GWENMBELL Profile - (1318172)

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Home Town: Houston, Texas, USA
Living In: Katy, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Reading Books, Genealogy
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Chicken Enchiladas
About this Cook
Love comfort food, but made easy because of busy career and family responsibilities. I am also a traditional cook so I have some recipes that I have now handed down to the 4th generation of family cooks....some could probably be credited to prior generations but honestly, I learned to cook from my grandmothers - one from East Texas and the other from Central Texas - both amazing bakers and cooks.
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles and one-pot meals for easy lunch the next day at work. Baking unique and impressive sweets for family get-togethers, friends and co-workers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditional holiday fare, made-from-scratch baked goods, and experimental throw-togethers from the pantry and freezer.
My cooking triumphs
Pitched a cookbook fundraiser for charity to a professional organization which was a huge success. The result was a 490-recipe, 3-ring binder cookbook with over 2,400 units sold, substantially under publisher's suggested retail price, and garnered $23,000 for cost of publishing and grassroots marketing PLUS $16,000 for charity and approx. $1,000 in seed money for next project. Recipes were submitted from around the world and several were identified early on as definite must-haves.
My cooking tragedies
Pecan pie. I cannot get one to turn out. Have been shown up by my 21-year-old niece who has scored everytime with a recipe from the cookbook I was involved in publishing. She says the cookbook is the greatest gift she has ever received...especially because she married early last year and is now expecting her first baby. UPDATE: My niece (now 24) finally told me which Pecan Pie recipe she uses, gave me her secret twist, and last weekend I had my first success! Woo Hoo! Maybe I'll tackle a cherry pie next!
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Texas Sheet Cake V
My husband and his chocoholic brothers love this cake......although, some of them prefer to leave the icing off. I follow the recipe exactly except that I bake in a stard 9 x 13 pan for a thicker cake and I add 20 minutes to the bake time.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 6, 2014
Country-Style Steak
Delicious! Made these for hubby last week but he insisted that he didn't want me to braise the steaks in the gravy so I just flipped the steaks an extra time, making sure they were cooked through, and served the gravy on the side with mashed potatoes and a garden salad, kind of like chicken fried steak but without the extra breading. I reheated the leftovers immersed in the gravy in the oven as in the original instructions and they were even better than when freshly fried. I do not expect him to object to the original method again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2014
Quick Brussels and Bacon
I made these with fresh-from-the-garden sprouts last week and they were delish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2014
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