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Home Town: Fort Mcclellan, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I grew up on mostly frozen fish sticks, tater tots, corn dogs, and hamburger helper. The times when we actually had a homecooked meal were awesome, and I remember it felt so normal and all American. I have a little girl now, and I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home mom, and I love setting the table at the end of the day and all of us sitting down to a meal I've cooked. I'm not that great at it, being that I've not tried too many recipes. I got soooooooooooo bored cooking the same old things over and over, so I went on a hunt and found this site. I'm excited and can't wait to try so many of the recipes I've found already!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that involves lots of fresh vegetables. I love the smell of the veggies as I'm peeling and chopping them, and it makes me feel all wholesome. Plus my significant other is Texan, so he's all meat and potatoes. I've GOT to find some other ways to cook the same ingredients!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father's side of the family is originally from up north, so I've got a few recipes from the New England style of cooking, and I find that's a nice change from Southern style food, which is mostly what I make. I don't think there's anything better than a table full of pintos, okra, squash, cornbread and fried potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
So far, I haven't had anything that I would call a triumph. I do alright, but plan to get much much better.
My cooking tragedies
I decided one day to try making homemade fudge. I mean, come on, how hard could it be??? I vaguely remember something about "soft ball stage", and I took it off the eye to let it cool for a minute, and when I pulled it out of the pot to spread into a pan, it all came out in one big hard hump! I set it on a plate, having no clue what to do, and forgot about it. Well, it dried to the plate! My brother spent about 30 minutes prying it off the plate, then took it outside and shattered it into a thousand pieces against a tree. Yes, it shattered exactly like glass! I was humiliated, and have never tried fudge again. I won't, either!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
Looking for ultra simple recipes for my crockpot, I came across this one and gave it a try today. Both my onion hating 7 yr old and my irritatingly picky Texan hubby loved it! I did add the au jus, and topped the sandwiches with a slice of swiss cheese. Excellent recipe! And oh, so simple!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2005
Southwest Stew
Tried this tonight and everyone loved it. I changed it a bit, because we like spicier food. I used a whole jar of Sam's Black bean and corn salsa, taco seasoning, rotel tomatoes, green chilies and lime, and added also 1 tbs lime juice and 1 tsp oregano. I used a liberal dose of red pepper sauce as well. I also tripled the amount of garlic (we REALLY like garlic). We didn't like the cheese on top, it made the soup gooey and stringy. All in all, I'll definately make it again.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2004
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