Gen Profile - (18201319)

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Home Town: Golden State, California, USA
Living In: Eastern, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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1st Brain Surgery - Craniotomy Fenestration
2nd Brain Surgery - CP Shunt Placement
What happens when a 5 y/o gets the camera? He takes a picture of his mama!!!
About this Cook
I'm an advocate for my son who has been diagnosed with 3 neurological disorders; arachnoid cyst, hydrocephalus and syringomyelia. I want everyone to know about my son's story because he was misdiagnosed and even accused of pretending to be in pain! No family should have to go through what we've endured. He's had 2 major brain surgeries and more for shunt revisions. His symptoms are real and debilitating. He acquired syringomyelia due to the delay in treatment and the complications from his first surgery that almost killed him. He had vision issues from his arachnoid cyst for the most part has been reversed since treatment. His cyst also affects the area of his brain that controls the ability to process, sequence and recall verbal information. He will only be able to gain back some of this functioning and will continue to struggle in this area. My entire life is devoted to helping families going through the same thing we did while seeking treatment.
My favorite things to cook
I like all foods and love to try new things. Ever since my son has been affected by his neurological disorders we have switched from cow milk products to alternatives and cut out some of the gluten intake. Ever since then my son has fewer onsets from his syringomyelia.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Starting a new traditions, no cow milk products. I put turmeric in almost everything I cook to help with inflammation. My goal is to become more self sufficient and be able to grow all the food for my family. I'm raising my first flock of 7 chickens and 3 ducks, and want to be a full fledged urban homesteader.
My cooking triumphs
Making gluten free recipes that taste just as good as your "regular" recipes.
My cooking tragedies
My brother came to visit and I was so excited to be able to cook FRESH eggs for the first time, we've never had them before. So I'm cracking the eggs and we're comparing how much brighter the yolk is and clearer the whites are, then I crack one open that doesn't quite plop right in the bowl, the whites are cloudy , I look and there's veins on the side of the shell! Gross! I'm a city girl, trying to get used to a "country" way of life...
Recipe Reviews 59 reviews
Squash Pie
I've used this recipe many times with hopi squash from my garden. I made a deep dish pie in a spring form pan, baked the pie crust for 15 minutes. I added an 8 oz package of cream cheese for the filling then ended up baking the pie for 1 hour & 20 minutes. This is a recipe I keep in my pantry with all the other recipes I use often.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2013
Absolute Best Pancake Syrup
cut the sugar in 1/2 and it tastes like vanilla ice cream

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2012
Banana Crumb Muffins
I turned this into gluten free muffins using 1/2 tapioca flour and 1/2 sorghum flour - they turned out AMAZING. I added more cinnamon and "apple pie spice" to the batter, also, I cut the sugar down because my family likes dried fruit and nuts in the bread. Great recipe, will make this

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2012
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