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Nikki Stivers Boyce

Nikki Stivers Boyce
Home Town: Shelbyville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Golden, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I am a 40 something yr. old stay at home mom. I had my daughter in 2005. I met the man I love recently and his son. We are residing in Golden, IL and couldn't be happier.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook very old recipes. I am currently trying some found in a recipe book that was the chef in the white house during Abe Lincoln stay in presidency. Southern cooking is a passion.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Nothing fat or sugar free that is for sure! Well am trying to watch the carbs/ and sugar now that Dan and I are diabetic, so am experimenting, changing the recipes I love into something more healty
My cooking triumphs
Cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal for over 60 people by myself... and did the clean up by myself too :-(
My cooking tragedies
First time I made gravy I used baking soda instead of corn starch
Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
Meh.. Not the worst, but not the best I've had either. Since it has good bones, I gave it 3 stars. I too found it lacking flavor, and greasy. But I suspect that could have been the brand of sausage I used so I won't hold that against the recipe. Will try cooking beans with hocks, jowls or at least pickled pork. Next time instead of using water to cook the beans I will use stock, and saute' vegetables in bacon fat, and a different brand of sausage. Maybe some Jasmine rice too. Good red beans and rice are out there. I've had them.I just need to keep looking.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 28, 2015
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
This is a very good recipe. As is, it needs some tweaks to fit our family. I doubled the blueberries on both the toast itself and in the syrup. Since we didn't like biting into hunks of cream cheese, on the second try I beat 12oz of cream cheese with sugar to taste, a bit of vanilla extract, and a splash of heavy cream until smooth. Instead of fighting to spread it, I loaded the cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag and evenly piped it on top of the first layer of bread. I also added a tablespoon of cinnamon to the egg mixture and substituted evaporated milk for regular milk. The final tweak was I added a quarter cup of lemon juice to the syrup. This would be good with any fruit and next time I am trying it with peaches.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2015
Penne with Chicken and Asparagus
This is my second time making this. The first time I did it as is. It was great. Husband wished it had more "sauce" but he is the type of person who likes his food drowned. Second time I increased the broth added cream cheese and increased the cheese. I also didn't have as much chicken as I thought so I added a couple of links smoked sausages with the chicken. I also added some yellow summer squash. The smoked sausage adds soooo much flavor and I highly recommend adding it! I might also would like to add a side note. I grow my own asparagus so I do not have it fresh year around. I freeze most of it. Frozen asparagus works just as well, just cut the cooking time as freezing breaks down cells and it is already soft.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2015

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