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Living In: ---, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Low Carb, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I grew up in a family who was never really big on cooking. My grandma loved to cook, and my dad had his specialty dishes (I've never found a sugar cookie that matched his!),but my mom just wanted to get it over with. She didn't want a mess in the kitchen either, so I really didn't start cooking until I got married! I've always been creative and enjoy all types of crafts, including painting, counted cross stitch. I am currently learning how to do art quilts and work with fabrics. Thankfully, I had the sense to marry a man who loves to cook! ;-) We moved to the midwest a few yrs ago from Texas. I surely miss the foods from there that we all love. I don't get to spend much time in the kitchen as I'd like any more though. I also really miss our old gas stove!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make cookies and muffins. There's something about portable, personal food that I love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Each New Year's Eve, we do a potluck/buffet, even when it is only us. We don't have a formal meal - it is all munchies and crock pot food. When I was growing up, my favorite tradition was Christmas Eve dinner at my Grandma Welsh's house. Every year was the same - we had oyster stew and homemade rolls. I was never a big fan of the stew, but loved the smells coming out of the kitchen, and how the house always felt warm and welcoming.
My cooking triumphs
Cookies have to be the biggest triumph for me. While I can make plenty of dishes, I really only enjoy making cookies and muffins. I am working on enjoying making pies! The ones I've done are great - I just don't really enjoy making them as much. Thanks to an accident a couple yrs ago, I can no longer stand for long times, so my cooking/baking time in the kitchen has pared down to almost non-existent now. I find that I miss it a great deal.
My cooking tragedies
My first big bomb was our first family Thanksgiving at our house when we were newlyweds.We had a full house. For some reason,I put the sweet potatoes covered with marshmallows too close to the broiler and they caught on fire! We had flames licking from the stove. Instead of getting Hubby, I pulled my brother-in-law into the kitchen to help put it out! Ha! Everything else was fine, but we still laugh about the flaming taters.
Recipe Reviews 55 reviews
That Addicting Salad
My mother in law has been making this salad for what - 40 years now? It is commonly called "Overnight Salad". Hint - it tastes MUCH better if you use chopped onion instead of carrots in this salad. You layer it in the dish, seal it and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. Next day, stir very well, and you have a very addicting salad. Leave the carrots out, and toss a handful of flax seeds in instead! You don't even have to measure the mayo - just spread a thin layer on top of the cauliflower like you were frosting a cupcake. It's hard to do this one wrong.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2014
Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Zero point in this one. You are just making your own spaghetti sauce, esp if you increase the paste or add a can of crushed tomatoes. Unless you have your own garden (and many of us don't), it is more cost-effective to just buy a better jar of sauce!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2013
"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole
I made this last week, simply because I was craving Tex-mex food and I had all the ingredients. I already had cooked chicken, so all I did was chop it up, making the rest of the recipe pretty darned easy. This would also work well with ground chicken, turkey or beef, making it very versatile. I don't normally use taco seasoning packets - we make our own sauce using Mrs. Espy's Enchilada Sauce from this site. But, I did have one buried in the pantry - good use for it! I used Jiffy Mix cornbread. I let my son put everything together, and just lightly supervised. We used a 9x13 cake pan, because I didn't have the size listed in the original recipe. Well, it was truly tasty! It got a thumbs-up from the entire family. Sadly, there was only a tiny little bit left over, so next time, I might make two pans so we can have some for lunch the rest of the week! I forgot to take a photo at the beginning, but took one at the end of the meal! LOL Thank you for sharing such a quick, tasty meal. (PS - I see a few reviews talking about how salty the dish was. I think your answer there is whatever taco seasoning you used. There are many brands that have a very high salt content (it makes the package weigh more). I'd either make your own taco seasoning, or use a good quality brand in the packets. Also saw someone else talk about sour cream-you didn't read it right-this recipe takes CREAM CHEESE. Amazing how folks give a low rating to something they didn't even make as written. :/

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2013

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