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DitzyDame


DitzyDame
 
Home Town: California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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Egg Rolls
Fondant TeddyBear
Adam's cake
Present cake
Baby Shower cake
About this Cook
My mother is a Southern cook and loves to prepare classic Southern dishes. She had a certain set of recipes she prepared on a regular basis. She didn't stray too far from her comfort zone. I on the other hand love to cook a large variety of dishes from different ethnicities. My husband is of Hispanic and Irish decent... so there is some contrast in the dishes I prepare in order to bring back fond childhood memories of favorite meals. My husband and I are also foster parents so we have children in our home who, sometimes, are the most picky eaters. One of the challenges I face daily is to incorporate veggies into their daily meals. I often find myself hiding veggies in fruit shakes. I've become the queen of fruit smoothies... don't tell the kids there are veggies in that drink ;-)
My favorite things to cook
Mexican all the way baby!! I'm known for my chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice. I discovered the best way to make rice for myself and my husband. It's funny how we sometimes get set in our ways and make certain dishes a certain way. I love rice and make it A LOT. My favorite rice now is simply white rice cooked in vegetable broth. That's it! I love the flavor the broth gives and it's so low in calories. I used to use chicken broth for so many recipes until I tried plain old vegetable broth. It's healthy, cheap and easy to make in the crockpot. My husband is a chicken freak. He prefers chicken over any other meat so I often find myself tweaking recipes to use chicken in place of beef or pork. Our first year of marriage was difficult since I loved steak and wanted to prepare it weekly. I now have a greater appreciation for chicken and rarely cook beef or pork. If I want a good steak... that's what restaurants are for ;-)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents loved to entertain and often opened our home to large groups of people for casual meals. My parents home was quite large and incorporated a large dining room into social gatherings. I also remember going to my grandparents home where all my extended family (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc.) would gather on Friday nights and enjoy a great home cooked meal. It was something we all anticipated throughout the week. I also remember my grandmother making homemade chicken and noodles. She would roll out her noodles paper thin and cook them in a creamy sauce as she fried her chicken. She also made the best biscuits. My Grandfather's nickname for her was, "My little biscuit maker."
My cooking triumphs
Mexican rice!!! My mother-in-law makes an awesome Mexican rice and I struggled with making a rice comparable to hers. Although my rice still is not identical to hers... I think I make it better now, lol! Another triumph would be cake decorating. I took the Wilton Cake Decorating classes and can finally make my cakes look as delicious as they taste. The secret is practice, practice, practice!
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm... this is a hard one... I used to say fudge, but I FINALLY mastered that one. I guess I would consider my cooking tragedy today to be the current state of our economy. If I had the financial means to be able to purchase the ingredients to make all the dishes I love I'd be a happy woman, lol. Unfortunately, money is limited and often I find myself making concessions in favor of cheaper ingredients or just preparing inexpensive quick meals. The only positive thing about living in these rough economic times is that when I am able to splurge on ingredients I make memorable meals my husband and I consider romantic ;-)
Recipe Reviews 59 reviews
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
someone else mentioned how they often skipped over this recipe because it sounded too simple. I must admit I did the same thing. I would go to the most labor intensive chili recipe on this site and toil over the stove to make an awesome meal for my family. I finally tried this recipe about 4 years ago and was so happy with the end result. Not only was it delicious, but it was so simple!! This is now my "go to" chili recipe and we look forward to the cold winter months when I will cook it often. Thanks Ded for sharing such a treasure with us!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2012
Broccoli Chicken Divan
This was awesome... I changed it up a little but have made it as written also. My recommendations would be to use Bear Creek cheesy broccoli soup mix made per directions on package and add a little cooked rice for a more hearty meal... or I've even placed the rice on my plate and served the broccoli chicken divan over it. Yum!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2012
Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole
I've made this a few times and enjoy it. I do however make some changes at this point. I don't really care for the cream soups so I omit them and use sour cream in their place. I sometimes use left over rice that has already been cooked and omit the water as well. This is one of those recipes where pretty much anything will work. I add some taco seasoning to the chicken as it cooks (along with onion) and add my salsa or rotel and let it simmer until the juices evaporate some. This makes a great burrito filling as well.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2010
 
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