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Home Town: Downey, California, USA
Living In: Batesville, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Italian Cups
Skillet Coffeecake
Suummmertiiiiime,and the livin' is easy.
About this Cook
I enjoy travel as does my wife. We are both teachers. I love Mexico and Hispanic culture in general. I grew up in a home that was grits as well as gourmet.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Mexican; home cooking and Southern favorites. Recently, low-fat and light dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father always made gourmet specialties at home on the weekends as a hobby; between him and Graham Kerr on "The Galloping Gourmet" on television, we kids never thought guys couldn't or shouldn't cook. Hospitality to me is the most important tradition. I am most happy when having people over, preparing a specialty that's new or old in tandem with my wife. We also enjoy using my mother's black iron skillets from 1946; keeping alive my dad's flair for finding the dramatic and different in recipes to try out.
My cooking triumphs
Developing a quick version of the Mexican dessert Pastel Tres Leches; the first time I successfully prepared Champurrado, a drink made from masa, Mexican chocolate and sugar; finally learning how to make biscuits the right way; serving the ever-popular (in Arkansas) Mexican chicken to my mother from the West and having her rave about it.
My cooking tragedies
Bringing some wassail to an office gathering at Christmas and not taking out orange and lemon peels--a bitter experience.
Recipe Reviews 59 reviews
Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese
Overall, a good recipe that I hope to make again. A few problems with the recipe itself: sprinkle with the bread crumbs before baking for 20 minutes in the oven. It will brown up nicely. Newer cooks might not know this the way the recipe is written. Also, I was not about to purchase expensive American cheese loaf(Velveeta) and open it for just two ounces when I can grate up fresh Parmesan cheese to add with the Cheddar cheese. I used cream instead of milk and increased the garlic to a teaspoon. I also used bell pepper from a jar and thick-cut bacon and wide egg noodles. This was not necessarily an "easy" weeknight. But when my wife took the first bite, she said it was absolutely delicious. She was delighted and the flavor punch of bacon and the pepper really gave a traditional standby a nice twist. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's leftovers.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2013
Quick and Easy Pizza Crust
Outstanding recipe. My results were perfect the first time. I followed a reviewer's advice and added about a tablespoon of Italian herbs and garlic powder to the flour when mixing ingredients. I found this recipe when I had forgotten to buy a pre-made crust at the store. When it's this easy and fresh, no reason not to have homemade.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2013
Easy Weeknight Creamy Chicken Alfredo
Tasty and easy to put together. I wondered, though, if it might be just as easy to make an sauce from scratch. But it was convenient, uncomplicated, and good.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2013
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