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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 42 reviews
Maple-Brined Pork Loin
The meat eaters in our family loved it, and even the two other picky eaters ate some of it. That's a winner in my book! I followed the recipe exactly, except was out of garlic so used garlic powder. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2015
Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction
This is my first time to cook lamb chops and I am so happy! Five bright stars for ease, presentation and deliciousness. Didn't have shallots so I used some minced onion. I was out of the"good" balsamic and the Target brand did taste a bit too vinegary, so I added a bit more butter and just a quarter teaspoon or so of honey. Still didn't enjoy the sauce by itself but it was great on the chops. Thanks!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2015
Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon
The topping was delicious, and this dish is easy to prepare. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because salmon is my favorite fish, and I have other recipes that I feel allow its flavor to shine. My kids loved this though. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 19, 2014
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