• Joined January, 2011
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I live in rural southwest Michigan.  I love to be outside (more so in the summer than winter!) working in my yard/garden, camping and hiking.  I am an avid reader - I will read just about anything put in front of me if it's written well.  Of course I love to cook.  I like to experiement and try new things, but keep it simple.  I am not into "gourmet" cooking.  I'd say I'm more of a country cook.  I am a stay at home mom and am currently homeschooling my youngest child.  I have been married for almost 12 years now and live a pretty ordinary life in the country. I love a wide range of foods but pasta is probably my favorite. I like to experiment and try different things. I try not to cook the same things over and over. I prefer to cook from "scratch" and try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

My Most Recent Ratings

Braised Herb Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Braised Herb Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Made for dinner tonight. It was simple and delicious. Will definitely make again. Whole house smelled sooo good while cooking. — mraguirre22 3/4/2014
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Very good soup. Didn't have corn tortillas so I buttered flour tortillas like another reviewer (buttery, slightly crispy-very good with soup). — Beachbumette 1/11/2014
Soup: North Woods Bean Soup

Soup: North Woods Bean Soup

This soup was delicious. Only thing I did different was using frozen Kale instead of spinach and no peas. Family really enjoyed it!! — katehandel 11/19/2013
Quinoa 'N Cheese

Quinoa 'N Cheese

We're pretty new to quinoa so haven't had it alot, but this was definitely my favorite so far (my eleven year old loved it!!). We had it without the toppings so it was a little dry - will definintely top it next time. Very yummy. — andreaiacovetta 11/3/2013
7 Layer Salad

7 Layer Salad

This salad is so good!! Left out celery (didn't have any on hand) and used the rest of a red bell pepper I had instead of green - no changes that would really effect the much. Whole family enjoyed it very much. — NancyGranade 6/23/2013
Black Bean Cakes with Southwestern Sauce

Black Bean Cakes with Southwestern Sauce

Very good!! Liked it alot. I was also confused about masa on the ingredients list but no directions as to where it is used, so I left it out. Next time I think I'll add it to the cornmeal - I'm thinking it'll help hold the cakes together and brown better. Also ended up using oil as spray just didn't help with browning. Will definitely make again. 6/23/2013
Hot Fudge Slow Cooker Cake

Hot Fudge Slow Cooker Cake

Yummy!! Great summer treat. Will definitely make again. — Lisa143 6/23/2013
The Best Beef Stroganoff

The Best Beef Stroganoff

We loved this dish. Very tasty and easy to make. Will definitely make this again. — sunnyd36 3/24/2013
Easy Pizza Sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce

I thought this was a really good, simple pizza sauce. — melarky 2/7/2013
Chicken, Quinoa and Corn Stew (r T)

Chicken, Quinoa and Corn Stew (r T)

Good flavor but blah in color. Next time I make it (because I will definitely make it again) I think I'll add some color - like carrots, peppers and/or broccoli. 2/7/2013
Hamburger Supper 2

Hamburger Supper 2

Not bad. I didn't have dried gravy so used a jar gravey instead. Family liked it- compared it to a Hamburger Helper which I am not a fan of myself - flavor was good though. — rotts4me 2/3/2013
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

I made this for dinner last night. It tasted pretty good. 10/21/2012
Soft Dinner Rolls

Soft Dinner Rolls

I made these for dinner yesterday. I thought they were easy to make and turned out well. My family really enjoyed them, not just for dinner, but as a snack later. — sgrishka 10/21/2012
Stuffed shells

Stuffed shells

This, with my homemade sauce, was excellent. Will definately make this again. — adewar 7/25/2012
Chicken and Mushrooms in Wine Sauce

Chicken and Mushrooms in Wine Sauce

Was very good. I used the chicken broth instead of the wine as indicated in the recipe. — CookingPassion 7/3/2012
Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert

Made this for a family get together. It was so good. It went fast!! Will definately make it again. And again. And again!! — webtexan 7/3/2012
Sesame Hamburger Buns

Sesame Hamburger Buns

These hamburger buns were delicious and so easy to make!! Will definately make these again....and again....and again. — ellie36 4/30/2012
Jodie's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Jodie's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This soup was delicious. I did not have heavy cream so substituted whole milk instead. The whole family loved it. — Jojobean24 4/24/2012
Asian Orange Chicken

Asian Orange Chicken

My 9 year old daughter and I loved this recipe. It was easy and delicious. — buggyglint 1/3/2012
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Delicious!! Whole family enjoyed them. The sauce was sooo good! 9/27/2011

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