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Home Town: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Living In: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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My husband (of 36 yrs) & I at The Gettyburg Inn
About this Cook
I can't remember when I wasn't cooking. In high school I started experimenting with recipes, & haven't stopped yet. In my 39 years of marriage, I've cooked for family & friends, and a college rugby team. The joy of discovering a new recipe that blows the crowd away, or the excitement of creating something delicious from a 'thought' is always the inspiration. The most inspired gift I ever gave, was a recipe book I made for my son for his 21st birthday. So many of his favorites were recipes I'd never written down so for a year I carefully measured & wrote down everything. The final typed pages of 'home cookin' and advice were put in a photo scrapbook that he uses and shows off to the gals. He's become an exceptional cook himself!
My favorite things to cook
Favorites here vary by season. In the winter it's comfort food of any kind; chili, soups, meatloaf, and Italian anything. The rest of the year, I challenge my husband to do the cooking on the grill and it's FRESH, FRESH anything and lots of seafood and chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is the best. For 25 years my family has shared the holiday with very close friends in places ranging from our own kitchens to mountain & beach resort condo kitchens; some of those were so small that we had to ban the husbands from crossing onto the tiled floor even to get ice! But we always managed to have fun, turn out fantastic meals, and create cherished memories for everyone.
My cooking triumphs
The top vote would probably go to my shrimp lasagna (our generation) or my chicken spaghetti (according to my son and his friends). Both started as experiments that totally exceeded all expectations.
My cooking tragedies
The worst has to be a batch of chili that I made from a recipe in the newspaper. It had real possibilities, but I grabbed the cayenne pepper instead of the mild chili powder - - - nothing else needs to be said.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce
Excellent & very easy sauce. I chose to use a double boiler instead of direct. I also added about a cup of shredded low fat mozzarella. I cooked whole wheat penne pasta & after draining, tossed that with 2 cups of diced leftover roasted chicken and 1 cup of leftover green peas. The alfredo sauce I poured over the pasta mixture in an oven proof casserole. Baked at 375 for about 20 minutes to just toast the top. My husband says this is an absolute favorite from now on.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2009
Grandma's Corn Pudding
Definitely the old fashioned country recipe for corn pudding. I substituted Splenda for the sugar, and I did add a teaspoon of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. All of my friends at the holiday cookout raved about the recipe, and I've had four or five recipe requests already.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2008
Barbeque Sauce II
Excellent recipe! I used this recipe the first time about a month ago on some pork ribs and was really impressed. Friday morning prior to Labor Day this year, I did my usual dry rub on an 8 lb pork shoulder; Sunday night before Labor Day, the shoulder when on the grill at 215 degrees for a very relaxing 13 hours. Ten minutes of rest after coming off the grill, then the pulling began -- with intermittent doses of sauce. The pork & sauce got rave reviews at our neighborhood cookout, and now my son is anxious to introduce the sauce & pulled pork to Texas !

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2008
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