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Home Town: Mcrae, Georgia, USA
Living In: Georgia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Rosy Grape Jelly
About this Cook
I love to merge recipes. I'll consult 3 or more cookbooks (Joy is always on the table) before even gathering ingredients. I adore Maida Heatter for her techniques and approach, Julia Child for her wonderful influence on the home chefs, and foodtv for endless information and ideas.
My favorite things to cook
Love to bake. It forces me to follow techniques and recipes. Love to make savory dishes freestyle. I love to make food that is pretty and people can't resist. (Dieters beware.)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pretty much it's all about getting stuffed. I like to make myself scarce during meal preparation because the family elders INSIST on polishing silver and using the "don't break my china" china. I'm there for the food and not the pre-cleanup?!?!?!
My cooking triumphs
Removing my fear of making yeast breads, I get that mountain out of a mole hill feeling with yeast breads when I should just dive head first. Reading the whole recipe has been a long lived lesson no matter what it is.
My cooking tragedies
Well, it goes back to not thoroughly reading recipes before beginning. When a recipe states don't double it, really, they mean it! Many years ago working in a restaurant, I managed to slightly burn the pastry cream at 3am for a huge mothers day crowd. It had a toasted marshmellow flavor going was too late to make new cream, we made sure to use plenty of chocolate on top.
Recipe Reviews 107 reviews
Fluffy Pancakes
My hub and I powered down a whole batch of these today. We added a little fresh vanilla bean which made them irresistible. From skillet to mouth, no need for plates with these gems. I don't think I will ever be able to suffer through store pancake mix ever again. Long live pancakes!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2012
SC Frogmore Stew
Using good ol' southern shrimp, sausage, corn... (asian shrimp varieties don't compare in flavor). Ice cold beer and fresh southern table wine (iced tea) are a perfect match. Doesn't hurt to start with boiled peanuts! This is flexible country cookin' that's best eaten outside but if the skeeters are out in force, inside works just fine!

22 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2008
Individual Beef Wellingtons
I created a crazy fun appetizer for a cocktail party. Aafter browning the tenderloin, I chopped it into small cubes. After testing a few rounds, I found it really important to make it easy to eat as a finger food. Make ahead of time and freeze. Big hit!

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2008
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