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LucyAnn Shortess

LucyAnn Shortess
Home Town: Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Dulles, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I'm always trying to find good vegetarian, kid-friendly meals. I don't like cooking with convenience or "fake" vegetarian foods though... honestly, if I wanted chicken nuggets I'd have chicken nuggets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's been interesting to learn new cuisines after growing up in Southern Louisiana. But you really can't beat a good Gumbo!
My cooking triumphs
My first tofu stirfry didn't come out as I wanted it to... it was much too spicy for either me or our son to eat, but my husband (who swears he hates tofu) thought it was ok. When I came back in the room he told me, "The chicken is really tender!"... you should have seen him backpedal when I laughed and said, "Um... you do realize that's tofu, right?" My Thanksgiving Turkey is pretty well liked in my family too... at least when I remember to turn the oven on! :)
My cooking tragedies
Oh, so very many. :)
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
These were great, and a lot easier than some other stuffed mushroom recipes I've tried in the past! I skipped the cayenne and went easy on the black pepper since my son doesn't tolerate it, and they were still great. I doubled the recipe and did 24 moderate sized mushrooms (one of the really big containers) and have a ton of leftover stuffing that we'll either make another batch or use it on bagels. Also subbed Neufatchel cheese for cream cheese since it's softer but with the same taste. VERY rich!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2009
Lighter Banana Muffins
Great activity for my two year old and I. I freeze bananas that are past their 'prime' (we'll only actually eat them still partially green), and he does the 'mashing' part and loves dumping the dry goods. Easy measurements make it easy to scale up as well. The batter is incredibly yummy too! ;) Just know they're very puffy, so don't overfill your muffin cups!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2007
Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
This was even easier than the recipe said. I used a food processor to do the chopping, which cut my prep time down to just about 10 minutes, and I used crushed tomatos instead of whole, which cut the simmering time down. The flavors matured with more simmering, but it was ready to eat pretty much as soon as it was warm enough - I think start to finish I had dinner table-ready in 30 minutes. We had it over rice and with some nice crusty bread. Yum!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2007

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