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Living In: Rockford, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a retail manager and have 2 wonderful sons. They love to eat and I love to cook for them when I have the time. I've always been told I should open a restaurant because my cooking is so good. I'd love to but I value family time and I know I couldn't commit to the business that would need a lot of time to do so and be successful. I love to cook when I have the time. My favorite thing is to have a group of friends over and to make a meal that knocks thier socks off. All I need is a "YUMMMMM" and I'm happy.
My favorite things to cook
Almost anything. I love fish, chicken and seafood. I love trying something new. I guess one of my favorite things to make would be appetizers.
My cooking triumphs
Making a 5 course meal for a group of 5 couples for New Years Eve. We had 5 different appetizers, 2 different soups, a basic salad, Prime Rib w/ King Crab legs, 2 typs of potaotes, 2 veggies, bread, and 2 different desserts. ALL made by me and by scratch. They loved it and I love making it for them.
My cooking tragedies
Making a Tuna Casserole for my "husband to be". He hated it. I followed the recipe exactly but it turned out horrible. Way to much celery. NOW I take pride in my Tuna casseroel because I know its out of this world!!
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
I had some leftover Kale from making Kale Chips last night and wanted to find a recipe to us up the remaining. This was very good. I made a few changes. I did not use bacon, and to me I really did not miss it. I also added slices of smoked sausage which added a nice flavor in addition to the sausage. Instead of cream I used fat free half and half. This was a very flavorful soup and I added a hefty dose of Parmesan Cheese just before serving. Yummy.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2013
Absolute Mexican Cornbread
Fantastic...I cut the butter back to 1/2 C. and only added 1/2 C. sugar. Added the full amount of green chilies. I used a full cup of Pepperjack. This was wonderful and got great reviews tonight from our friends. Served with Chicken Enchilada Verde, Mexican Bean Salad. Fantasitc meal.....

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2011
Chocolate Caramel Nut Cheesecake
This is the second time I have made this in 2 weeks. Reason being that someone loved it so much they wanted me to make one for them to take to a holiday party..I received so many compliments!!! I followed the recipe exactly and added carmel and more chopped snickers bars to the top. The cheesecake is not overly sweet which is what makes this works. I also put mine in a water bath. Will I make again ABSOLUTELY!!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010

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