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Jody Ballard

Jody Ballard
Home Town: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
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Member Since: Nov. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Cooking is a relaxing hobby for me, although I am not very good at creating new recipes on my own. I am only interested in healthy cooking, but also try to find recipes that are rated as comfort food, filling, and kid-approved. Between WW and, I've lost 20 pounds since Sept 2010 and brought my BMI from obese to almost healthy. I've been a member of Allrecipes for ten years and love all of the enhancements they rollout every year.
My favorite things to cook
My three styles of cooking: Quick, easy throw-togethers that can be served as a soup, stew, or casserole. BBQ - either on my gas grill or Big Green Egg. Slow Cooker Prefer poultry, whole grains, and lots of vegetables, but also love lean pork and beef on occasion. I leave all of the baking to my talented local daughter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in the South, but my parents were from the Midwest. Although I envied my friends that were eating such delicious fried food, I am now glad that my mother was still roasting, braising, broiling and baking our meals. Now that me, my kids, and grandchild have lived in Florida for decades, our taste have changed considerably from my parents'. We prefer much spicier food and rely more on beans, rice, and tropical fruits and veggies. They prefer Asian-inspired food, and I favor Hispanic recipes. It makes a happy blend for all of us. Christmas and Thanksgiving is still totally traditional and includes all of the favorites passed down from generations.
My cooking triumphs
Haven't really found one yet, but my family does demand my Big Green Egg Pork Butt at least twice a year.
My cooking tragedies
Two that I can recall: #1 - Big dinner that required two full pans of Lasagna. Dropped one pan completely overturned on the (freshly mopped) floor prior to guest arriving. With help from my brother, scooped and ladled the entire dish back into the pan and served it. #2 - In honor of visiting Midwest family, made a traditional Low Country Boil, but misread salt and used TBSP instead of TSP. With the help of an aunt, peeled and boiled five pounds of potatoes to remove the extra salt.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes
Thank you so much for sharing a Buttermilk Pancake recipe that is exactly like my Grandma's. My ten+ years of searching is finally over. TIP: Make more than you need. When the pancakes are cool, toss them in the fridge or freezer. Hungry? Throw a couple in the toaster. YUM

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2014
Easy Baked Tilapia
I don't cook fish as much as I should, especially since tilapia is always a bargain here in FL, but this easy recipe has convinced me to try it more often. I did not have Old Bay, but used Mrs. Dash Spicy Blend. Poured a couple TBS of canola in the 13X9, tossed the fish fillets, sprinkled liberally with the Spicy Dash (salt-free), lightly sprinkled w/sea salt, and covered the fillets completely with thin slices of a fresh lemon. Filled in all remaining space in the pan with frozen mixed vegs (chopped broc, red/yellow sweet peppers, zucchini) and dotted them with butter. Covered and baked at 375 for 40 mins while brown rice was cooking. Absolutely awesome and healthy meal. I had leftovers tonight and that was equally as good. This will be a weekly meal for my house.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2012
Rich Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
This is 5-Star Restaurant kind of Gravy! The only reason that I'm giving this a 4 instead of a 5 is because you need to change your recipe description to warn that this isn't for beginning cooks. The instructions nor ingredients aren't difficult, but this took me (an ntermediate cook) over four hours, and five pots/pans/bowls, to complete. Scrumptious! Delicous! Best ever gravy! But a LOT of work.

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2010

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