ShaniH Profile - (11890599)


Home Town: Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Full time mother, devoted wife, long time fashionista and former fashion professional who still loves to dress up, but is usually in yoga gear these days. Three energetic and constantly growing boys who are eating us out of house and home. When I married, I knew nothing of cooking. Thanks to a book of 30 minute recipes, I got over my fear and started experimenting. Had more misses than hits at first, but that first dish that I cooked well (40 clove garlic chicken) had me hooked! These days, I can follow a recipe with the best of them, but I'm not comfortable enough to improvise. Maybe someday...but to my kids, I am the best cook in the world and nothing makes me happier than a silent dinner table except for contented chewing and the occasional "mom, this is your best ever!"
My favorite things to cook
Slow cooker anything. Soups and stews are my specialty. Living in the north east, I love warm cozy food on a cold winter day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmmmm....My family was never really into cooking per se, we were more from the central NJ "take out/eat out" tradition. but my Nanny (grandma) made the best matzoh ball soup ever. I miss it to this day.
My cooking triumphs
Mastered cooking chicken without cutting it open to see if it's raw. We choked down a lot of leathery chicken until I learned that skill. I also made a killer four cheese lasagna that took almost all day to make. And I make great homemade chicken noodle soup. Who knew there are so many ways to screw it up?
My cooking tragedies
Too many to name. Burnt spaghetti. Set toaster oven on fire trying to make garlic toast, burnt rice so badly that I ruined the pot....and all of those well intentioned, but inedible meals I cooked before dumping in the trash and ordering in.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
My kids devoured this and are looking forward to the leftovers. I love how quick and easy it is - great recipe! I didn't change anything except to melt some provolone on top of the chicken. Served with corn on the cob. Delicious!!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2014
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies
My kids said these brownies should be illegal, they are that good! Followed recipe exactly, no complaints. Fudgey, chewy ridiculously yummy! Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for an amazing recipe! Would give ten stars if I could.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2013
Cracked Sugar Cookies I
I needed two tries with this recipe. The first time, I used chilled butter and tried to combine it with the sugar by hand. I must have warmed the butter in my hands too much because when I made the first batch, the whole thing melted together. I tried to refrigerate what was left of the dough, but then used a warm cookie tray. Big mistake. I've since learned that I should only use cooled cookie trays, and leave these cookies shaped in a ball. Don't flatten them or they won't have the fluffy consistency inside. My second go was much better. Combined slightly softened butter into the sugar with only my fingertips to avoid warming it too much. Then I mixed in the egg yolks and vanilla with a silicone spatula/spoon. Worked like a charm. Then I also worked in the dry goods a bit at a time until a nice dough ball formed. It was a bit crumbly in places, but as I worked them into balls, they held together well. After baking for 11 minutes, the tops were cracked, the bottoms slightly browned and chewy, chewy, chewy on the inside! I adore this recipe. I rolled the last batch in cinnamon sugar, and those were yummy too! After my 2 batch learning curve, I definitely will be making them again. By the way...three batches of cookies and I will be lucky to have ten left by tomorrow. My husband and kids are devouring these and calling them the best cookies ever! Thanks so much for an amazing recipe, and happy holidays to all!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2013

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