MindyLou Profile - Allrecipes.com (1217482)

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Home Town: A Small Town, Washington, USA
Living In: The Lilac City, Washington, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Quick Short Rib Stew
The Family
About this Cook
I was born into a plain old white american, 'casserole-making', no tradition family. So naturally, I can make a nice casserole, but I married into a difficult to BREAK INTO, highly traditioned, incredible food cooking, Italian family.
My favorite things to cook
Spaghetti (slow cooked with country style pork ribs) Homemade Italian sausage, Pan Fried potatoes, and home cured Italian olives. Clam spaghetti with mushrooms, & garbonzo bean salad Homemade Meat & Cheese Ravioli & Stuffed shells
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband enjoys all of the Great Italian cooking traditions. He is not a cook, but being Italian means that everyone helps in the process. He & his brother, cousins, and Grandpa will get together for 2 solid days making homemade Italian Sausage. It is quite the process. At Christmas-time, in past years, Nani (Grandma) & a house full will get together and make 'ravs', 'cause what would Christmas be without them? I am the only Grand-daughter-in-law who has shown an interest in the traditions, so I am 'told' when to show up for the preparations. (If you have an Italian family, you will understand being 'told' vs. being asked)
My cooking triumphs
When my husband & I first married, I was introduced to Scaleda. It's a fried Italian cookie that is light & crisp, with a honey glaze. I asked Nani for the recipe and she replied, "It's very hard, four steps, you wouldn't be able to make them." Through the years, I continued to ask, each time, the same reply..."Very hard, Four steps, you wouldn't be able to do it". But I persisted. Finally, when she felt I was worthy, and had shown enough talent (and I wouldn't sabbotage the recipe) she turned this recipe over. But first, making sure to add the final jab. "It's very hard" With the recipe in my hot little hands, the husband & I arrive home late, put the kids to bed, and got to work! Nine o'clock at night was probably not the time to start a recipe such as this. SEVERAL HOURS LATER, we had completed the rolling, cutting, & frying. We had to go to bed...the honey had to wait. It's such a large recipe, I think they cook for the Italian ARMY! Sheesh.
My cooking tragedies
My Cooking Triumphs (continued): The next day...late...that honey takes more time than I thought. I'm wishing, at this point, that I had just kept my mouth shut. They turn out beautifully. We bring them over to Nani for approval. Grandpa secretly tells me that mine are better than Nani's . I HAVE ARRIVED!!! Nani says, in her disapproving tone, "They're good. I'll need several dozen for Christmas." Hrmphh! Definately a cooking triumph, but now I'm 'the scaleda gal', and I'm not sure I want to be. I do love making them, I just wish I had more time. My cooking tragedies: Did you know that spaghetti isn't made from a seasoning packet and a can of tomato paste mixed with ground beef? I do NOW...how embarrassing.
Recipe Reviews 40 reviews
Easy Whipped Cream
My family has been making whipped cream for pies, etc. for years. I did take others advice and reduced the sour cream by half and adjusted the whipping cream. Never would have thought to put sour cream in it. This recipe is going in the recipe box. I'll have to pass on the secret to the rest of the family.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Dani's Butt Kickin' Bloody Mary Mix
Everyone loved it. We used green tobasco, and probably would have liked a spicier kick for our Bloody Mary. The flavor is really good - especially liked the horseradish. Took a risk on this even though it only had one review. Good risk.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Old School Mac n' Cheese
I've tried several different mac n' cheese recipes and this one I LOVE! Three reasons: 1. It has a little zip to it with the cheyenne pepper (don't cut back on the amount - even though it seems like a lot) 2. It makes 2 9x13 pans, so I can freeze one for another night. 3. It has flavor. The only thing I did differently was add cubed up pre-cooked ham right before adding the cheese mixture. Delish!

26 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2012

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