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Kelly O.

Kelly O.
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Living In: Flemington, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Charity Work
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Southwestern Green Chile with Pork Stew
About this Cook
I am a single mother of a 15 year old son. I have a couple of jobs and run a non-profit on a volunteer basis.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook meals that make my son feel good about coming home for dinner. Because I have to work a lot at night, I use the slow cooker a lot so that even on the nights when I'm waiting tables, my son can still come home to that "home-sweet-home" feeling of a hot meal ready and waiting for him.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm Irish American, but have lived all of my adult life in the Latino community and I was married to a man from South America. When we were in Colombia I learned to make empanadas from my mother-in-law. I still make them now for my son every Christmas and hope to one day teach his children how to make them, too.
My cooking triumphs
I once accidentally used unripe garlic cloves in a baked chicken dish. To my horror--and my son's delight--the garlic turned bright blue and turned the chicken I was cooking blue, too. Other than being blue, it tasted fantastic. My son still talks about that blue chicken, but I've never been able to quite reproduce it--neither the flavor OR the color! lol.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make habanero pepper sauce. Instead of blanching the peppers briefly, I boiled them for half an hour, filling the whole house with home-made pepper gas. It was so strong we had to evacuate the house and open all the windows to get rid of the pepper infused steam. The rest of the family wasn't too happy with me for awhile after that.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Artichoke Chicken
This was absolutely delicious,very juicy, very flavorful. I only had 1/4 cup of mayonaise left, so I used light blue cheese dressing to round it out. I used frozen artichokes and grated cheese and added a splash of lemon juice and a dash of garlic powder. I will make this again, it is a delicous but quick and easy entree for a busy night. I would recommend serving with a green salad and warm rolls for mopping up every drop of the delicious sauce. :)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2009
Cabbage Patch Stew
OMG I can't believe I found this recipe here! This was a favorite that my grandmother used to make for us whenever we came to visit. She always topped it off with Bisquick dumplings when she made it, which was our favorite part for sopping up the sauce. I can't wait to make this for my son one day soon.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2009
Roast Chicken with Rosemary
I made this recipe with the modifications suggested by other reviewers, namely adding lemon to onion and rosemary inside the chicken, rubbing the outside with oil, rosemary and lemon zest, and filling the pan with carrots, parsnips, and onions and pouring a couple of cups of chicken stock over it all and basting frequently. I also cooked the bird breast-side down. This was by far the best chicken I've ever eaten, the meat was very moist and flavorful and the aroma in the house while it was cooking was mouthwatering. I highly recommend this recipe!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2008

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