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Home Town: Hemet, California, USA
Living In: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I was born and raised in California, then met my boyfriend on the Internet and moved to Texas in 2004 to be with him and his teenaged son (aka "The World's Pickiest Eater"). I always considered myself "non-domestic" but I guess Texas has brought out the homemaker in me; now I am really into cooking, decorating and learning crafts. Our budget is very tight, so as a way to help control that, I started cooking everything at home, and that grew into an interest in really learning to cook well. Then I found this site... so here I am!
My favorite things to cook
Baking has always been my favorite. I am now learning more about other things, but I still seem to have the best successes with baked goods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None, really. Although my grandmother was an incredible intuitive cook (no written recipes, dang it), she lived in Oklahoma and I lived in California and I never really got to spend much time with her. My mother did not enjoy cooking so it was very quick and simple when I was growing up. So, I am having to create my own traditions, now.
My cooking triumphs
I did an Easter brunch for my boyfriend's family last year that included grilled lamb chops, asparagus, individual baked eggs in ham crisps, various baked goodies, fruit cups with yogurt, shrimp cocktail with homemade cocktail sauce and a double chocolate Italian cheesecake! Whew! It was fun and I got major raves.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing in particular, so far. I'm sure something will happen as I try harder things!
Recipe Reviews 127 reviews
Balsamic Tortellini
I did this with steak instead of bacon, because that's what I had on hand and it was still pretty tasty, and a quick and filling meal. We used a high quality, aged balsamic vinegar which was the star in this - don't go cheap on the vinegar, as it makes the dish!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2011
Banana Crumb Muffins
I did this exactly as described, except I did them as mini muffins. This is a good basic banana muffin recipe, but I did not find it to be anything new or unusual. The crumb is nice, but kinda overpowers the banana flavor. The banana flavor was nonexistent just after baking, but developed overnight and was better the next day.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2009
Caramel Bars
These have potential, but I think they need a little work. Tasty and rich, but the bottoms were greasy from so much butter. I thought the caramel flavor was lost in the chocolate. Next time, I would lessen the butter, leave out the chocolate and probably add a bit more nuts. Also, I would use a smaller pan to get thicker bars.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2008

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