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Living In: Mt. Dora, Florida, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a work-outside-the-home mom of 3 very picky kids and wife of one rather culinarily conservative husband.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything that gets me in and out of the kitchen fast! I do like to try different recipes, usually desserts, sometimes with one or more kid helping. On weekend afternoons I'll browse "Joy of Cooking", or this site, for something new and inspirational. I like to use boneless chicken, seafood, and flavorful meats like kielbasa, for the speed they lend to preparation.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a few recipes that I learned from my mom: fudge, bourbon balls, taco casserole, chicken Italian; I've also learned to cook a couple of my husband's favorites - I don't DARE mess with his mom's chile recipe! My daughter and I have come up with a few tricks of our own. My favorite is when she concocts an exciting (or at least interesting) new chicken marinade after school, and she or I broil it when I get home from work.
My cooking triumphs
I have a recipe from a magazine that uses two basic cookie batters to make about 12 unique and delicious kinds of cookie. I also learned to make an awesome cheesecake with a chocolate ganache topping. When I was off work to be home with the babies, this was my way of saving money on Christmas presents.
My cooking tragedies
My deep-Southern neighbor taught me to make her wonderful, light and fluffy biscuits. When I tried to make them later in college, they could have broken your foot. The same thing happened to my meat turnovers. I never did figure out what I was doing wrong. I've also been known to fix up a great slow cooker dinner and then forget to turn the thing on. Pizza, anyone?
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Carrot Zucchini Casserole
I needed a dairy free casserole, and this fit the bill. I cooked the carrots with a little water in the microwave until nearly done, then added the squash (little more water) and all the seasonings and finished them, with the addition of a bit more herbs since one reviewer indicated that it needed something. I then stirred in the mayo and proceeded as directed. My family loved it, but I thought the mayo flavor was a bit overpowering....would like something more savory. I'll make again and play with the flavors. Thanks for a great starter recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2013
Pan Seared Salmon I
A little too crusty on the outside for me, and I did feel that it was a bit better with some extra seasoning (rosemary and garlic - nearly burned the garlic), but it was a great starting recipe. I kept the heat on medium high, and removed the thinner portion at the recommended time. I then covered the thicker piece and cooked an extra minute. Delicious - thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2013
Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
A big hit with everyone in the house, and that's saying something. My teen would have preferred them fried, but they are so much healthier this way that I wouldn't change a thing. I used two BIG potatoes and cut them in sixths or smaller. I left one unpeeled and used paprika, adding garlic salt and rosemary per others' suggestions. The other potato I peeled (then had to use quickly, as it seemed to want to turn brown), and used brown sugar and a little garlic salt. Some of my family preferred them this way, although I liked the savory ones better. Microwaving them about 3 minutes before slicing made them easier to slice but a bit messy in a couple of places due to being too soft to handle well...will probably skip this next time. Thanks for the great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2013

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