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Colleen Murtaugh

Colleen Murtaugh
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Hixson, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I' originally from Chicago but made my way down to the south via L.A. (the real one, not Lower Alabama). When I left Chicago I was not much of a cook but blossomed in California. The array of fresh seafood made it easy for me to want to start. By the time I got to Tennessee, I found that cooking actually relaxed me, especially as a single person without a family to have to worry about. But of course that's all changed and my meals are built around a full-time job and two children, Samantha (11) and Max (7). I am proud to say that Sam is developing into an excellent cook, she already has the baking downpat. I'm just glad that she is realizing the wonders of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Italian (who doesn't), cakes (i know technically baking but I'm throwing it in anyways), anything on the grill, fish, jambalaya, anything in the crockpot. And for anybody that shuns the crockpot; when was the last time you looked at the some of the new cookbooks?
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't realize this was weird at the time but Christmas Eve dinner consisted of a multitude of appetizers, and meatball and italian beef sandwiches. Thank you Rosario's on South Pulaski.
My cooking triumphs
My jambalaya in the crockpot. I know my critics don't think it authentic but please keep in mind that I'm trying for recipes for my family that are ready when I get home from work. The evening goes by pretty darn quickly when you factor in homework and baths.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list.
Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
Mexican Style Shredded Pork
Absolutely loved this receipe. So so easy to make. I did use beer instead of water, added diced onion to the chiles, added some powdered lime and added some cumin after I shredded it. Has just the right amount of kick.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2013
Crispy Fried Fish
Made this with red snapper for my daughter who loved it. Didn't have any cornflakes on hand, used cornmeal. Patted fish dry before coating and had no problem with batter falling off.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 24, 2011
Grilled Delmonico Steaks
Delicious! Only had dried minced onion on hand and substituted bbq sauce for steak but it still turned out great. Marinaded for about 3 hours.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2010
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