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Living In: West Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I am a 30-something mom of two, and I love to cook because I love to eat. My kids, 6 and 8, have pretty good eating habits and are willing to try new things, so I get to play and experiment in the kitchen quite a bit. I'm working on my kitchen equipment collection and am in love with a new saute pan I just got--it's got 2 handles instead of one long one! I can't believe how beautifully it cooks. Next, I'm looking for the perfect sharp knife.
My favorite things to cook
I'll try just about anything, and I'm really into healthy stuff that tastes good. (This means I get LOTS of flops.) I'm just exploring the low-carb after happily finding that it helps me drop a few pounds when I'm watching it. That said, I'm also a sugar addict and have an affinity for cookies and anything caramel-covered. I'm good baker because of it. (Anyone see a problem here?)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make homemade candy and caramelcorn for gifts at Christmas. My mom started it when she was broke in the 70's. I'm usually broke, so...
My cooking triumphs
Killer mac n' cheese, honed from many, many tested recipes. A really good chili, but it's never the same twice. Delicious smoothies and other blender drinks. (Is that really "cooking"?) Hopefully, scrumptious candy, or I'll have to find a different gift. (See above.)
My cooking tragedies
I've made some of the worst food ever cooked. My family would concur.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Banana Crunch Cake
This is spectacular! I took some advice from other posts and added 50% more banana. I also used half shortening, half butter in the cake. It was moist, caramel-y, crunchy and delicious. It would be a terrific coffee cake, too.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2005
Broccoli Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
I lightened this up by using half the pasta (vermicelli) and nearly tripling the chopped broccoli. I also took others' advice and threw a big garlic clove in with the chicken. It came out super creamy and delicious. My kids inhaled it. A keeper!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2005
Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies
I've used shortening, butter, and/or margarine in cookies, but never oil. Maybe that's why these turned out to be DELICIOUS!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2005

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