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    Member since Oct 2002

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    About Me

    I live on top of a ridge overlooking a lovely little valley. I'm a wife and stay-at-home mom to a pair of English Bulldogs, a Chow mix, and a trio of calico cats. My husband makes the world safe for tooth models everywhere (he makes toothpaste tubes and travels the world doing it). We both love food, probably more than we should. He is absolutely addicted to kitchen gadgets, and I spend a lot of time trying to keep him from buying every single one he comes across. They aren't all quite as useful as their infomercials would have you believe, you know. Wink

    I love to cook, though haven't really done much in the way of creating my own recipes because despite all the cakes I made as a kid and all the times I got roped into being the official pudding stirer at the holidays, I never learned how to cook real food from my mother, which is one of my greatest regrets. She died when I was still in my teens, so that was one lesson she never got to teach me. I get my love of food from her, though, and have spent most of my life trying to duplicate some of my favorite dishes from my childhood.

    Favorite Foods

    Southern! I was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi so Southern food and cooking is a big part of me. Go Black-Eyed Peas! God Bless my poor husband, he was born north of the Mason-Dixon line, so I've had to train him to eat proper foods. The man had never had a black-eyed pea before he met me! :)

    I also love hot foods, meaning spicy. I love things with kick. I make homemade salsa when we can get our hands on fresh tomatoes and there's always plenty of jalapeños in it. That's another thing I had to teach my husband. He's learned, though, and now he likes it hot, too.

    I could live off a pot of peas or beans and cornbread. (Not sweet, and not yellow, thank you.) Oh, and for the non-Southern among you, BBQ is never, ever ground beef mixed with Manwich or any other similar BBQ type sauce. I like Sloppy Joes as much as the next person, but they are NOT barbecue! BBQ is pork, slow-smoked until it can literally be pulled apart with the fingers. I've learned to appreciate the Texas version of BBQ, which is beef brisket puth through the same slow-smoked process. I had a sister who married a Texan and who taught me how to cook it. Hubby and I smoke often during the warmer months so we can fill the freezer with brisket and pulled pork. Living up here in Yankee land, finding good BBQ is like finding a needle in a haystack, and if you do find it, it's often absurdly expensive. So we make our own.

    I was raised in a family where a cake was baked for every birthday or other occasion, and this was often my job. I couldn't begin to count the times my mother and I made homemade cookies together. Nor would I dare to estimate the pounds of sugar gone through during the marathon cooking that took place at Thanksgiving and Christmas, where we always needed a separate table just to hold the homemade cakes, pies, puddings, candies and other miscellaneous desserts. There was never any shortage of regular food, either.

    I've adapted some of my recipes and methods of cooking to suit my husband's Northern tastes, but there are a few things I flatly refuse to change. Baked ham is one of them. He's fine with that, though, since he's more of a turkey guy, anyway. I've been living up here all my adult life, which a friend from childhood recently mentioned totals to longer than the 17 years that I lived in the South. I still call myself Southern, however, and always will.

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