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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: Fishing, Hunting, Charity Work
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HI! Welcome to my kitchen!
About this Cook
I am the mom of 2 boys and caretaker of my younger brother who has Downs. My boys EAT! They are all below the age of 15, so they are growing boys. I am a teacher and a single mom. I organized our first Youth Football League and presently am the High School Fishing Team advisor. Football and Fishing rule at our house. I have little time during the week to cook, 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 to do, but I try. On any given night, I may have 3-6 boys eating dinner after football practices, so I cook BIG portions.
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.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort foods on the weekends, but I still like to make the foods healthy if possible. I am a Texan so southern and Tex-Mex dishes are our favorites. Living on the Louisiana border, we also enjoy Cajun foods, like boudain and Jambalaya. Any way you go, we love SPICES!
My cooking tragedies
I was given the task to make Chicken Enchalada Casseroles for a Youth Football Banquet. We were serving over 200 players and parents. I spent one evening boiling and deboning 3 big boxes of chicken in my small kitchen. I placed them in the fridge overnight and assembled the casseroles the next morning, cooking them one at a time in my small oven. When the casserole was finished, I would cover it with foil and leave it sitting out because there was no room in my fridge for the huge pans. I took the casseroles to the High School Cafeteria about 5:00 that evening since the banquet started at 7:00. I noticed a strange smell as I entered the cafeteria with my pans, and thought it was just some soured food that had been thrown out. I put the pans in the warmer and at 6:45 we got them out to start serving. The smell was my casseroles! The chicken had soured! IT smelled Horrible! A smell you would never forget. We threw all 5 pans out. I was so embarassed. Luckily we had enough food to serve.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Slow Cooker Southern Lima Beans and Ham
I am the author of this recipe. The Allrecipes cooks changed my original recipe up a little. I didn't use a hambone or meat from the hambone, even though a lot of southern cooks do. I use a ham hock, bacon, and even smoked deer sausage at times. If I use bacon, I add in the bacon drippings, too. I also use half chicken broth and half water when simmering. You can also do this on the stovetop. Just be careful and don't let the beans scorch.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2014
Roasted Peanuts
My mom used this recipe plenty of times and it was great, but not reliable. Some would be overcooked if not stirred. The quickest method I have found is to microwave them for about 3-4 minutes in the microwave, then let them cool. They get crunchier as they cool. I do about 3 cups at a time in a microwaveable safe bowl.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2014
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.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2014
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