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Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Living In: Ashville, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I love to cook! My mother was (of course) the second best cook in the world,(second only to my grandmother). I learned so much from her. I am a southern cook, which does NOT mean I put sugar in everything!, I am so taken back when I see recipes that say "southern style" and they are full of sugar!! Where do they get that?!?! I learned how to cook at an early age and learned that you don't have to be fancy to be good. My grandmother could make a meal out of practically nothing!.. I will never foget the best meal I have ever eaten! My grandmother made fried pork chops, fried potatos and warmed pork and beans. Of course it had a lot to do with the fact that my grandmother made it, but I had and still haven't had anything any better since! My husband always said my mother was a better cook than me, but after 21 years of marraige, he says that I am just as good, it just comes from experience.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook holiday meals, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. My specialties are cornbread and cornbread dressing along with spaghetti, chili, chicken casserole and all the southern favorites, like beans and greens. I love to bake as well. My favorite cake to bake is my "Famous Fig Cake" which is a great cake to make and give at Christmas time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
During the holidays I really get into high gear, Thanksgiving traditions are to have the family in the kitchen helping me chop onions and celery for the dressing, and chopping nuts for the sweet potato casserole and cakes and pies. I like to have the family pick out the recipes they would most like to have. However, it seems that the menu does not change from year to year. They love my dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole,fried corn, rice and an array of cakes and pies. I don't mind tho, I just love the fact that they love my cooking! The tradition I love the most tho, is having the family together helping and enjoying themselves, filling the house with laughter. We all tell what we are thankful for and at Christmas time, we like to remember the things that made last Christmas special and try to top it this year!
My cooking triumphs
This is easy! My triumph was when my family thought that my potato soup was as good as my mothers! It may seem strange, but Potato Soup is one of my families favorite things. It is a comfort food, and we love it on cold winter days as well as all through the year. My mother always made it when either she was feeling tired or just too busy to prepare a full meal, funny tho, how it seemed to be the favorite thing to have. She was very simple about it, no extras like I see in other recipes. Just honest to goodness potatoness!!!
My cooking tragedies
Ha Ha, that would be burning bread!!!! I am famous for getting involved with getting everything on the table and just right and forgetting the rolls or garlic bread and burning it!!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Crunchy Turkey Salad
I have been using a recipe very similar to this for years. It is a very good salad. I like to add halved red grapes to it when using red apples and green grapes when using granny smith apples. I often use chicken in place of the turkey. I love it in Pita or wraps.

29 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2005
Hummingbird Cake I
I had been wanting to make this cake for a while, so I was happy to find the recipe. I read the reviews first and noticed a lot of others thought reducing the oil was a good idea. I wanted to use apple sauce instead of oil anyway, so I thought I would use 1 to 1 1/4 cups apple sauce in place of the oil. I however, only had 3/4 cup apple sauce so I used it and also added 1/4 cup oil. I used 3 9" pans instead of the bundt pan as well, then frosted it with cream cheese frosting and pressed additional nuts into the frosting. The cake turned out wonderful, got a lot of compliments. But next time I will use 1 1/4 cups apple sauce and no oil. This will cut down on the fat and makes for a very moist and tasty cake.

63 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2005
Sweet Potato Casserole II
I have been serving this casserole for several years. It turns all my non sweet potato eaters into lovers!! I too have added cinnimon and nutmeg to the recipe and it only adds to the flavor. My entire family insists this be served at all holiday dinners and beg for it all year long, it is so simple I don't mind preparing it upon request!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2005

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