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ShannyBanany


ShannyBanany
 
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Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a 20-something single girl that thought for years that I hated cooking. However, once I moved out on my own and had to cook ... and started cooking things that I liked, I realized that I loved it!! I love to go to the grocery store and pick one random thing that I have either never eaten or never cooked before, take it home, and see what kind of interesting taste treat I can come up with. And I have to say over the last few years I have really impressed myself!
My favorite things to cook
I will try my hand at cooking just about anything. If it sounds interesting and yummy I will try it. I also like baking, although I hate making pie crust, lol.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family never really had cooking traditions, other than making the same menu for just about every holiday, which I was never a fan of. lol. The one thing that I always remember being special to me were the "special dishes" each of my grandmother's made. My dad's mom made a sweet potato casserole, complete with marshmallows and brown sugar for almost every holiday; while my mom's mom made (and still continues to make) pizzelle cookies for most holidays. She always sets a special container of them aside for me! ;)
My cooking triumphs
I think just realizing that I was a much better cook than I thought was a triumph in itself. Each time I make something that I love, that I get rave reviews from, that some one asks me the recipe for, or that is a new food item ... I consider that a notch in my apron strings! ;)
My cooking tragedies
My tragedies are not really cooking so much as things I manage to do in the kitchen while I'm cooking, lol. I have had my fair share of melting and exploding dishes from sitting them on a burner that I mistakenly turned on. And I'm a master at dropping and breaking anything glass ... lets just say I'm a clumsy cook and you might want to make sure you are wearing shoes when walking in my kitchen! LOL
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Tangy Tuna Black Bean Quesadillas
I was looking for a different way to use up some canned tuna and this worked pretty well; it sort of reminded me of a cross between a tuna melt and a quesadilla. I didn't have every ingredient on hand, so I used what I had and made a few changes. The changes I made were: I used 1/4c mayo, 1/4c regular sour cream, dash of curry powder, tbsp of cilantro, used a can of seasoned pinto beans unmashed(sort of had a smoky flavor) rather than the refried black beans and corn (I have a hard time eating corn), used 1/4c of chunky salsa and a few dashes of Frank's Red Hot to replace the wing sauce, I used fresh minced garlic rather than the garlic salt, added salt and pepper to taste, and added a handful of cheese into the blend. I mixed everything together, spread it on half of the tortillas, topped meat mixture with colby-jack cheese, folded the "empty" side over, and stuck them under the broiler until warm, melted, and crisp. The tortillas that I used were actually spinach wraps that I had on hand, but they tasted just fine. I served these with sour cream. Overall I thought they were pretty good, and think the black beans and wing sauce might have made for a nice combo if I would have had those items. I definitely think the added seasonings would have been needed either way, to meld some of the flavors together. And like other reviewers, I think the author made a mistake in measuring their garlic salt, and they likely meant to say "one teaspoon". I would make this again.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2014
Peanut Butter Cereal O's
I made these recently for a quick dessert to eat after a heavy meal. They were a perfect sweet treat and everyone loved them! I used generic toasted O's cereal and made them on the stove-top just like rice krispy squares, and it worked out fine. You have to be quick about it and use a low heat since the mini marshmallows melt fast and you don't want to burn them. I melted butter, added marshmallows, melted those, added peanut butter, mixed that all together then added the cereal. Poured and pressed it all into a greased casserole dish and let it harden for a while before finally cutting it into squares. Everyone loved them and they were still good the next day. Next time I might add some mini chocolate chips or a chocolate drizzle on top. Yum!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2013
Ratatouille Bake
I made this for dinner last night and it was a huge hit! I've been wanting to try a ratatouille recipe for a while now and liked this one because it seemed like a full meal, twist on the real thing. I followed the recipe almost exactly and doubled it so I would have leftovers (it was such a big hit that I had just enough to bring for lunch today! lol). Veggies I used: eggplant (skin on, diced, and treated), zucchini, yellow squash, green and yellow bell peppers, onion, portabella mushroom, and diced, canned tomatoes. The herbs I used were all fresh from my garden and I added a little oregano. For the cheese I used a mozzarella and provolone blend, as well as some parmesan that I was trying to use up. I stuck with the cheese ravioli, but I could definitely see this dish benefiting from a sausage or mushroom ravioli (something a little more savory than just cheese) or a mix of different raviolis. To treat the eggplant I took the suggestion of another reviewer and diced the eggplant, tossed it with some salt and let it sit for 30min. This definitely helped the "sponge" effect of the eggplant so it didn't immediately soak up all of the cooking oil, leaving the cooked eggplant with a nice texture and not too mushy or slimy, which can sometimes happen. I'm looking forward to my leftovers for lunch this afternoon because I think it's going to be even better the second day. This is definitely going to be a summertime staple at our house!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2013
 
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