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Melissa Arenson

Melissa Arenson
Home Town: Oak Grove, Missouri, USA
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Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I got married at 19, so I knew nothing about how to run a house. When I quit working to finish out my bachelor’s degree (student teaching) and then to complete my master’s degree full-time, I decided it was time to take up the role of house wife. I started cooking slow-cooker recipes that could cook while I was at school and then I discovered I LOVE to cook. It’s how I distress. My mother-in-law was a wonderful help and this website gave me lots of new ideas to try. Now I’m the best cook in both my family and my husband’s family!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking old-fashioned meals. I inherited a recipe from my mother-in-law for chicken and dumplings that is 5 generations old. I love fried chicken and salad wraps and anything Italian. Recently I’ve decided I’d like to be a great baker too because until now I’ve only focused on dinner-type meals. This Christmas break from school I intend to keep the whole neighborhood stuffed full of my baking experiments.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Just last Christmas my sister came over and we baked lots of gifts for the family. She has since moved away but will come back for two weeks at Christmas, so we intend to make it a tradition. Once I realized I loved to cook, I now host Christmas day dinner and Easter dinner.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely the chicken and dumplings. It takes a good two hours plus to make, but it’s soooooo worth it. I also make the best fried chicken anywhere (according to my husband). It took 5 years to perfect the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
Homemade truffles. I just can’t get them to work. I tried to make a truffle tree one year where you stick the truffles on toothpicks and put them in a craft cone so it looks like a tree and I couldn’t get the truffles to harden. Very sad!
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Hashbrown Breakfast Bake
I made this based on rating, but unfortunately I did not read the actual reviews before making it because I needed something put together quickly. I wish I HAD read the reviews! The hash browns really do need to be cooked ahead of time. They were soggy and not a great texture and made the casserole runny. And the ham was WAY too much. I put in less than was called for and I still feel like I'm just eating ham :/ And I agree with others that the milk to egg ratio is way off. Also, mine took almost 2 hours to cook fully! Not good since I was in a hurry. I would suggest making this in a 9x13 to speed things up.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2015
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
I have tried for years to find the perfect roast recipe that isn't to dry or dull. This one is it! Don't cook it for less time and I used low-sodium soy to make it less salty.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2013
Tomato and Mozzarella Bites
Nothing special. I found the dressing bland

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Reviewed On: Aug. 19, 2013
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