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Home Town: Grandville, Michigan, USA
Living In: Sioux Center, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Mama's Best Broiled Tomato Sandwich
My Christmas truffle makers
Carriage ride in Anacortes, Washington
Little Christian, 10 months
Jordyn trying on daddy's clothes
About this Cook
I am a stay at home mother of 2 In my early 20's. I always tell myself that I will so some scrapbooking or gardening in my spare time, but I always end up in the kitchen trying out a new recipe! I love God, the small town I live in, my beautiful children, my husband, and my life in general.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything that makes my husband smile. He jokingly rates my meals on a scale of 1-10. I never repeat a meal that he has rated lower than 6. I think my favorite would be my special chili though, because everyone seems to like it, and it makes a giant batch so I can freeze some for a later meal. I also make moist cornbread with my chili.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family traditions revolve around the holidays when my mom would make appetizers that we would nibble while decorating the Christmas tree or munching on while waiting to ring in the new year. Olie-Bollen was always on the New Years menu too since we're Dutch. Because of these traditions, I LOVE looking for tasty appetizer to serve up at holiday parties(okay, all year!). My mom was also a stay at home mom and I remember helping her knead bread and stealing pinches of cookie dough when her back was turned. I have many fond memories of my mom and I in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
Getting a 10 on a dinner from my husband. I know I'm a good cook, but he doesn't give tens very quickly. It motivates me to keep looking for the perfect recipe.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made macaroni and cheese, I was 8 years old and I didn't read the box very well, because after I had mixed in the butter, milk, and cheese powder, I put it back on the stove top to cook longer. It didn't burn, but it wasn't very tasty either.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Wintertime French Style Split Pea Soup
This one is a winner! The secret ingredient is really the turmeric. I used to be the only person in my family who loved pea soup until this recipe came along. It's definitely my favorite version, and the only one I make now.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2013
Party Mimosa
This recipe was a wonderful mix of fruity flavors that were not too sweet. I had been looking for a use for a bottle of champagne that was way too "brut" or dry for my taste and this worked perfecly. My friends were asking for the recipe all night!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 7, 2008
Apple Pecan Cornbread Dressing
Ah...Comfort food. This made my stove top hating friend's jaw hit the floor when I told her that there was stove top in there! To free up the oven while I cooked the turkey and put the stuffing in the crockpot on high a few hours ahead of time. I stirred once every hour. To offset the sweetness that previous reviewers complained of, I only added one cup of apple juice and one cup of chickeb broth which gave it a slightly sweet flavor which really complemented the apples. Did I mention that this was the first time I ever made homemade stuffing and it was REALLY easy?!!

77 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2007
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