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Home Town: Palm Springs, California, USA
Living In: Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I am a Navy wife and a mother to 3 girls ages 10, 3 and 5 months! I am currently a nursing student as well and will one day become a nurse anesthetist. With my husband being in the Navy, we move around quite a bit, but honestly, I don't mind. I think it is fun and you get to meet lots of new people! I enjoy cooking a lot but it hasn't always been this way. I think because my husband loves my food, that it has become more of a joy than a chore. My husband and I like to cook "gourmet" once a week together to learn some new techniques and enjoy different types of food. My favorite thing to do though is bake. I have been doing it by myself since I was 10 years old. I learned a lot of what I know from my grandma! I think I enjoy it even more though, because I have quite the sweet tooth. Baked goods always make everyone happy :o)
My favorite things to cook
Tortilla soup, chocolate chip cookies, casseroles, chicken/pasta dishes, tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches (with many different varieties of cheeses - no american slices here), Mexican food because I just happen to be good at it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking as a child with my grandmother. I loved this growing up and she instilled the love of baking into me. I am just starting this tradition with my 10-year-old daughter.
My cooking triumphs
I can't really say though I am quite pleased that my husband thinks I am a great cook - I never really thought of myself as this!
My cooking tragedies
The fondant recipe on this site - Oh gosh! This was a nightmare in everything that came with it. I also am not too good at making any sort of dough product whether it be breads, pie crusts, etc. I have no idea why, but I can never seem to get it down right. I tried the "Diners' Drive-in's and Dive's cookbook "Blue Ribbon Cinnamon Roles" and even with using my KitchenAid, turned out into a huge mess and the most doughy rolls I have ever had - YUCK! It seemed easy but apparently I don't have a knack for yeast doughs or pie crusts. Hopefully done day though....
Recipe Reviews 38 reviews
Easy Decadent Truffles
I thought this recipe was great and super easy to make. We rolled ours in nuts, unsweetened chocolate powder and sprinkles. They turned out wonderfully and our guests enjoyed them!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2009
Chicken Scampi II
This is a great recipe. I have made this quite a few times. The differences I make are more for our own personal preferences and we like it better than the original, but we do add a green and red bell pepper diced, a can of corn, white wine - about a 1/2 cup and at the end, we toss in some parm cheese. I think the recipe is an excellent starter one that you can tweak very easily to your own liking. I also like to add in some red pepper flakes and some additional lemon juice. I end up heating up the oil and butter together with a diced onion garlic, tossing in the chicken breasts that I diced up, then a few minutes later add in all of the veggies, herbs/spices, lemon juice and white wine. I let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes while I get the pasta ready. When the pasta is ready, dump in the chicken mixture, toss in some parm cheese and serve. I highly recommend this to anyone!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2009
Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever
I actually think these are better than the cookie dough filled ones but maybe it is because I made my cake batter from scratch. I think this recipe is great because it gives you infinite possibilities. You could use chocolate cake with chocolate/peanut butter brownies and PB frosting or anything else you can imagine! I do recommend, as someone else mentioned, using the Ghirardelli brand brownies as they have a much more "home made" taste as opposed to other brands. I did make a chocolate cake batter from scratch and that was the only change I made but these turned out so good! I will be posting pictures soon!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2009

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