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Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Living In: Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have loved to cook since I was a little girl. At one point, I had made up my mind to go to culinary arts school - but life kicked into overdrive and never got the chance to. But I've been cooking at least 2 to 3 meals a day for the past 24 years. I've tried everything at least once it seems like. I'm not that picky - I just stay away from green bell peppers. I do like the other colors - the green ones are just too overpowering to me. I joined this when I was still working as a landscape designer. Now I'm on Social Security Disability - I can cook whenever I feel like it now, no matter what time of the day! LOL. Most every recipe I have tried from here has been great. I also love the two cookbooks I have of theirs! I have one 20+ son who also likes to cook (I'm going to take the credit for that). I would love to see him go to culinary arts school since I never made it there. You can find me on here, pinterest, facebook, myspace and twitter. Happy Cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook everything!! Meat, vegetables, desserts, pasta, etc. Just not those disgusting green bell peppers! LOL (but I will always replace it with a red or orange one!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hhmmm.....I'm not sure about that. My mother never LOVED cooking. She did it because, obviously, she had to. She fries alot of things, which I don't do. I'm not a big fan of frying much of anything. Okay, Okay....potatoes, but who doesn't like them cooked that way? ;) My mother makes the best beef stroganoff on earth in my eyes. She also makes an incredibly old recipe for a raisin cream pie that will knock your socks off - and I don't even like raisins! But that pie is my favorite! She refers to her cooking as country cooking. Not that I don't like that - I'm just not limited to that. I'm more adventurous when trying any new foods or style of cooking.
My cooking triumphs
Well, I'm pretty much known for my Italian cooking (even though, I'm not Italian - I'm native american!). My friends used to come over once a month for a girls night and I'd have the entire meal, from appetizer to dessert under control. I also make some ridiculously good muffins and considered opening up my own shop at one time. I love muffins. You can throw a variety of things into them to create all different flavors - from savory to sweet!
My cooking tragedies
Well, the only thing I can think of right now (and I'm sure there's been tons more, I'm just drawing a blank right now) - is when I first got married. I couldn't flip a pancake and I would always mess up hamburger helper (how could someone DO THAT? Well, I did). My cooking abilities have came from many years of using recipes and cookbooks. I'm glad I'm not reliant on that anymore, but I still enjoy looking at all the delicious sounding and looking foods! :)
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Special Italian Meat
The first time I made this, I was looking for a recipe for stew meat. I followed the directions except i used about 3/4 cup cabernet savignon instead of sherry. I served it over egg noodles and it was DELICIOUS. The second and third time I made it, instead of using beef stew meat, I used a venison roast I had cut into cubes that had been sitting in milk for a few days. OMG! It was soooo DELICIOUS, you couldn't even tell that it was made with venison. It was a good way to use the venison roasts I had in my freezer. Plan on making it again tonight. But I do recommend using 3/4 cup of a good cabernet savignon instead of the sherry. The wine gives the gravy a nice deep flavor and using 3/4 cup increases the amount of gravy to pour over the noodles. Great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2014
Italian Sausage Soup
I've been making this soup since seeing it in the allrecipes cookbook back in 2005. I usually double the recipe because everyone in my family LOVES this soup, plus I want plenty of leftovers. I never have measured the spinach when I make it - I always just use 2 bags (since I double the recipe) of fresh baby spinach. It seems like a lot but it's soooooo good! I'll serve this with some kind of hard roll, so you can get up all the juice from this delicious soup! It's not my recipe, but my family considers it one of my soup recipes since I make it so much! Definitely recommend it to EVERYONE!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2013
Easy Cranberry Orange Relish
I've had this homemade relish every Thanksgiving as long as I remember. I've never tried it with cinnamon in it, however, my family chops and adds alot of pecans. Someone suggested I try it using a dry pkg of strawberry jello. I didn't like that so much. I just prefer the cranberry, orange, sugar and pecan version! :)

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 3, 2012
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