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Home Town: Miami, Florida, USA
Living In: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2013
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
As a young girl I spent summers with both sets of granparents. Both of my grandmothers were great southern cooks, one specializing in southern comfort food and the other brought her best Minorcan influenced dishes to the family table. I apprenticed with the best and my love of cooking blossomed!!! It brings me a multitude of joy to see the satiated look on the faces of friends and family who relish the fruits of my labor!! Sharing the love is what life's all about! :) I have a wonderful network of friends who share my philosophy. We gather together every Saturday night for a pot luck jam session...nothing goes better with great food and drink than music!!! We have the best darn music cafe in town!!! Good thing for all the restaurants in town we're not open to the public. LOL
My favorite things to cook
Anything chocolate 1st and foremost! Thai Italian Seafood - my fave part of being a Floridian is the abundance of the freshest fish, oysters and seafood! Southern comfort food Spanish Mexican BBQ Desserts
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Best Spanish Rice
This dish earned its title of "Best" in my book. Beats anything I've eaten in a Mexican restaurant. I used roasted garlic salsa, a few tablespoons of hot Jalapeno green salsa and chicken broth instead of water. The key is sauteing the rice to prevent grains from sticking together.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2013
Fruit Pizza
Took this to my weekly pot luck dinner last night and it was a hit. Loved the cream cheese and marshmallow cream mixture. I topped it with kiwi, mandarin orange and strawberries. Next time I will glaze it with some apricot jam. My only complaint was the crust got soggy after sitting out for several hours.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2013
Warm Blue Cheese Dip with Garlic and Bacon
I whipped this up for a party last night and it was the bomb...had several requests for the recipe!! I added a few extra tablespoons of half and half and used maple bacon, then baked it in a bread bowl and served with bread and celery. I plan on making it again soon!!!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2013

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