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Marlena C.

Marlena C.
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Living In: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm happiest when I am making others laugh, and if there's good food around, hey - instant party! My perfect Sunday is spending hours in the kitchen preparing a tasty, new dish (unless it's football season, then you can't get me away from the TV). I started cooking in January 2007, after entering a new relationship. The relationship is over, but my love of cooking has grown!
My favorite things to cook
When I am cooking for myself, I prefer stir fried chicken and veggies (why make a big fuss if it's only for me?). However, since I've been cooking a litte more seriously, I've found a fabulous lasagna (from the Taste of Home cookbook), an incredibly tasty sausage soup (made even better by other cooks' reviews), and I just recently printed out some BBQ shrimp recipes to try ... I'll keep you posted! UPDATE: I've found a lot of great shrimp marinades .. see my reviews for favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hm. I don't have too many of these. I had a wonderful southern Granny who had the best recipes for Fried Chicken with Grease Gravy and Red Velvet Cake. That's as close to family cooking traditions as I can get.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely the lasagna! Chris (mockingly) got down on one knee after just one bite! I've had success experimenting with veggies - the baked asparagus with sauteed mushrooms is probably the best one. Although my No-Fry French Fries are pretty good too (I think the sage is what makes 'em so great!). UPDATE: My ex-boyfriend flipped over Grandma Ople's Apple Pie, and started calling me his little amateur chef.
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully, I haven't had too many of these yet, and I've never had to send out for an emergency pizza. However, I am new to this, so just give me some time! I'll keep you updated on this as well... UPDATE - okay, almost had to send out for an emergency pizza after making the Szechwan Shrimp (just terrible!), but it was Halloween, so I just ate candy.
Recipe Reviews 61 reviews
Chef John's Crab Cakes
Oh, my! Simple and delicious.. doesn't get much better than that, kids! My dinner companion loves this and said it was of restaurant-quality. I will never order crab cakes again. It's this recipe or nothing Rock on, Chef John and keep those recipes coming! I served these crab cakes with Chef John's Spicy Mango Sauce, sweet potato fries, and sauteed green beans. Delish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2014
Chocolate Cheese Frosting
Amazing! This is my new favorite chocolate frosting. The hint of cinnamon is unexpected and delicious with the cocoa. I have used this several times on a two layer yellow cake (9" pans) and there is always enough. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my father's favorite, and the whole family looks forward to it with this frosting. Highly recommended.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2012
Chicken Marsala
One of my favorites! I use chicken tenderloins to cut down on time (and I think they are easier to handle when flouring and getting them to fit in the pan). I always add extra mushrooms because I love them. The recipe is quick and easy. I pair this chicken with roasted potatoes and spinach for a delicious weeknight meal.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2012
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