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Living In: Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Feb. 16, 2011 12:03 am 
Updated: Feb. 16, 2011 12:31 pm
I made the above mentioned recipe for dinner yesterday.  I love Guinness, so I used that for the liquid instead of beer.  I also didn't want to lose a single drop of Guinness to foaming, so I gently poured it into a slightly tilted bowl, which I then transferred (gently again) to the stew… MORE
Beer Braised Irish Stew with Colcannon (made with Guinness)
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Beer Braised Irish Stew with Colcannon (made with Guinness)
Beer Braised Irish Stew with Colcannon (made with Guinness)
About this Cook
married almost 5 years; college student; mommy to a 2 year old girl
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking chili, soups, and brownies. I have also come to enjoy cooking with squash immensely. My current favorite meal to throw together includes the cranberry sauce chicken II and autumn squash recipes from this very website.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family is just starting out, but we do make pecan pie every Thanksgiving and buckeye candies every year for Christmas. We've also taken to having pizza most Fridays, a tradition which our two year old is very enthusiastic about (she loves her "pita!").
My cooking triumphs
I once managed to pull off a cranberry orange roast chicken for Thanksgiving. More recently, I made a very tasty dinner of cranberry chicken, acorn squash, spinach with shallots, and biscuits. I have made the family turkey for the past two years in a row, which was met with rave reviews. Finally, I have started learning how to use an icing bag and decorating tips to decorate cupcakes.
My cooking tragedies
While making cranberry sauce chicken, I used a too-shallow baking dish and ended up with a very smokey home as the sauce bubbled over and burned on the bottom of my oven. The neighbors probably thought I had set the kitchen on fire. Fortunately, it was just my sauce!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon
I was so happy with how this stew turned out. The only changes I made were to use pre-cubed beef stew meat, Guinness instead of beer, and pre-crumbled bacon for the colcannon (I ran out of time and just so happened to have some in my refrigerator). The colcannon was just buttery enough and the cabbage was perfectly cooked. I always hand-mash my potatoes, so that's the only change I made to the methods. The stew had the perfect amount of liquid and the beef was so tender. The carrots didn't turn to mush, which I was concerned about. The overall flavor was excellent. My husband even loved it! I will definitely make this recipe in the future. In fact, I'm thinking about serving it to friends next time we have them over for dinner.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2011
Orange Soy Pork Loin
I didn't get much orange flavor out of this, but the overall flavor of the pork was nice. I might add more juice next time, but that's my own personal preference. The pork cooked very well and looked very nice when it came out of the oven.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2011
Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing
This is my first time attempting buttercream, so I decided to try this one since it is very straight forward. I was going for an orange flavor, so I substituted orange extract for vanilla. It is very tasty. I can't wait to frost my pumpkin spice cupcakes with it once they've cooled!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2010

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