House of Frolic and Mirth Blog at Allrecipes.com (9/2012)

House of Frolic and Mirth

 
Sep. 26, 2012 7:45 am 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 12:36 pm
I'll be honest, creating recipes is something I daydream about in my mind, but it doesn't always turn out like my imagination hoped. There are a few recipes out there that are "jrbaker originals" but I am most comfortable relying on the tried and true (and 5 star reviews) of the recipes I've… MORE
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jrbaker

Member Since
May 2001

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work

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About Me
I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. We tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I'm married to a wonderful guy and we have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog: http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my husband's birthday, I bake his favorite cheesecake, and my daughters get their favorite birthday cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
 
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