MSHELLZ2U Profile - (1464219)

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Home Town: Chester, Virginia, USA
Living In: Virginia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I grew up in a household full of incredible cooks. I guess it is in the grandfather owned a restaurant, I want my own restaurant one day and my father, aunt and uncle, mom, grandmother and cousin are all great cooks. I wanted to be a chef growing up, lived in my grandmothers kitchen but we lived to far away from a culinary school, so I settle for cooking for work events and friends and family. Cooking is a wonderful way to express yourself and I find it to be a great joy and relaxing.
My favorite things to cook
Italian, greek and appetizers. I love to bake and absolutely LOVE the holiday cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort foods and passing on some of our family recipes to friends. Cooking with the whole family in the kitchen. It seems like a well oiled machine when everyone is in sync. Making old Norweign christmas "waffle cookies" with my grandmother/mother/sister/aunt/cousin...we break more than we end up making - which frustrates my we do it so we can eat them..I think she is on to us by now...
My cooking triumphs
Coming up with an incredible hot crab dip recipe that I guard over. LOL I tell inlaws, it took me 8 years of trial and error to get this recipe, I am not giving it away..stingy I know, but I figure if I ever get my catering business, this will be one of my best dishes. Finally getting my great-grandmothers "SECRET" BBQ receipe. My grandmother literally guarded this receipe from all of us. No one was allowed near the kitchen when she made it. I am 40 and she finally gave the cooks in the family the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
My first cheesecake was a disaster. But, now my family LOVES my cheesecake. Again, it comes from trial and error and lots of advice you can find on this site to make it work.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Latin-Inspired Spicy Cream Chicken Stew
Update!! I wanted to say that if you want to save time- I also will buy a whole rotisserie chicken and debone and flake the meat instead of chicken breasts! Just another helpful addition to this recipe. This is a great starter and you can be super creative with it! Enjoy

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Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2014
Crescent Cake Cookies
These brought back Christmas memories of when I was 7yrs old and my grandma use to make these for the holiday. I am 43 now and this was a recipe I didn't think existed - but use to adore these. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2013
Cocktail Meatballs
Wow - this is my recipe too!! These are a HUGE Hit at every family function and work events too!! Thought I was being unique adding cranberries, but alas - great minds think alike!! Best meatball recipe ever - all others will taste bland in comparison!!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2013
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