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Home Town: Midway, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Chuckey, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert
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About this Cook
When I was five years old I got down every container of spice my mother had and was tasting them. She came in and started scolding me and my grandmother walked in behind her and said "now Florence, don't yell at her. If she doesn't taste them how will she ever learn which ones to use for what. That began my love both of cooking and of spices and herbs. Not to mention that in that moment my grandmother was elevated to the status of sainthood in this little girl's eyes. Since that day, you couldn't keep me out of the kitchen with a stick.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making breads and baked things most of all. Cakes, brownies,casseroles, roasts. I also have a knack for gravy and make various kinds often.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Staying up all night the day before Thanksgiving and slow cooking the Turkey while putting the rest of the meal together.
My cooking triumphs
My first time making the Thanksgiving turkey for my family of eight and guests at the age of thirteen. Winning first and second place in the 4-h banana bread contest. I had baked both loaves at the same time from the same batter and let my sister enter the spare loaf because she begged me. My brand new Chedder beer bread that I made up entirely. Oh man, is it good!
My cooking tragedies
A pot of pinto beans that I cooked for three days and they were still as hard as rocks. The first time I made sugar cookies and someone had dumped self rising flour in the regular flour bin, so they spread all over the cookie sheet in a thin brown shell.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cherry Nut Muffins
I made bars instead of muffins and used both fresh sour pie cherries and home canned cherries off the same tree drained well. My family loved them. The texture was actually better when I hand mixed the ingredients just until blended than when I used a mixer to cream the butter and sugar.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2011
Crackle Thins
My husband really liked this and they were fairly easy to make. I had to add some extra flour to make it pull together, but the result was a nice dry cracker with a mild flavor. On the second dough ball I worked in some garlic and onion powder and it was even better.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 2, 2011
Easiest Focaccia Recipe
I am a fairly experienced bread maker, but this was my first attempt at foccaccia. I read all the reviews and did add a tsp of salt and one of oil to the dough as well as about 3 tbsp of herbs and garlic. It turned out fantastic. My husband and I sat down and ate the whole batch with butter hot out of the oven. It was the easiest bread I have ever made. I used my kitchen-aide stand mixer so there was no mess at all. I wish everything in life was this easy and this good. A giant hug to Morticia for a new family favorite.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2011
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