Espri*Rae Profile - (18609688)

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Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Janet (left) Samantha (right)
About this Cook
The name's Sam. I'm 18 and love to cook, always looking for recipes to try. I'm a senior in high school and plan on going to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to work on a degree and high school education license to teach Latin. Why didn't I pick something hard, eh? Anyway, I'm always asking the "Martha Stewarts" of my family to teach me the tricks of the trade (that is, Southern cooking). My paternal grandmother taught me so much, and I long to continue her legacy of great cooking and gracious generocity. That's my ultimate goal.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking main dishes, but baking is my forte. Pies, especially. I love making lattice and cut-out crusts. I also like decorating. Cake decorating isn't my easiest task (nor my neatest), but it's something I'm working on. Cookies are fun, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've started a new tradition at Christmas around my house: last year I made dozens and dozens of dipped candies (i.e. peanut butter balls, pretzels, caramels, millionaires, etc.) and other snacks (like sausage balls) for entertaining purposes, and just to have around the house. I plan on keeping the tradition alive.
My cooking triumphs
I've gotten pies down-pat. Around Thanksgiving and Christmastime, people start calling the house, asking me to make my apple, sweet potato, pear, or pecan pies for them. I'm always looking for new recipes.
My cooking tragedies
Including, but not limited to: * A sugar-cookie volcano when I was about 10 (one of my first ventures...resulted in illness) * Burnt cookies/pie crusts * Marshmallow towers (I put mini-marshmallows on a sweet potato pie and left it in the oven too long, resulting in a black, carbon tower) I guess we learn from our mistakes.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Apple Salad II
This was great! I used mandarin oranges instead of raisins, too. It was delicious and just sweet enough. The pinapple chunks are delicious. The only bad thing that happened was that it got a little "soupy" at the bottom. I'm about to take it to a Salad Supper at my church...we'll see how it goes! Oh, and it makes a TON of salad! Next time I might put a saucer upside down at the bottom of the bowl to catch the excess liquid that comes off.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2008
Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
This recipe was terrific! I did modify it a little, though. I omitted the sugars and added a banana. Also, I used seedless blackberry preserves. The chips turned out great, but the salsa ended up a little soupy. Next time I'll use fresh strawberries instead of frozen! Nevertheless, this is definitely a recipe that will be made around here for a long time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2008
Sweet Potato Pie I
Absolutely amazing. I think my dad got teary when he ate this because it reminded him of Grandma's cooking years back. We told my great aunt Maggie that we only used one sweet potato and she felt sorry for me:"Aww honey, is that all you had?" ! Anyway, this was great! I have made it probably 6 times this Christmas season. I love the idea of using a milkshake blender -- it keeps the stringy parts out of the sweet potato. I will definitely be making this again and again.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2006

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