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Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My fondest childhood memories revolve around food and family. I cherish the time spent with my loved ones, and find that love of food is a very common bond we all share. Much of my work focuses on food, and much of my spare time at home finds me in the kitchen baking or cooking - simply put food is a very important part of my life.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a baker at heart, and I have a huge sweet tooth. Many of my favorite things to cook are sweets - I love dessert! Aside from desserts, my favorite things to cook are those foods that I consider comfort foods. Foods that remind me of home, family, my childhood, and my southern roots.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking traditions follow the style and practices of my grandmother such as her traditional holiday desserts - Sweet Potato Pie for Thanksgiving, Boiled Oatmeal Cookies, and Pineapple Cake for Christmas and the big hearty Sunday dinners she made a family tradition, filled with amazing foods such as pot roast or meatloaf.
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumphs include mastering whatever recipe I've made in the past that didn't turn out as I had hoped it would the first time around. I consider it a triumph anytime I see a smile spread across someones face upon taking that first bite of something I have prepared.
My cooking tragedies
I consider myself thankful that no specific cooking tragedies come to mind. But I'm not a perfect cook or baker, I'm continuously learning and strenghtening my skills. Anytime a recipe doesn't meet my expectations and I feel it's due to my error or inexperience I consider that a bit of a tragedy, or at the very least a disappointment.
Recipe Reviews 117 reviews
Yellow Squash Casserole
Overall, this was pretty good, even my anti-casserole dad ate it and liked it fairly well. I cooked my squash and onions in a small amount of water in the microwave - just sliced, put in the baking dish I baked the casserole in and added a tiny bit of water for steaming and covered with plastic wrap. I microwaved for about 8 minutes total, and that really made this dish easy. I used fresh breadcrumbs instead of crackers and cut back on the cheese a little. I wanted more of a baked squash than a cheesy casserole. I would have liked less of the egg mixture, but overall pretty good. I'll probably make this again but modify it a bit.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2013
Honey Mustard Dressing II
I just mixed some of this dressing up and it's SO good! I'm excited for dinner thanks to this dressing now. I added a little more honey because as it was it didn't have quite enough sweetness for me. I just added a few more squirts until I got the right hint of sweetness. I really like that this doesn't make a huge batch since I'm the only one in my house who eats honey mustard anything. This definitely tastes like honey mustard dressing you would be served in a restaurant.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2013
Brookville Hotel Cream-Style Corn
I used this recipe more as inspiration than anything. I made a few changes, but loved what I turned it into. I used 2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained, milk instead of heavy cream (because that's what I had on hand), 1/2 teaspoon of salt (because I used canned corn which has a pretty good amount of salt already), I left the corn starch at 1 tablespoon and after tasting I ended up with a total of 2 tablespoons of sugar. This recipe is SO easy and delicious! I love creamed corn, but hate how the canned stuff is not whole kernel and it's pretty soupy. This had the wonderful taste, but was thicker.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2012
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