Charly Profile - (10037468)

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Home Town: Western, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Western, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Slice of Pepperoni Bread
About this Cook
I'm definitely a busy lady, with 4 teenage daughters and a full time job BESIDES them! But one thing we can all appreciate is the pleasure in a good meal. All of my daughters know how to cook, and we all owe some of that to Allrecipes, for the convenience of looking up almost anything!
My favorite things to cook
I love to get creative with chicken and seafood dishes, in particular shellfish. Casseroles are fun to make, because it always feels like I'm a kid again, mixing up random things in a pot to see what it comes out like! On occassion, I enjoy cooking big breakfasts for my family on weekends, that involve "fancy" french toast and "gourmet" potatoes...the kids love it and so do I, when there is time and energy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always like it when one of the girls would decide what was for dinner, one night a week - it could be anything, as long as it was nutritionally balanced...we've gotten away from that in recent years, but I think it's time to bring it back!
My cooking triumphs
Definitely "never-fail oven chicken"; I have yet to submit it to Allrecipes, but I plan to; it's been a family recipe for several years, and it's just about the only recipe I can say I truly made up on my own, and truly never fails to please. Crab Cakes are another big one; I never thought I could pull that off, but a recipe on this site made that possible ;-).
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there...there is a 1000 character max in this field.
Recipe Reviews 36 reviews
Easy Meat Samosas
This was a very good samosa filling recipe. I will say that I wanted a "pie" recipe because I already had a pie crust to fill, so I didn't make the individual samosas, but I followed the recipe for the filling almost to the letter (didn't have peas, so used a can of corn, and used a full pound of ground beef). The flavor was amazing! Not too spicy, just the right amount of sweetness. I used a frozen pie crust, thawed out, then topped it with a refrigerated pie crust, brushed with the egg wash indicated here. I got rave reviews from my boyfriend - a staunch traditional meat pie guy - and my two adult children, one of which is a big fan of curry and samosas, in particular. I will make this again, next time trying with individual crusts. It was easy, you must try this, even if you think you don't like this kind of food.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2014
Quick Quiche
This was great for what it is - a quiche without a crust. I served it cold at a baby shower and it was yummy that way! I used a bit more cheese, just because I really like my quiches cheesy. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2013
Banana Coconut Loaf
Delish! I followed recipe almost exactly, only adding a handful of chocolate chips for fun and subsituting vanilla extract, as I didn't have almond. Boy, the smell alone was intoxicating enough to make me forget about the gift recipients this was for...then when I tasted a crumb that got stuck to the pan, I knew I was in danger of having to make another batch! I used mini loaf pans and got 3 out of this recipe. I did not have any problems with dryness/crumbling as some other reviewers did. My boyfriend insists that I make this for us often, now!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2013
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