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Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Meridian, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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Turkey Posole
Me and the kids, downtown Boise, ID.
About this Cook
I'm a mother of 3 with one grand-daughter. I have been married to my husband Scott for almost 18 years. I have lived in New Orleans and Las Vegas and now reside in Meridian, ID and love it. I work as a lunch lady at my youngest daughter, Julia's school.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook! I'll try anything and everything. Baking and slow cooking are my favorites. I love to organize and throw parties. Allrecipes has been apart of my life of cooking for over a decade now and I just couldn't live without it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
New Years appetizer party! Everyone invited brings various small bites of food and dessert to munch on all night long. I have an annual Mardi Gras party also. It's my favorite party of the year...Red Beans and Rice, corn bread, Shrimp Creole and of course a King cake!
My cooking triumphs
I became responsible for both Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas for both me and my husbands familys (about 20 or more people). For many years I would take great pride in this and had many wonderful times. My husband, children and I moved to different state where we have no family and spent our first holidays with just us. I still cooked enough for a small army!
My cooking tragedies
I have many. This is one of them. The first time I made lasagne I invited my husbands mother and grandmother over for dinner. This is about 12 years ago. I guess I put a little to much cheese and it just was a melty unedible mess on our plates. Oh yeah, I burnt the garlic bread. I felt terriblely, but everyone was very nice and understanding.
Recipe Reviews 86 reviews
Mock Strawberry Jam
WOW, This was so easy and delish!! It did take longer that 10 minutes to get this to boil though. First time jarring too. Thank you Patricia!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011
Peach Cake II
Very moist cake! Not very peachy though. More of the spice comes through instead of the peaches. Heated up with some vanilla ice cream...yummmmm.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 15, 2009
GA Peach Pound Cake
This is a very good recipe but it wasn't as peachy tasting as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, I will make this whenever I have fresh peaches!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 15, 2009
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