mamachef Profile - (11965163)


Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am happily married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and the mother of 4 great kids. I grew up as an Air Force brat, one of 8 kids. I learned to cook at an early age. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. I have always enjoyed cooking and now that my kids are in high school/college, they sometimes prepare the meal. We love eating! My husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so, I had to learn to adapt my cooking so it is gluten-free.
My favorite things to cook
I love to read cookbooks and recipes on-line. I love to try something new that I think my family will enjoy. My husband has a monthly meeting in our home and I always make a dessert (gluten-free, of course). They love it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
For Thanksgiving, I always have to make wild rice with mushrooms sauteed in butter as well as white rice. I make my mother-in-law's cranberry salad and at Christmas, I make my mom's version. My family always wants pecan and pumpkin pie, so I make a traditional version and a gluten-free version for hubby.
My cooking triumphs
Keeping my husband healthy with wonderful gluten-free meals; instilling in my kids a desire to cook and experiment in the kitchen (I know they won't starve when they get out on their own); hearing my family tell me how wonderful it is to have a mom/wife prepare so many good meals (I guess they know a lot of folks who don't cook so much).
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving I grilled a pork loin instead of the traditional turkey, just for a change. My kids said it didn't feel like Thanksgiving because they missed the turkey. I'll never live it down because every Thanksgiving, someone says, "remember the year we had pork loin?"
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style
This recipe is great! If I'm going to a party, this is the dip I'm always asked to bring. Thanks for giving me a signature dish! :) I use Bertolli Garlic Alfredo sauce in a jar and serve with tortilla chips.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2014
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II
I made this recipe to take to a Christmas party and served it with tortilla chips. Everyone loved it. I saved a little for my family to try, but, as I was making dinner I thought, "this would be really good spooned over tilapia". So, I put the chips away and after sauteeing the tilapia, I spooned the sauce on it and covered the pan for a few minutes so the sauce would warm up and melt a little. My family thought it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2012
Quick and Easy Lemon Pie
I thought this recipe was great on its own, however, for company, I decided to use a refrigerated pie crust that I baked before filling. I made it the day before so the pie would have plenty of time to "set". The next day I made raspberry sauce (from this site) and once that was cooled and thickened, I spread it on the pie and refrigerated until just before I was ready to serve it. I made my own whipped cream using heavy cream, spread that on top and garnished with fresh raspberries and mint leaves (for color). Oh my, the 2 flavors of lemon and raspberry blended beautifully. Everyone raved about the dessert, including my husband who was never a fan of lemon pie. I forgot to mention I had the smaller pudding boxes and ended up using 3, but doubling the rest of the ingredients, as I wanted extra filling to make parfaits for my gluten free family members. Thanks for posting a wonderful recipe I will definitely make again!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2012
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