Debbie Allen Profile - Allrecipes.com (10703197)

cook's profile

Debbie Allen


Debbie Allen
 
Home Town: Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Beebe, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Southern, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies:
  •    
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
About this Cook
I love to cook and I love Allrecipes.com. I am a fulltime nurse in the operating room and am on call two weeks out of the month. I live with my husband, Tim and our 21 year old son, Luke. Our 27 year old daughter, Aimee ,is married and lives out of state. When I married 28 years, I thought I could cook, but Tim told me otherwise. For my mother, cooking was a chore, something to get done as quickly as possible, but for his mother, cooking was serious and something to take pride in. She is from South Louisiana and taught me to use spices liberally and to cook slowly. My younger sister has travelled extensively and lived abroad, so she has a very refined palate. When she moved home, she taught me to enjoy gourmet food and use fresh herbs, and I taught her how to cook southern food. She is now in culinary school and is a wonderful cook. It is very flattering that she considers me to be the better cook.
My favorite things to cook
Soups and stews in the fall and winter. I am especially drawn to foods which have a gourmet/comfort feel to them. I love baking- especially cakes, but I got too fat and had to cut back on that! I want to learn how to cook more "summer foods" Because I work so much, but love to cook and eat well, I take full advantage of Allrecipes. com. On payday, I look over my recipe box and decide what I want to cook for that week. I send those recipes to the shopping list- print- add any other staples Im short on and make quick work of grocery shopping! That evening and weekend, I cook, cut, shred, freeze and refrigerate everything that I can, so that in the evenings after work, all I have to do is put together and cook/reheat meals that I love and am proud to serve my family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking tradition is my mother-in-laws' famous Seafood Gumbo. She cooks it everytime the family gets together, and it just wouldnt be right if she didnt. She also makes awesome chicken dumplings. My mother, who is not the greatest cook, does have a good Chicken Cornbread Dressing which my daughter recently requested the recipe for, as well as a sweet potato casserole. My sister and I are creating our own cooking traditions, and I love sharing recipes with my daughter, Aimee. Allreipes makes it easy: I just email them to her and their is a place to enter any changes that I have made. My ultimate cooking goal is for Tim to learn to cook so that we can prepare meals together. He is beginning to help me somewhat in the kitchen. When I find him looking up recipes on Allrecipes to share with me, my goal will have been fulfilled!!
My cooking triumphs
When I cooked my first seafood gumbo with my mother-in-laws recipe, and it tasted just like hers! I am so proud to have that recipe, and when she is long gone, her gumbo will still be enjoyed by her family.
My cooking tragedies
The first breakfast that I cooked for my husband, and he wouldnt even eat it. Im glad that I cared, and eventually learned how to cook. If someone presented that first breakfast to me today, I would probably do just as he did.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
This frosting is delicious. My husband is allergic to peanuts, so I substituted soy butter and added a package of philly cream cheese! Very light and fluffy. Delicious on the Argo Pumpkin cupcakes from this site!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2010
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE RECIPE MY MOTHER USED WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. I HAVE FOUND THAT THE GRAVY IS TOO THIN FOR MY TASTE WHEN COOKED AS DIRECTED. I DID LIKE OTHERS AND SEASONED MY ROAST WELL WITH RED PEPPER AND SEASONED SALT. BROWNED IN A SKILLET- THEN MADE A ROUX - ADDING ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE GRAVY THE CONSISTENCY I LIKE. I THEN PUT ROAST/GRAVY IN CROCK POT AND ADDED OTHER INGREDIENTS AS SUGGESTED IN RECIPE. MADE A MUCH MORE ROBUST GRAVY.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2008
Chicken Enchiladas II
GREAT ENCHILADAS!!! I DIDNT CHANGE THE RECIPE AT ALL. BOTH MY HUSBAND AND SON LOVED THEM!! THANKS. I WILL TRY NEXT TIME WITH CORN TORTILLAS AS RECOMMENDED BY ANOTHER MEMBER. THANKS

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2008
 
ADVERTISEMENT

In Season

Delightful Summer Parties
Delightful Summer Parties

All the little bites, cocktails, casual dishes, and desserts you want for your next get-together.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

Bake those overripe bananas into a delicious, easy loaf of quick bread.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States