sheila Profile - (10003657)


Home Town: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing
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About this Cook
I have been a member here in allrecipes for such a long time and so much has happened in my life. I remember trying all these recipes because my guy, as you can see in "My favorite things to cook" section ... loved my cooking. Well My Neil passed away 3 days before Christmas 2013. and so much has changed. I miss him so very much, I miss how he really loved when I tried something new - a lot of which came from allrecipes. I don't cook as much anymore - I don't seem to have as much joy in it. but I do still love to share and look at the new recipes. meanwhile, thanks to all for the recipes my Neil loved.
My favorite things to cook
My Fiance's favorite - Spaghetti, homemade sauce w/ mushrooms & sausage and garlic bread! and weekend breakfasts :) its experiment time! and I love to make Casseroles and crock pot meals - I LOVE to try new things especially though!
My favorite family cooking traditions
very Eastern European and Finnish/Scandinavian - anyone for Lefse or Lihapiirakka? :-)
My cooking triumphs
Holiday dinners for 30 to 50 regularly (full sit down ones!)and a rave review from everyone.
My cooking tragedies
other than burning the bacon? Cant think of a thing! :-) oh, and leaving the gizzards in the turkey and the time the salad dressing exploded and... hmmm well - there are too many to list here. If it could happen it did! Murphy's Law :)
Recipe Reviews 93 reviews
Apple Turnovers
Excellent! especially for fall! I admit that I too skipped the lemon bath, if you plan out all the things you need before hand and have all ready .. then peel and slice your apples, (or for those who really don't have the time to peel, core and slice - use canned! - without the syrup/liquid - reserve for a topping on ice cream with your turnovers) they don't have enough time to get that brown color. This recipe is really marvelous, but like probably a lot of us, I didnt have puff pastry in the house.. and I usually don't. It's a bit expensive too. I'll buy it only for major holidays but mostly I make it myself- there is a really good substitute - try Puff Pastry by Phaylock here on this site, it's soooo easy and way less expensive or try using the canned crescent rolls, roll out two together into a square joining them and then after filling fold from two corners into triangle. you can then decorate your edge... i do use a fork sometimes, but you can try other things to get a decorative edge, the flat of a knife or a bottle cap... This is a wonderful recipe and I'll make this again and again I'm sure!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2014
Peach-a-Berry Pie
SHEER DELIGHT! an absolutely amazing pie. I made two at the same time - and of course I had to make adjustments to what I had on hand - for two pies I used one can of drained peaches (reserved the syrup and used with some confectioners sugar for icing on a cake I made) and one bag of frozen peach slices defrosted and drained. I did have frozen raspberry's (again defrosted drained) I used a tad more sugar than called for maybe a quarter cup (I really dislike measuring), because these weren't fresh and nearing over-ripe peaches after all. I also added some nutmeg and cinnamon to the peaches. Here is where I erred: I should have kept the berries and the peaches separate I mixed everything together and the peach slices turned a lovely red. The pies were perfect, they were delicious, but I think I should have kept the fruit separate, put the peach slices in and then added the raspberry's over top.. I think presentationally, it would have looked a bit nicer. That said - This is a wonderful, delicious pie, it was raved over, I gave one to my neighbor and he and his wife have yet to stop talking about it. I think if one were to try different fruits... mango would work in place of peaches!! Thanks for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2014
Quick Chicken Soup
Excellent! This is so easy and simple! and... what an opportunity to use the leftover Sunday Roast chicken.. and that veggie side... and maybe that leftover white rice or barley or pasta.. YUMMMY Just add your favorite broth and herbs/spices. This is a perfect example of a delicious basic as is and versatile when you need it to be recipe. Hats off to the author!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 25, 2014
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