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Afrika M

Afrika M
Home Town: Willingboro, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Voorhees, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Blog...  3 posts
Jul. 17, 2012 10:13 am 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2012 7:08 am
I will be getting married in 46 days...this single mother of 3 will become a married mother of 5, but the oldest is going off to college next month. So needless┬áto say the next month and a half will be hectic and emotional. I think my deepest concern is the differences our families have when… MORE
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Tags:  Family, Lifestyle
From The Blog:  With 6 You Get Eggroll
About this Cook
I am a recently married mother of 5 active children. We are on the go alot and I like to feed them good, healthy home cooked meals. I can't afford (health-wise or pocketbook) to eat fast food all week.
My favorite things to cook
I am always looking for recipes with garlic. I love garlic! Chopping garlic after a long day at work soothes me. I like to try new recipes. Any kind of recipe, appetizers, main dishes - crab dip, lasagne, spaghetti and homemade meatballs, garlic bread, salmon, taco name it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family doesn't really have any cooking traditions. I am trying to start some. My mother's food was always bland and my father's food was always too salty. I am trying to find that happy medium, where I don't have to use salt, but other spices that will make the dish flavorful but not salty.
My cooking triumphs
I am most happy when I make something (anything) that pleases the kids enough that they gobble it up. Most recently, I made Jambalaya, two versions: Spicy and not so spicy. Everybody loved it!
My cooking tragedies
I tend to take bits and pieces from different recipes and use what I have on hand from each recipe. They always come out tasty, but I forget to write down what I used from which recipe and then when I go to make that item again, I have to start all over! Ugh!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
I had to double this for my large family, which was easy to do. I couldn't find file powder, so that is the only ingredient missing. I did add shrimp in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Turned out great. Every one loved it!!! Will definitely make it again.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2012
Brown Sugar Smokies
I've made these twice. Both times for a party. They were a big hit on both occasions. Both times I sliced the package of bacon in half and then rolled the sausages in a half piece of bacon. They fit perfectly, not too much excess bacon and there was no need for a toothpick. The other thing I did, by accident, was I left the wrapped sausages in a bag of brown sugar overnight. The sugars adhered to the bacon and then cooked up really nicely. I don't know if that makes any difference whatsoever. Anyway, excellent party fare.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2011
Buffalo Chicken Dip
I substituted crumbled blue cheese for the ranch dressing. Gives it a little more kick. Delicious! my kids beg me to make this!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2011
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