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Home Town: Erwinville, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
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About this Cook
I'm 'Mommy' to an eight-month-old baby and step-mom to a ten-year-old girl, so I'm non-stop--to say the least! I love life and traveling just as much as I love cooking. Although I live in the city, my heart is in the country, surrounded by horses, cows, and pets.
My favorite things to cook
I love hearty, flavorful meals. I don't do tons of sweets, but those that I fall in love with turn into repeats. :) I'm a Southern cook from south Louisiana, so I love delicious Cajun cuisine with a passion. I've also spent some time abroad, so I've tuned my palate for other flavors too, my favorite of which is French food. You simply can't go wrong with French food (or France!)! I've been to Morocco, Benin, and Jamaica, in addition to France, so I've grown to love dishes from each of those places.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love the holiday season because my mom and I always cook up a storm during this time of year. I also have fond memories of helping my grandma make an endless number of sweet potato pies during the holiday season. I miss being able to do that now. But, I'm looking forward to creating new cooking traditions with my own baby girl.
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Pesto Chicken
Quick and easy dinner. Yummy. I used bacon instead of prosciutto and put it on the top rack so it would crisp the bacon a bit, which caused a shell of sorts that trapped in heat and moisture. :) I think this would also be yummy with a nice meltable cheese inside.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2014
Chicken Enchiladas V
As-is, I give this recipe a 3. It lacked serious seasoning, but was a great base. I made it per the instructions, then after it was done, added a few things. Here's what I added: one packet McCormick brown gravy mix, extra kosher salt (to taste), a few dashes of Tony Chachere's seasoning. I'll make it again, but next time I'll add a can of sweet peas (I think they're important in beef stew) and extra carrots. It's yummy with the additions, though. Also, I didn't have red wine (the only part I initially didn't do per recipe), but I deglazed the pan with the same amount if water.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2014
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
I thought this recipe was delicious! Especially since it's a crock-pot recipe! I made it one day as a diet thing (to eat some soup before each meal to eliminate calories) and I've thoroughly enjoyed it--which is not common for me with tortilla soup. I usually feel like they have too much chili powder, but this one is not like that. The only thing that I think is a little less-than-great is the canned tomatoes. I want to try to find some jarred peeled tomatoes next time because I feel like canned tomatoes taste a little like aluminum (but that's just a personal preference thing). Also, for the chicken, I used about 5-6 chicken tenders and boiled them in salted water, then shredded them myself.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2013
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