Booschmoo Profile - (18467985)

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Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Harrison, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a southerner who grew up on great home cooked food prepared by my mom. We rarely went out to eat, and I am trying to follow the same suit nowadays. I started learning to cook after I got married and had to call my mom and mother-in-law every time I made anything! Now, I am a little too brave in the kitchen and am not afraid to tackle anything, even if the end result is ... well, not the tastiest, ha!
My favorite things to cook
I love grilling fish, home made soups, and rich desserts. I also love trying anything new that I find at the store that week, such as new spice rubs, cheeses, or salad dressings. Our current focus is on being healthy, so I usually stick with lean proteins, whole grains, and veggies on a day to day basis.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year, my parents and I rotate the holiday meals so we each get to cook one. That way, the whole family gets the traditional meal that we grew up on, as well as my own spin on the traditional spread.
My cooking triumphs
After my disastrous first try at potato soup, I finally came up with my own signature recipe that several people have told me is "the best potato soup they have ever had." I also make some great chili that I call "Drunk Deer Chili." I recently made up a gumbo recipe that I am also very proud of and can't wait to make again.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made potato soup was a complete disaster. My mom told me to use flour to thicken the soup, but she left out the part that I have to cook the flour in the fat before I move on. So I added the flour to an already full pot of soup. When it didn't thicken, I added more and more until I ended up with what tasted like flour soup! Ugh! Oh, and one time I tried to make homemade coconut lime sorbet and for some reason, it never froze completely. I never did figure that one out.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Heavenly White Cake
I was very pleased with this cake! I made cupcakes out of it and couldn't stay out of the batter alone. It's hard to find a homemade cake recipe that is not heavy and overly dense. I thought this one was perfect. The almond extract gives it that something special and the texture is nice and light. I did need the extra half cup of milk that other reviewers suggested, so thanks to everyone for recommending that! I am using a chocolate mousse frosting on these, but I plan to experiment with different toppings/fillings. I will definitely make this recipe again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2011
Banana Crumb Muffins
I made this recipe exactly as written and they are wonderful! They are moist, flavorful, and the topping is golden and crunchy. I wouldn't change a thing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 3, 2010
Spanish Rice Bake
I'm not sure if there was anyone else that used the sriracha chile sauce like I did...if so, then the result is an extremely HOT dish! It has a good flavor, but is incredibly spicy - and I can usually handle spice. Next time, I will cut the chile sauce in half. Those that used salsa instead and complained it was bland - that is probably why, the kick comes from the chile sauce. Otherwise, I liked this dish a lot, and like the sweetness with the spicy. I had no problems with the rice, mine cooked perfectly in the time suggested in the recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2010

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