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Living In: Hemphill, Texas, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Boating, Fishing, Reading Books
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HI! Welcome to my kitchen!
About this Cook
I am the mom of 3 boys and caretaker of my younger brother who has Downs. My boys EAT! They are all below the age of 13, so they are growing boys. I am a teacher and a single mom, so quick, easy and nutritious are my key words when cooking meals. I grew up with a mom who was at home, not working, and who loved to cook. We had lots of comfort foods and downhome cooking, some may call it "soul food" today. She was a preacher's wife and we had lots of potluck meals at church which I loved. SO my tastes evolved with casseroles and lots of old southern cooking styles. I don't have as much time to cook as my mom, so I try to use shortcuts, yet come out with the same results. It isn't easy.
My favorite things to cook
Any Tex-Mex dish, but with my own flair. I love to simmer turnip greens and peas on the stovetop all day, throwing small cobs of corn and pork jowls into the peas to simmer. We also like fried catfish, but I have found that the Swai fish taste just as good and are cheaper to buy, with little or no trimming needed.So my favorite things to cook are those things that are quick, easy, nutritious and great tasting during the week and "soul food" on the weekends.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili
I'm a Texan and we love our chili HOT, so when I decided to try this recipe, I was skeptical that we would like it. I had leftover turkey and since the weatherman was predicting ice and snow, my family wanted chili. So I searched Allrecipes and found this one with the interesting pumpkin addition. I had never heard of putting pumpkin or sweet potatoes in chili. That sounded insane. But wanting to try something new, I tried this recipe using my leftover turkey chopped up, sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin, and added more heat with jalapenos, Cajun seasoning, and chipotle chili powder. I also added a bag of frozen chopped onions and peppers and fresh cilantro. OMG! It was delicious. I had to stop my boys from eating it after 3 bowls each. I served it with just tortilla chips, nothing more on top as some suggested. If you are skeptical, try this and add your own flair to it. I even had to give the homemaking teacher at my school the recipe after she tried it. She was amazed at the flavor of the sweet and spicy blend. This will definitely become part of my chili rotation.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2014
Slow-Cooked Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Onion, and Red Potatoes
I am from Texas and love fresh green beans and red potatoes. I did this dish for Christmas dinner instead of the traditional green bean casserole. It was a hit! I'll be making this more often for sure.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2013
Buffalo Chicken and Roasted Potato Casserole
This was my recipe and I made some shortcuts that weren't put in the original recipe. Instead of using the tobasco sauce, garlic powder, and paprika mix, I used a jar of HOOTERS hot wing sauce. I added some olive oil to it to keep it from burning and to coat the potatoes. Then baked them as the recipe states. Also, not having time to thaw and cube chicken, I used a bag of Fajita chicken pieces, precooked and thawed. It was perfect and took half the time.

105 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2012
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