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leighanncherry81


leighanncherry81
 
Home Town: Gainesboro, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Music
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About this Cook
Moved to Louisville last year after living in Tennesee all of my life. Did this to be closer to my awesome boyfriend of 3 years. That 3 hour drive for the long distance relationship on weekend was getting old and I was ready for a change. I worked in veterinary medicine as a licensed technician for close to ten years. After moving to Louisville I decided to pursue a career change that would still utilize my strengths in multi tasking and organization that was sans the emotional toil of caring for sick and hurt animals and their caregivers. I landed a job as a project coordinator for a cable design company. It pays the bills and funds the fun stuff... cooking and pottery habits.
My favorite things to cook
I'm not a vegetarian but might as well be...I'm so glad summer is here...thank goodness for the Farmer's Market and all the fresh local veggies...I can make a salad of almost anything. I really love experimenting with all the natural flavors you can get from carefully selected lettuces and great vinagrettes. I'm still a southern girl at heart though and nothing says comfort to me like homemade chicken and dumplings, smothered collard greens and a big crock pot of pinto beans!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Granny's fried apple pies...cooked in lard...heavenly good. My mom's famous homemade peanut butter fudge that's available every year only at Christmas. My sister's baked beans...with plenty of little smokies and brown sugar...noone else makes baked beans as good as her.
My cooking triumphs
I love to make Chicken Cordon Bleu and frequently experiment with variations on it. But my best thing per the awesome boyfriend thus far is my Foccacia bread and cupcakes. I make a mean "Yetti" cupcake complete with shredded coconut flakes!
My cooking tragedies
Apple pie is my Everest right now...I have yet to master getting the top crust to look perfectly criss-crossed after baking...not mention that time I failed to recognize that if using only tart Granny Smith Apples you should use all of that sugar the recipe calls for if you want a sweeter tasting pie!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker
I just tried this recipe and it has become my favorite for pork chops. I rarely make them and when I do they are usually fried briefly to get a nice brown color then baked with a can of Campbell's mushroom soup. Despite my best efforts this results in finding them a little too dry and tough for my taste. I jumped on this recipe because I love the convenience of my slow cooker and had never considered cooking pork chops in one. I followed the advice in the other reviews and only used 1/4 cup of soy sauce and added 1/4 cup of honey to the other ingredients. I didn't feel the need for the salt or pepper. The soy sauce really is salty enough for my taste and after trying them after simmering on low for 6 hours I found they tasted great with no extra seasoning. I found them as the other reviewers described: meat falling off the bone and delicious. I also thickened the sauce with cornstarch and served over rice. Great meal served with apple pie for dessert!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2010
Hudson's Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce
Great recipe. Followed the directions exactly as listed here and turned it out great. My boyfriend hates anything that resembles tarter sauce but I love it and made it anyways. He ending up eating more of the sauce than I did! Will probably try following the advice of some of the other reviewers next time I make this. Although it turned out great as a baked dish (love the smell of baked lemons on fish!) I'd love to get the fish a little more crispy and pan frying will be the way to go to achieve that. Made with asparagus with toasted almonds recipe also found on the website. Great meal! Just wish I'd had some white wine to with it!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2010
Asparagus with Sliced Almonds and Parmesan Cheese
Great taste and super easy to make! I followed the advice listed below and dropped the fresh asparagus in boiling water until bright green and tender. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes altogether. Then put in ice water to stop the cooking process while heating up the saute pan with melted butter. Tossed briefly with a little bit of minced garlic and almonds. Added the parmesan right before serving. I think the parmesan would really glue up on you in the pan. Turned out beautifully with the Hudson baked Tilapia recipe I found here as well.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2010
 
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