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Southern Belle

Southern Belle
Home Town: Abingdon, Virginia, USA
Living In: Chantilly, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I've been married since January 2006. I have one little precious boy, 6 yrs old, and a sweet daughter, 3 yrs old! Our lives are very hectic with the stress of work and Northern Virginia traffic. Often our meals are quick & simple, but when I have time, I love to spend extra time creating elaborate meals. The satisfaction of pleasing my family is well worth the extra time. My husband & I love to have BBQ's & dinner parties every 2-3 months. Last summer we started what may become an annual Cajun Shrimp & Crawfish Boil. It was so much fun because the food is messy & casual, which meant the conversation was lighthearted as well! Each year around Christmas we have a more formal dinner party with candlelight. I love the look of the house with the Christmas decorations & sparkling light. It's even better when the house is filled with friends & family!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake/cook desserts (and eat them too)!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Candy-Making...all the girls in the family get together around the first of December and make all kinds of goodies like peanut butter balls, fudge, mounds, haystacks, no-bake cookies, rum balls, pecan tarts, seafoam candy, etc. The best part is the stories and the laughs we share :)
My cooking triumphs
Well, so far so good. I haven't had many disaster meals.. I think it's in the details. If I'm going to cook a simple dinner like cheeseburgers and onion rings, I have fun toppings like guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, different varieties of cheese (like bleu cheese crumbles), jalapenos, chili, etc & let your guests make their own! Most importantly, I think anything made with love will taste delicious!
My cooking tragedies
Hmm...long story best friend and I burnt down the kitchen my freshman year of high school. Hint: Don't ever let grease drop down in the stove eye.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Chile Garlic BBQ Salmon
LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So tasty! I served it with jasmine rice. My family loved it so much we had it twice in one week.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2009
Creamy Butternut Squash With Cinnamon Soup
This soup was so tasty! There were so many flavors at one time. To quote my husband, "It was like a flavor explosion in my mouth! It was the best soup I've ever had!" LOL Quite interesting! It took a couple of spoonfulls to get into it though. Mine didn't get thick enough, so I added corn as a bit more substance. Not sure it helped, but it did add more flavor. It was good the first day, but wonderful the second day after the flavors had a chance to really settle in. Will definitely make it again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2008
Valentino's Pizza Crust
YUMMY! I added some dried herbs & it was absolutely delicious.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 30, 2007

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