Denee Profile - (18421712)

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Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Living In: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Hi! I am 35 years old, single never married, and the proud mother of two German Shepherds. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but transferred with my company to Fredericksburg, VA in 2002. There has never been a more highly valued member of any Baker family than the cook :) No kidding, that's the family name! I am more of a cook than a baker I must admit. I love to travel and have done a lot of it so far...My next destination is Egypt in December! Can't wait to try the local cuisine...
My favorite things to cook
My specialties (and most often requested)are Italian, especially Primavera and Lasagna. The other requests I most often receive are Gumbo, broccoli casserole, sauteed Italian style spinach, chili and chicken noodle soup.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The road gets a little bumpy here. I grew up with magnificently tasty and terribly fatty foods. I have an Aunt who puts two POUNDS of butter in her chicken and dumpling recipe (I quit eating them once I discovered that). I live in an age of health food awareness, so things had to change when I began to cook. The cooks in my family didn't seem to know how to make things taste good without heavy amounts of fat and cholesterol. I, on the other hand, discovered fresh herbs very early on. The food I cook is much healthier (except perhaps for my very rich lasagna)than my elders. I even grow my own herbs. They sometimes ask me how I made something, so hopefully my cooking healthier recipes will lead to healthier lives for everyone in my family.
My cooking triumphs
Definately my Primavera and Chili have been triumphs! My brother and sister-in-law have seven children, so you can imagine what it's like at dinner time! There's always at least one or two crying "I don't like it!" When I go home to visit I usually cook at least two or three meals. My brother always wants my Gumbo... The first time I cooked my Primavera my brother and sister-in-law couldn't believe it...NO COMPLAINTS! Only requests for more. I think they were in shock. Now, of course, I have to make it whenever I go home, but the best part is now they're making it! My second triumph involves the same situation, except they came to Virginia to visit me instead of me going to Ohio. We were going to be in D.C. all day, it was their first trip here, so I tossed all my ingredients for chili in the crock pot and we hit the road. For the second time, no complaints, and the crockpot was scraped clean.
My cooking tragedies
I have a terrible time glazing! I haven't researched it in a while, so hopefully there's a better description of what to do for the perfect glaze, out there for me. I never seem to get it right. ALL I EVER WANTED WAS A NICE PIECE OF HONEY GLAZED SALMON!!!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Bill's Sausage Gravy
My family is Appalachian and I was raised on a farm eating biscuits and gravy, eggs and fried apples. I tried this recipe because...well I'd never seen anyone "measure" a gravy recipe. We are a dump and pour until it tastes right family. My granny knew what she was talking about when she told me if you want the best tasting sausage gravy use bacon grease as the base and I have to agree. I gave this a shot but it is much better if you reserve bacon grease to brown your flour in then add the drained sausage pieces to the gravy. Also, for more punch try white pepper...everyone seems to forget about that little gem.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2013
This recipe will surprise you if you've never had Ratatouille. When you look at the ingredients (at least when I did) you may fear there will be little flavor. Boy was I wrong! I really was shocked by the amount of hearty flavor these simple ingredients provided! I know many people eat other things and use this as a side dish, but I make my whole meal out of just this...maybe a piece of bread as a bonus. This has become a real staple meal in my household....THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2010
Sweet Potato Minestrone
Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!! This has got to be the absolute BEST recipe I have EVER tried from All Recipes. I am not a fan of the traditional sweet potato so I got on here to try and find a new way to cook it as it is an incredibly healthy veggie to consume. When I stumbled onto this recipe it was a Godsend!! The first time I made it I accidentally picked up chopped tomatoes with chiles rather than the Italian seasoned tomatoes that the recipe calls for. It turned out brilliantly:) When my family came to visit I made it with the Italian seasoned tomatoes as called for because I know my parents DO NOT appreciate spicy food. It was good this way as well, but when cooking for myself I will continue to use the tomatoes with chiles and I would highly recommend this substitute for anyone who likes their food a little on the spicy side. I would also follow the advice about garlic bread. Garlic bread compliments this recipe beautifully and I wouldn't serve it without it:)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2009
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