chellebelle Profile - (1093987)

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Living In: Olympia, Washington, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook is the best! I've always collected recipes, but the opportunity to read about other cook's successes and failures with a recipe in the "reviews" section is SO helpful. Even if I find a recipe elsewhere, I will see if it is on so I can see how other cooks did with it. It has reduced my kitchen failures immensely. I really appreciate the other Allrecipes users who take the time to give helpful information about their experiences with a recipe. And it gives me a good chuckle (and shake of the head) to read the ones where a reviewer changed practically every ingredient and didn't follow the instructions but gave the *recipe* a bad rating or those who changed literally everything about a recipe but then give it a 5-star rating.
My favorite things to cook
I especially enjoy making desserts and appetizers to share with friends. At home, I make an effort to try a new recipe at a meal at least once a week.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My brother-in-law would boycott Christmas if I didn't bring a pan of Quick and Easy Monkey Bread for Christmas morning (he calls it "The Thing".) It makes me happy that something I make is so appreciated.
My cooking triumphs
I think I was most proud the first times I managed to get a traditional roast beef or roast turkey dinner on the table with everything ready at the same time. Timing the mashed potatoes, the meat and all of the other dishes is a challenge! I am also proud to have had some of my favorite recipes published on and have them well received. It would be depressing to see a lot of people say "yuck!" about something I submitted.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I have tried plenty of recipes that looked good on paper but just didn't turn out. My husband's favorite moniker for failed casseroles is "boat-anchor special." Here is my rating system for recipes on this site: 5 stars - Excellent, I will make this recipe again and again. 4 stars - Good, solid recipe that I would recommend to others. 3 stars - Decent, not a huge hit. 2 stars - Maybe somebody else would like this. I didn't. 1 star - Has major problems. I don't recommend it.
Recipe Reviews 605 reviews
Chewy Chocolate Cookies II
The instructions for this recipe really should indicate chilling the dough. It will cut down on the flatness of the cookies. Even with chilling though they are still fairly flat cookies, but there isn't anything wrong with that is there? They are delicious, moist, and chewy. Like the edge piece from a pan of brownies. I put an unwrapped Andes mint on each as they came out of the oven and swirled the chocolate after it was melted to make a yummy mint cookie for my holiday baking.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2009
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
We grew brussels sprouts in the garden this year, just for Thanksgiving. I've never liked them, but my folks do. My sprouts were on the small side so it only took 30 minutes to be a nice roasty brown. I was totally shocked to discover how sweet and delicious roasted brussels sprouts are! I did not use as much salt as called for (I did use Kosher but not as much) because we need to watch the sodium.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2009
Chocolate Orange Fondue
UPDATE- Looked in the fridge later and discovered I accidentally used half and half instead of heavy cream. That would be the cause of my failure, both the curdling and the thinness. Half and half NOT a reccomended substitute. This didn't turn out at all for me. First of all, adding the orange juice to my heavy cream managed to make it go sour and start to have little clumps in it. Then when I added the chocolate, it melted but you could still see the white globs from the cream. The texture seemed grainy and yet it was quite thin. There also was not much orange flavor and overall it didn't seem sweet enough to me.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2009
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