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Home Town: Southern, California, USA
Living In: Central, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love to cook and have been boiling and toiling since the tender age of six. Having raised a son as a single-parent, while simultaneously putting myself through college, I had to come up with a collection of easy, fool-proof, freezable recipes. I've been creating and collecting delicious recipes for over 30 years now and, with the help of this great website, I continue to add to my skills and recipe box.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook large, but I've lately begun to experiment with different cooking mediums. I recently purchased an electric smoker and an indoor grill and I'm LOVING the versatility they offer. From smoked beef jerky to turkey legs that melt off the bone, as well as healthy grilled veggies, I'm in cuisine heaven!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've always cooked a huge spread for Thanksgiving, even when it was only for my son and me. I say every year that I'm not going to do it again (because I'm always exhausted, afterwards) but I always look forward to it. This past holiday season, I experimented with several new recipes that I found on this site and took in an entire "munchie spread" for my co-workers. They continue to praise me to this day and it will now be an annual tradition for me, as I LOVE to share the results of my cooking with others.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made strawberry rhubarb jam it was perfect. I picked the berries at a "pick your own" farm and actually grew the rhubarb in my backyard. I was so proud of myself! I also love to see that look of enjoyment and satisfaction on the faces of my friends when they bite into something I've cooked...especially when they beg for the recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I once made a meatloaf with ground turkey and the finished product was disgusting! It was bland and dry. I've yet to find a good turkey meatloaf recipe, though I love cooking other recipes with ground turkey. There's something very soothing about that tryptophan!
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
This is a great base for a slow cooker turkey chili. If you omit the red pepper flakes and replace one can of the tomato soup with a can of tomatoes with green chilis, this recipe is VERY kid friendly. When I want a more spicy version (I love spicy food!), I only add between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoons of the red pepper flakes. An entire teaspoon simmering all day in a slow cooker will blow out your sinuses! In addition to the black beans, I also used both dark and light red kidney beans to make it more festive. This recipe is a keeper in my recipe box. Thanks!

597 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2008
Annie's Turkey Salad
Delicious! This recipe is very similar to my tuna salad recipe, except for the eggs, but the eggs make it very similar to my potato salad recipe...a perfect combination of ingredients for a yummy change of pace. I bet this would be equally as good using leftover chicken! A keeper and I have saved to my recipe box, as I'll be making again and again...thanks!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2007
Apple Maple Crumble Pie
Simple and sensational! I had five apples to use or they were going to go bad. I used two Grannie Smith's and three Red Delicious (which worked great in this recipe, even though they are often not good for baking). I didn't have real maple syrup, so I used Smucker's Breakfast Syrup, which is made with Splenda. I sliced the apples thin, mixed with the syrup, combined the ingredients for the topping, then spread it on top of the apples. Baked a little longer to get the topping nice and golden brown. The house smelled heavenly and my brother and I enjoyed our autumn treat after dinner with big dollups of vanilla bean ice cream. This recipe is a definite keeper!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2007
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