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Morgan Roe Shaw Raymond

Morgan Roe Shaw Raymond
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Millbrook, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Mom of 3, married to 2nd husband. Belong to high school band boosters & local Parrothead club. Love the beach.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, stir-fry, cakes & cookies. I love to find delicious recipes that use only a few ingredients, so I can teach them to my kids.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas gifts- my mom's Mincemeat cake doused in rum, also rum or whiskey balls. Teachers get holiday shaped pretzels (from Sam's) dipped in white or dark chocolate & drizzled with the opposite chocolate. I make fudge too. Pascha (Easter)- I bake Kulich (a fruit-filled yeast bread, like a pannetone) & make Pascha cheese, also fruit-filled & sweet. Thanksgiving- The pumpkin pies are always made from our Halloween jack o'lantern, which I cook on Nov 1 & freeze.
My cooking triumphs
My first attempt at Chicken Kiev came out perfectly. I had an awesome black bean salsa at a buffet, went home & improved it. It's now a standard request when I'm invited to parties. I made Jerk Chicken,& after it went on the grill, I coudn't stand the thought of throwing out the wonderful marinade the raw chicken had been in. I mixed it with a couple pounds of ground turkey & made Jerk Turkey Balls. Now I don't even bother with the chicken.
My cooking tragedies
'That bread', which was an unfortunate loaf that turned out like a brick. I kept it in my freezer for a couple of years, and threatened to serve it to my husband whenever he made me mad.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Tricia's Pineapple Cheese Casserole
I made a half-batch the first time to make sure my family would eat it. It disappeared quickly! I used a 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, which seemed to make a good balance with the rest of the ingredients.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2010
Margarita Cake
I made two batches as cupcakes for a Cinco de Mayo Parrothead party. I used yellow cake mix (not lemon), regular vanilla instant pudding & lime juice instead of lemon. I added a small box of regular lime jello for flavor/color (half box per batch). It made about 6 dozen cupcakes total (filled 1/2way). I doubled the glaze recipe (twice) & added a dash of the jello mix. I poked holes in the tops & glazed them twice, letting it sink in. Then I added 1 cup more powdered sugar to remaining glaze & iced them. I tried to rim cakes with glaze & sprinkle on margarita salt, but it seemed too much. I'll try adding a Tbsp of salt to glaze next time. People were a bit leary of these at first, but once a few tried them, they dove into them. There was so much glaze inside, the texture was almost like bread pudding. The thicker glaze on top hardened & kept all the moisture in. Will definately make again! Since I made them as cupcakes & had added the jell-o, I called them Margarita Jell-o Shot cakes.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 7, 2007
Sangria Ham
I made this today for Pascha (Easter). I used a 6 1/2 lb. ready-to-cook smoked half ham, shank end, and Boone's Farm Sangria. I changed the recipe slightly: I only used about a half pound of brown sugar, which covered the ham just fine. Also, I put the lid on the roasting pan after I added the first cup of wine & juice. After the next 20 minutes, I basted with all the rest of the liquid and re-covered the pan. I lowered the temperature to 325 at the end of the first hour, and continued basting each 20 minutes for a second hour, which brought it up to an internal temperature of 170, so it didn't need to cook longer. This ham was very moist and flavorful, with a smoky sweetness. I generally prefer a honey-baked ham, but this was almost as good. I also enjoyed how simple it was for such a good result.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2007

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