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Home Town: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Living In: Heidelberg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Member Since: Nov. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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Enough with the peas Mama!
Hubby and I in Las Vegas
About this Cook
I am a mama, wife, veteran, and student. My husband is in the Army, so he's gone more than I would like him to be. I have a little boy, who I think is brilliant and hilarious, but we are starting to hit the terrible twos so I may change my mind. I'm slowly working on getting my degree in Library Science so that I can be a Children's Librarian when I "grow up". My husband is a pretty picky eater, so in addition to introducing a variety of foods to our toddler, I'm introducing them to hubby as well.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes, cookies, and pies from scratch. I love to make my dad's Five Bean Chili. My mom's Corn Casserole rocks so much that I asked the caterer to serve it at our wedding reception. I love cooking anything that I can put my own spin on, I never stick exactly to a recipe unless I'm baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom always made us a special Teddy Bear cake for our birthdays when we were little and I can't wait to continue with that tradition for my kids. I love being in the kitchen with my Dad's 4 sisters when they cook. That's when they tell all the best stories.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made a pie, Mom always got the premade ones (much as she liked making cakes, she hated any other form of cooking) so I had no guidance other than the recipe. My first solo Thanksgiving was also a huge triumph. We invited a bunch of soldiers from hubby's unit who weren't able to go home, and I managed to pull it all off. Except for the rolls.
My cooking tragedies
I like to call them learning experiences rather than tragedies ;) I've caused some minor fires and now my husband is terrified that eventually I'm going to set the entire kitchen on fire. The infamous bisquik cake that my brothers and I made when I was 12 still gets laughs.
Recipe Reviews 342 reviews
Margaret's Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
Yummy! These were so delicious and everybody ate them (picky hubby, 5 year old, 15 month old and me!). I used 1 pound of ground beef since our commissary doesn't carry lamb, and only 2 eggs. I also played with the seasonings a bit, used more mint, parsley, oregano and marjoram. I baked them in the oven and served them on pitas with tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. We will definitely be having these again, thanks for sharing the recipe.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2012
Sausage Pasta
Everybody really enjoyed this one, except my four year old. He thought it was too spicy. I used mild sausage, and threw in about 3 pinches of crushed red pepper flakes. I also sprinkled some flour over the sausage after it was browned to make a roux with the sausage grease. I added half a cup of milk, 2 cups of chicken broth and then followed the rest of the recipe. Delicious, we'll have this again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2012
"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This was very good, even my husband liked it and he doesn't care for cornbread. I used my mom's recipe for cornbread, and also added some diced onions and peppers as well as frozen corn. We'll definitely have this again.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2012

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