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Oct. 3, 2009 1:07 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2009 8:48 pm
Obviously, I must have hidden masochistic tendencies to want to blog my cooking, lol. But what the heck, if someone gets a chuckle out of this, it will be worth it. I'll only hyperlink recipes here, though. Any other recipes will get credit, but I won't list ingredients, steps, etc. People who write cookbooks deserve to get paid, too.

I live alone, and I hate to cook for myself. So I'm usually inflicting my cooking on family and friends (neither of which I seem to have a lot of, now that I'm thinking about it).

There's no point in dwelling on the past, so I will stick with future triumphs and failures. Tomorrow I'm going to give Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings by Janiece Mason a test run at my parents' house. If all goes well, I'll scale it up to 24 servings for a food party at work on Tuesday. My only concern is that the recipe looks a little bland, and my spicing skills are inversely proportional to my driving skills (sadly, I'm an excellent driver).
Oct. 3, 2009 1:46 pm
good luck! scaling spices in recipes is difficult.. taste and taste again!
Oct. 3, 2009 3:04 pm
Nice first blog. Mag
Oct. 3, 2009 4:19 pm
Hey Joe! You could use a cream of chicken soup with herbs, add salt & pepper and use chicken broth in place of the water. Fresh herbs would be nice as well. Hope that helps you.
Oct. 3, 2009 4:35 pm
Welcome to blogging Joe. Good job on your first entry. If you're scaling up on that recipe...and if you don't already know this...the rule is multiply all the ingredients by the servings you need EXCEPT anything that gives flavor ie:garlic, spices ...for this the rule is start at 1.5 times the original and then taste..then another 1.5 etc. Good luck
Oct. 3, 2009 5:40 pm
I just made that same recipe this past week, we really liked it just the way it was - one of those classic and simple comfort foods, you definitely could add some seasoning though. I think the chicken broth in place of water is a good starting place, then you can taste and see if you want more flavor at the end. I loved how easy that one was! :)
Oct. 5, 2009 6:32 pm
Hi Joe! Sometimes reading the most helpful reviews help - other times it doesn't because of personal taste or maybe because they changed it so much it could be a new recipe! I never made this one but I wanted to say that I wish I could be an excellent driver too!
Oct. 5, 2009 6:49 pm
I threw some recipes on here, but are not approved yet, I'm taking very easy for anyone, and awesome to eat :) give it a look when it goes through and tell me what ya think.
Oct. 5, 2009 7:57 pm
Hi Joe - Just because you live alone it doesn't follow that you shouldn't eat well. There are many recipes on here that are quick to prepare and very tasty. Join in on the Recipe Exchange and get suggestions.
Oct. 6, 2009 5:39 am
Joe, Got to love a man who wants to learn to cook. Just taste and season,and do it with love, you will be cooking great dishes in no time!! It becomes habit forming to see what great food you can recreate with a basic recipe and your own little spin on it,Good Luck, look forward to seeing how you are doing, keep us informed
Oct. 6, 2009 12:30 pm
Hiya Joe! I'm looking forward to reading your blogs. Hey...stop by the Recipe Exchange (there's a tab up near the middle of the top of the page to get to it) and say hi. There's a GREAT group of people that hang out there and they'll give you some awesome help with just about any issue you might have, cooking and otherwise.
Oct. 6, 2009 8:21 pm
The recipe IS a little bland...when I made it, I think I added carrots, celery, onions and all that good stuff. Oh and probably a good shake of hot sauce just because I like a little spice.
Oct. 7, 2009 4:59 am
Hi- I keep thinking I might try this recipe...let us know how it turns out!
Oct. 7, 2009 7:46 am
Add some "poultry seasoning" to the dumplings (easy does it!)...mmmmm good.
Oct. 7, 2009 12:36 pm
I made it last week. It was a big hit, and like MomRocks, I added poultry seasoning. I didn't go easy on it though!
Oct. 7, 2009 7:04 pm
I just made this and here are my modifications. 1. Add white wine (chardonay) instead of the water. 2. Add bag of mixed veggies. 3) spice the chicken and add LOTS of garlic and pepper (that's how we like it here). Also, I baked the biscuits off in the oven and poured the "stew" over them, delish! Be liberal and taste with your spices. What works for us won't work for everyone... but make sure you have some stuff on hand otherwise this will taste like cafeteria food. Good base recipe.
Oct. 7, 2009 8:48 pm
Ooh that recipe is SOOO good. It is a little bland but definitely doesn't need salt. The canned soups do that for you. I used some pepper and paprika, parsley, and cumin if I remember correctly. Spicing dishes cooked in the slow cooker is tricky too. Just heard to add the spices toward the end which would work to add them right before adding the biscuit dough.
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About Me
I'm of Italian descent, so Cooking = Love, lol! I have no formal training, and I'm hardly a gourmet chef, but I can usually get the job done.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy bringing my slow-cooker to work on overtime Saturdays, and letting lunch cook while I work. My co-workers rarely complain.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When being asked to contribute to my grade school's cookbook, my poor mother quipped, "If I don't burn it, the kids are disappointed now." To her horror, they published it!
My cooking triumphs
The 20-pound Lasagna of Doom!
My cooking tragedies
Subsequent attempts to recreate the 20-pound Lasagna of Doom, lol! Lightning only struck once with that recipe.
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