Shanna Profile - (10585743)

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Living In: Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert
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About this Cook
I love to cook and I love to make people happy with food. In Mexico, they have a saying for when a woman learns to cook: "Ya te puedes casar." (Translation: You can get married now.) Well, I didn't have a lot of cooking experience when I got married (my husband is from Mexico). The first two years or so were a bit tough, but I've come to love cooking, something I never thought I had a talent for. I've gone from burning every pancake I put in the pan and having half the batter mix in my hair (something my husband refers to fondly) to regularly hearing the words, "You can get married now." It is very satisfying to know my family enjoys the food I prepare so much, especially since I used to be such a disaster in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
Dessert! Dessert! Dessert!
My cooking triumphs
Learning to cook from scratch. In order to eat healthier and avoid a lot of trash we get in processed foods these days, I've grown accustomed to making many things at home. Bread, cream soups, sauces, pretty much anything to avoid something in a can or a box. No Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker box mixes here! And it's nice to know what I'm giving to my family. I am very diligent in checking ingredient labels. My husband will bring home something from the grocery store bakery and the list is a mile long. No thank you!
My cooking tragedies
No matter how I succeed in other areas, I am yet to master meatloaf or biscuits. They just don't like me, I guess!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Easy Chicken Posole
This is so easy! I've been to lots of Mexican parties and eaten posole and this tastes exactly the same. My husband is from Mexico and he is hard to please when it comes to making authentic Mexican dishes. He loved this and it has become a regular in our dinner rotation. The only thing I do differently is to use chicken thighs (the dark meat has more flavor) and I reduce the chili powder. I boil the thighs, then remove them when they are done, pour the remaining liquid through a strainer and save the broth. I add it back where the recipe calls for it, adding more water and some chicken bouillon if needed. I don't want it too spicy because of the kiddos so usually one, maybe two tablespoons of chili powder is sufficient. Also, I'm usually in a hurry so I've never let it simmer 90 minutes. Maybe 20 max. We garnish with chopped radishes, lettuce, fresh squeezed lime, and sometimes crushed tostadas. One of my favorite meals, and easy and quick to prepare.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2014
Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge
I don't make this very often because I can't stop eating it. I don't usually like peanut butter but this stuff is addicting! And it is so easy to prepare so I have to make extra efforts to control myself and not give into making it whenever I need a sugar fix. Recipe is great as is, but I have been in a bind and had to use canola oil instead of butter and it tasted just as good.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2014
Cinnamon Belgian Waffles
These were delicious! I ignored the other reviews about the servings and doubled the recipe anyway (for me, my hubby, and 3 kids). I would say that was a mistake because it made so many (15.5 regular size waffles. Yes there was a "half"- I wasn't about to let that last little bit go to waste!), but I couldn't stop eating it and in the end there were only 2.5 left. I ate four and had to stop myself. My 5 year old ate 2.5, which is a LOT for her. She usually barely eats 1. The only thing I would change is to add more cinnamon. I could barely taste it which I thought was odd since they are called "Cinnamon Belgian Waffles." Next time I'll definitely put more.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2013

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