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Home Town: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Blog...  7 posts
Jan. 29, 2012 10:26 am 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2012 12:59 pm
Today is National Corn Chip Day! ┬áThe most famous of the corn chips, made by Frito Lay, come from our home state of Texas. ┬áLegend has it that a man by the name of C. E. Doolin bought the recipe for fried strips of corn meal dough from a man on the streets of San Antonio...paid $100 for… MORE
San Bernard River Shrimp Dip
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San Bernard River Shrimp Dip
About this Cook
I'm the former owner of Mint Condition Herb Farm, an organic herb nursery, gardening shop and cooking school in Seabrook, Texas. In July my husband and I moved from Texas to Asheville, North Carolina and began a whole new adventure...farmer's markets are everywhere and small farms are just down the road. it's a cooks paradise! I'm found every Saturday am at the UNC Farmer's Market picking what's fresh for our meals the next week!
My favorite things to cook
Chicken, seafood (NC seafood is awesome!), & I'm experimenting constantly with Shrimp & Grits. With so much local organic produce I'm canning, dehydrating and freezing as much as possible for the coming winter. Love to bake bread, any kind of bread. We no longer eat turkey though...we have huge flocks that wander our yard and it would seem too much like eating a pet! Guess it will be ham for the holidays this year!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cinnamon sticky buns during the Texas/A&M grudge match at Thanksgiving! Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies for whenever my husband isn't feel well!
My cooking triumphs
I catered lunch and snacks for the cast and crew of a History Channel documentary on The Making of the Alamo and even got screen credit! Having written 3 cookbooks (San Bernard River Recipes) that are now out of print, I'm working on Mint Condition Herb Farm's new cookbook! And hoping that will be my future cooking triumph! I'm also a former food writer and restaurant reviewer for the Houston Chronicle.
My cooking tragedies
My first loaf of boyfriend (now my husband of 34 years!) went around knocking on neighbor's doors with it, it was so hard!!!! I've gotten much much better he says!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon
First let me say that ANY stew that gets 5 stars from me is outstanding...I'm NOT a stew lover! Add to that, I'm not a fan of things braised in beer. And that's ALL this is braised in. But boy, we both loved this; did not change the recipe at all. And it will be fact I'll probably double the recipe next time so I can freeze it!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2012
Bittersweet Chocolate and Stout Beer Ice Cream
It was simple to make, but the texture once you added the beer (I used Guinness) became grainy. Still tasted good, but just didn't like the texture.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2012
Texas Pralines
The ingredients in this are correct, but it will take MUCH more time than is posted and you cannot rush it. Also, it makes MUCH more than 2 sheets of aluminum foil on 2 pans will hold...prepare 4. And make sure it is a LARGE sauce pan...the mixture will expand as it bubbles and cooks down somewhat. I agree with one of the other reviewers...240 is the proper temperature, not higher as it continues to cook and will go beyond the caramel stage. But don't attempt this without a candy thermometer or you will either have rock hard pralines or runny ones. They do taste remarkably like Lamme's Pralines!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2012
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