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Melody Dumplin

Melody Dumplin
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Prairieville, Louisiana, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Melody aka Dumplin & friends
About this Cook
I've been cooking since I was old enough to stand on a chair and cook. Over the last 30+ years I have refined my cooking to chef quality. I just love to cook!!!
My favorite things to cook
Dinner foods, lunches and appetizers. Soups, stews, gumbos and one dish meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Garlic belongs in just about ANYTHING!
My cooking triumphs
Too many to count. My most recent is my homemade chili. I am going to add the recipe here.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a child, I once tried to boil potatoes without water. It didn't work.
Recipe Reviews 34 reviews
Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken
This recipe by itself isn't very good, however, I read a bunch of the reviews and decided to use a lot of the added suggestions to come up with the best 5 star version of this recipe. I used a whole cut up chicken on the bones and with the skin. I used 3/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce, 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, 2 bay leaves, 1/8 cup red wine vinegar, a cup of chicken broth, a yellow onion, 2 tsp fresh ground ginger, a generous amount of granulated garlic and cracked pepper. I cooked it on high in the slow cooker for 4 hours and kept it on warm till dinner. I served it over white rice with a dark green salad and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. PERFECT!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2014
Easy Spanish Rice
I agree with all of the suggested recipe changes. I'm gonna use chopped onion, bell pepper and minced garlic while browning the rice and replace the tomatoes for a can of Rotel. The Cilantro is an absolute must have for this recipe! Then, I'm gonna use the cooking suggestions in the other reviews. I'm gonna accompany it with Black Beans flavored with onion and Andouille sausage and some beef and cheese Quesadillas with homemade salsa. Should be a great supper!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2014
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
I did a layer of potatoes, then onions, then large shrimp, then salt, pepper and creole seasoning, then another layer just like that. Then I made the sauce and poured it over the top then topped it with the rest of the cheese in the bag. Then I covered it with aluminum foil and cooked it on 375 for 1 1/2 hour. It was a one dish wonder!!! You can also add a layer of fresh spinach leaves to each layer to make it even more healthy or you can do a salad on the side. AWESOME!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2014
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