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Home Town: Gonzales, Texas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Hi there! I'm a full time mother to 2 year old Isabella and really enjoy getting her involved in my passion for cooking and eating good healthy food. So far, so good and she loves fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts, pretty much whatever I make her - as long as she can decifer the individual ingredients! She's the reason I'm so determined to make things from scratch and avoid ready-made or boxed foods which contain artificial ingredients, flavor enhancers and chemicals. I'm a much smarter shopper since she's been born and always read the labels.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a master at making all kinds of salads - so my friends tell me - and am going through a 'Mediterranian food phase'. I just love all the fresh ingredients, herbs, fish, and spices many recipes call for. Last night I made simple but delicious Italian Tuna and Bean salad and some homemade hummous that was to die for.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making tamales around Christmas. It's a painstaking 3 day process, but some of my best childhood memories include sitting around the table with my late Grandma and aunts and listening to them gossip while filling the masa spread corn husks with that yummy spicy pork filling. I allow myself to indulge in my favorite Tex-Mex recipes on the holiday!
My cooking triumphs
Hmm, I'm pretty happy when my husband - who must eat out in some of London's finest restaraunts several times a month with clients - comes home and tells me that my cooking is far better than most places he's been.
My cooking tragedies
Oh gosh, have had too many to count. I do remember, however, about 8 years ago when I first started trying to cook in earnest, that my then boyfriend brought one of his friends home for dinner after he had raved about my skills in the kitchen. I had no clue what to make and had nothing in the fridge but porkchops. I made pan fried pork chops with canned green beans and mashed potatoes. Fair enough, it was short notice, but then I found a can of cherry pie filling in the cupboard and remembed seeing a recipe for Pork Chops with a cherry sauce. I simply heated up the pie filling and put a dollop on everyone's plate. It was disgusting! My boyfriend's friend said nothing throughout the whole meal, but I could tell he was choking his food down!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Orange Gelatin Salad
This was really good! I just love fruit and cream salads with cottage cheese! I think this recipe lend itself really nicely to a lot of substitution too. I used a soy-based 'whipping cream' b/c we don't have Cool Whip in the UK and you couldn't tell the difference, flavour-wise. I also didn't have canned mandarin orages, so I used canned peaches and some fresh fruit I had on hand to make it healthier (blueberries, diced apples and bananas) plus I added some chopped pecans b/c I love nuts. I only gave it four stars because I think in the future, I might not use the jello. My husband thought it made it taste too artificial, but I really liked it. Anyhow, it was yummy...I can't stop eating it! Thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2009
Hamburger Soup I
This is a great basic recipe that lets you play around with the ingredients a bit. I made some adjustments that my family absolutely loved - even my very fussy 3 yr old. I omitted the ketchup and basil, as I'm not really fond of basil combined with beef. I instead added a dash of worchestershire sauce, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbsp dried oregano, plus some about 2 tbsps chopped fresh parsely. Additionally, for flavor, I included 2 finely diced garlic cloves and a 1/2 cup of barley. I think the barley really makes this soup really hearty and tasty, not to mention nutritious! You just add the barley in at the beginning with all the other ingredients and you're ready for a great, cozy winter meal!

77 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2008
Broccoli Chicken Casserole I
This is why we all have cupboards! Great recipe that is very forgiving and allows you to use whatever you have on hand for a very quick, easy dinner. I made adjustments out of neccesity: I used 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup of milk & 1/2 cup sour cream (I omitted the mayo as well) 1 cup frozen mushrooms, 1/2 frozen peas, 1/2 cup diced carrots, 2 tbsps chopped garlic, 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning, 1 tsp onion pwdr, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and topped it all w/1 cup crushed Ritz crackers. On advice from other reviewers, I also mixed everything together and topped w/the crackers. It came out very good and was well recieved by my picky 2 yr old! Thanks for sharing!

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

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