ALLICAT1998 Profile - (18379923)

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Home Town: Mississippi, USA
Living In: Mississippi, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a busy Southern wife married to a hard-working construction man. I'm a veterinarian, and my "children" include 2 cats and several dogs. I am confident that my family will expand in the future, and that includes the 2 and 4 leg variety! I enjoy cooking and baking, and I often get into cooking moods. Since my husband works out of town, I rarely cook during the week (unless the mood strikes me!). Otherwise, I try to find a balance of creating meals for just the two of us without having tons of leftovers. Since my hubby is a hearty eater, I rarely have that problem!
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new things; however, my husband is very much a meat & potatoes man. His palate has expanded since we have been married, but I still tend to prepare a lot of Southern basics: baked/fried meats, vegetable sides, simple soups, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but when I want something different, it's usually just for myself. We both enjoy Mexican dishes though, so I do a lot of enchiladas, tacos, chile, and taco soup. I love Italian as well, and one of my favorites is fettuccine alfredo. I rarely make it though since my hubby prefers red sauce based dishes. One batch of alfredo sauce is way too fattening for one person! But I can deal with spaghetti and lasagne :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My staple dish that I have made for every Thanksgiving and Christmas since high school has been baked macaroni and cheese. I use the recipe off the side of an old Creamette elbow macaroni box my mom had for ages. I add a little more cheese than it calls for, but it is otherwise a simple but delish recipe.
My cooking triumphs
Like many daughters, I have always wanted to cook as good as my mother. My mom is an awesome cook from south Louisiana, and there was nothing she made that didn't taste heavenly. She rarely used a recipe and could whip something up off the top of her head. Her dishes were always full of flavor, and I cannot remember a time when she ever ruined a dish. I learned a lot about cooking from her, and I was very nervous about my cooking skills when I first married. My husband I didn't care about. It was my mother I wanted to please! She was very critical of food, and I knew that if she liked it, then it was actually good. My biggest triumph was when my mom consistently approved of and requested my dishes. Even my dad confided in me that he liked a lot of my dishes better than my mom's-but never tell her that!!!
My cooking tragedies
Though I usually do pretty well in the kitchen, there have been some disasters. My first time making gravy turned out great. It was made from hamburger steak pan drippings, and even my husband, who doesn't like gravy, enjoyed it. The very next week I made it again, and it curdled and burned something awful! I don't know what I did wrong, but it was a huge mess. To make matters worse, my hubby's friend stopped by and saw the mess on the stove. He made a comment about there being an "art" to making gravy. I was so embarrassed! My other disaster was last year. I made a tiramisu cake from this website for Christmas, and I followed the suggestions from the reviewers. It was a disgusting mess. It was another embarrassment, especially since I served it to my family. It mushed to pieces, and the layers slid off after sitting in the fridge during dinner. I almost chucked the thing in the garbage, but I didn't want to waste food!
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Italian Lasagna
I was pleased with this recipe. I took the advise of other reviewers and added an extra can of tomato sauce. I also used some crushed garlic and increased the herbs in the sauce. The bacon is an absolute must! You don't really taste the pieces in the finished product, but it makes the sauce so much better. I had 8 cups of mozzarella and ended up using all of it! This definitely makes way more than what can fit into a regular pan. Be prepared to use 2 or a huge roasting pan. The final result was pretty good after the modifications. I think it would have been way too dry with the original sauce proportions as I almost ran out even with the extra can. I do think that there was something missing that I just couldn't put my finger on. Next time I will try parmesan instead of the provolone. Though it is a little time-consuming, I will definitely keep this recipe!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2011
Mexican Cornbread Salad
I gave this recipe 4 stars because I think that the original would be a tad too bland. I made some improvements per others' suggestions, and I was very pleased! I added a jalapeno to the cornbread, used spicy ranch dressing, and substituted a taco cheese blend for regular cheddar. Even after these changes plus adding some cumin and chile powder between the layers, I found it could be a little spicier. I will definitely make this again, but I will be more generous with my spices. Everyone raved about this at a friend's dinner, and the hostess told me this recipe was a keeper!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2011
Tiramisu Layer Cake
I went through many of the reviews before deciding to make this cake, and I don't know what happened. I followed the advice of others and made two coffee layers, doubled the coffee on those layers, and let them set in the pans refrigerated overnight. When I went to remove them from the pans, it was an awful mess! The cake was so soggy and mushy that they fell apart. I couldn't even use the top third layer because it literally squished to pieces. I ended up making it just the two layers, but my top piece ended up sliding off the mushy bottom. Thank goodness my family didn't really care about the presentation! As far as taste, I really didn't care for it even though some of my family liked it. I don't think adding so much coffee to the cake really made a difference as it was still a slight flavor. I think that if I followed the recipe as stated, I still wouldn't have liked it as much as other recipes on this site. I doubt I make this again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2010

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