Melaney*Lynne Profile - (10271700)

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Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm from a small town in Illinois. Happily married for six years and a mom to four...Shayla 11, Mara 4, Max 3, and Liam 1. I am a wife/mom full time and I love it! I enjoy cooking, movies, art, dance, reading, shopping, and fitness/nutrition. Above all, I love my Lord and Savior! Thanks for stopping by my profile. Happy Cooking!!! :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything really...I find it fun and relaxing to cook or bake and I love to try new things. If it sounds "different" then I am up for trying it. I love cooking anything with alot of bold flavor and that is something out of the ordinary. I love taking a basic recipe and tweaking and enhancing it until I have improved it and made it my own!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom taught me to cook at a young age and I hope to pass it on to my children as well. It is a valuable tool to have and it has equipped me with the ability to cook nutritious meals for my family. It also lends me the ability and know how to be creative in the kitchen and have fun! The first recipe I ever came up with on my own was for fettuccini alfredo. The tradition of passing along cooking skills, mother to child for years in my family, allows me to experiment and come up with my own recipes that are now staples in my family!
My cooking triumphs
Creating meals out of ingredients that I have on hand and having them combine to make a delicious dish!
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm...occasionally I make a meal that the whole family turns up their noses at...and I have to agree with them. That's hard to take when you blow it...but I usually make up for it with something great the next time around!
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Chicken Chimichangas with Sour Cream Sauce
Ohhh yummmm!! These are SO good, granted I made a few of my own tweaks (hence the 4 stars...5 with my improvements though!), these really are delicious. I've made them twice, once following the recipe exactly and once with some changes. While it was great the first time, it was WOW the second! :) Here's what I did: double all the spices except salt (this adds SO much and not overpowering at all; really flavors the meat), cut the water down to 2 cups to speed up the time it takes to absorb, used pepperjack cheese instead of just montery jack, baked in a 400 oven for 10-15 min instead of frying. The first time I made the sauce I felt it was a bit bland, so this time I: made it in the same pan I cooked the chicken in (infusing it with the flavors and spices of the meat), added montery jack cheese, and a bit of lemon juice to brighten things up...made all the difference, the sauce was a hit! With my minor changes, this dish was a stand-out for my family and one I'll be making again and again!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2012
Easy Mexican Casserole
This is FANTASTIC!!! Honestly, when I saw the great reviews I thought, "Really? It looks to simple to be that delicious!" but my gosh is it!!! Yum! I left out the olives completely just because I don't like them and added 1/2 packet of taco seasoning to the meat as it was browning. I only used 2 cups of crushed tortilla chips and that was plenty. Use the chili beans; no, it doesn't seem 'Mexican-y' but it adds a great flavor. I doubled the green onion because I love it and it really tastes so good in this dish. I used a mix of cheddar and taco blend cheese on top. The only change I will be making for next time is to leave out the sour cream. When it baked it got an almost dry, 'curdled' like texture that I wasn't a fan of. I will just serve it at the table to dollop on top as I love dour cream and like the way the coolness of it offsets spicier Mexican dishes, but this us just my preference. What a great, easy casserole...Thanks so much for it!!! :)

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2011
Mom's Zucchini Bread
Great bread base! You could really do alot with this to mix it up (like shredded carrot, raisins, pineapple, and walnuts). I made this as zucchini bread for the first time and moist and tasty! Per other's suggestions, I decreased sugar to 2 cups and used 1 white and 1 brown, I used 1/2 oil and 1/2 applesauce, increased the zucchini to about 3 1/2 cups, eliminated the walnuts, and added 8 oz drained crushed pineapple and a crumb topping. Mmmmm! You cannot go wrong with this; my family ate almost a whole loaf just today...Thanks for a delicious recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2011

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