not afraid to modify a recipe based on personal tastes. Being on AR and, especially the Recipe Buzz, has also helped me to expand my cooking. I am very glad I found this great network of cooks who are willing to share!
My favorite things to cook
Until recently, I have generally cooked fairly easy dishes, but am starting to try more complicated recipes. I am comfortable with Mexican and Italian food and want to start trying more Asian and Indian recipes. The last few years, I have started cooking more and now tend to look at a bunch of different recipes, then combine ideas to make my own. Because of my obsession with food, I have realized that I really like to cook. I finally have a hobby that I can do on a regular basis!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom did not cook very often and I wasn't exposed to cooking much as a kid. My brother and I ate a lot of TV dinners. When mom wanted to treat us, she took us out to eat! Our extended family all lived 3000 miles away, but when we visited, Grandmama always made black eyed peas, lima beans, rice and collard greens. Yum! My grandfather also made his special chili - it was very sweet, so sweet that I have never tasted another one quite like it! He loved to make it for us and we would always rant and rave. When I was about 19, I remember my other grandmother (who was also a good southern cook and loved bacon and tomato sandwiches) saying, "Honey, you really don't know a thing about cooking, do you?!" I now cook for my mom sometimes and will start my own traditions!
My cooking triumphs
I am recently most happy with the Backwards Prime Rib (from Ken in CA's personal recipes). It really was delicious! I do make great roasted Cornish Game Hens. I use those cute little hen roasters I got from a restaurant I worked at a long time ago. They were famous for their Prime Rib and a cook once showed me how they made their sauteed zucchini (I told you I didn't know much back then). I remember making it for a date and being so proud!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made collard greens, I added too much bacon and put soup base in it too! So salty and yucky, I threw it out. I had to try again a week later 'cause I was still craving it - done the right way!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Spinach Brownies
Delicious! I have tried this before, as is, and it was very good. This time, I think it's excellent! By necessity, I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. Yes, I was nervous, but it worked great! I only used 1/4 cup butter, softened, not melted. I added sautéed diced onions, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and garlic; these I had cooked the day before in EVOO, pulled out of the frig while preparing the recipe and added when I added the spinach. I also added garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper and red pepper flakes. I cooked about a half pound of bacon and crumbled it in at the end. I sautéed baby spinach (pkg. was only 5 oz. but with other veggies, it was fine)until just wilted, in a tiny bit of the leftover bacon grease. I used about 6 oz. shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese blend. After 30 minutes, I added thinly sliced provolone and a handful of grated fresh parmesan to the top. Then baked it 8 more minutes. Made a great breakfast! I just hope it's half as good this week to take for lunches. I will definitely make this again to share - or not, lol. Thank you for the recipe, Bowlingnut.

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Reviewed On: May 18, 2014
Janet's Rich Banana Bread
Fantastic! I just made two loaves and ate almost half of one of them myself! So good; I obviously couldn't stop eating it! I already gave some to the neighbors and they loved it, too. I did add a tsp. of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (per loaf) plus I used almost three frozen bananas each that I thawed first. Oh, and I used half brown sugar and half white. This banana bread will be my go to for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2014
Red Cabbage Slaw
Oh my goodness! I had to force myself to quit eating this and I just made it (and haven't even added the walnuts yet)! I knew I was going to like this recipe, but I love it! I was being greedy, so, I used about 2/3 cup mayo, 3 tbsp. vinegar, 1 tbsp. sugar and 2/3-3/4 cup cranberries, plus lots of pepper. Yum! Yum! If I can stay out of it, I'll add the nuts tomorrow, so they don't get soft in the frig overnight. I hope I didn't mess it up by adding too much dressing, esp. after it sits, lol, but it sure tastes good right now! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, AuntE

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2014
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