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Melissa Mynarich Vanderlaan

Melissa Mynarich Vanderlaan
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Reading Books, Music
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Dole Whip
About this Cook
I teach a foods class in high school!
My favorite things to cook
Chili, pumpkin pie, apple pie, brownies, stuffed peppers, cookies, omlettes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday desserts!
My cooking triumphs
Developing my own awesome chili recipe then having a party every October to serve it to all my friends and family.
My cooking tragedies
Apple Turnovers - One of my best friends and I try to make them every year and they NEVER turn out. What a mess!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
So easy, so good - I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sauce - just enough to coat, then I let my guests add additional sauce to their own sandwiches.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2012
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
I also made suggested modifications: 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1 Tbsp. vanilla. I reduced the water to 1 Tbsp. and I waited to add the vanilla until just before pouring on the apples to make the filling. I did not want the vanilla to cook away while it simmered. I baked the pie at 325 for one hour. Awesome pie!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2011
Baked Coconut Shrimp
So good! I'm not even a huge coconut fan but I had coconut shrimp at a restaurant and couldn't get it out of my mind. This recipe was delicious as written. I did not turn my shrimp halfway through baking and they were still crisp.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2011
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