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DELKEE


DELKEE
 
Home Town: South Jersey, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Newark, Delaware, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I live in northern Delaware with my husband and our our two dogs, Milo, the Pomeranian and Zelda, the Papillon. My husband has been the "victim" of many of my cooking experiments. Milo happily eats whatever I drop on the floor in the kitchen. I consider myself a master baker (been baking since elementary school). I've graduated to being a pretty good cook, as well.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! My specialties are coconut pound cake and "loaded" chocolate chip cookies (my own recipe). Popular homemade favorites at my house are lasagna (made with turkey italian sausage and fresh mozzarella), roasted pork loin, oatmeal (yes, mine is special), corn fritters (pancake-style), and ANYTHING grilled on charcoal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has a long history (40+) in pit-style barbecue. We pride ourselves in our grilling skills. Also, my grandmother taught me to bake when I was in elementary school and I've loved creating sweet treats ever since.
My cooking triumphs
My coconut pound cake is so popular that people who hate coconut like it. It's a great way to make friends at a new job or to cheer people up. My Christmas cookies are also legendary.
My cooking tragedies
Where do I begin? There was the curried chicken that was so spicy that we broke out into a sweat at the dinner table (next time I cut back on the chili powder and ended up with a great dish), the grilled tilapia that fell onto the coals, the various attempts at enchiladas that just weren't quite right, many attempt to make Asian food, the overly buttery buter pecan ice cream (well, some people liked it), and the too-garlicy smothered pork chops... I could go on and on.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn
I love all types of sweet popcorn, but this was just okay. We ate some and after a few days threw the rest away. I cooked the caramel glaze as instructed, but my resulting caramel corn didn't have the smooth, shiny coating I expected. While I love butter and sweets, the mixture of butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar is just TOO much, even if you pour it over a large quantity of popcorn. If you like Cracker Jacks, this recipe is probably right up your alley. I personally prefer kettle corn with it's subtle sweet/salty taste.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2008
Burrito Pie
This recipe gets a 4 because it's an inspiration for an improved customized version. I made three changes: I used ground turkey instead of beef and I omitted the olives. I also did not mix the refried beans in with the meat, but instead used them as a separate layer. I cut this recipe in half since we are a household of 2 and it made more than enough for dinner and lunch the following day. This is a great starter recipe, but I will make changes in the future. First, it was not spicy enough for my taste. Second, the use of taco sauce and diced tomatoes made the casserole taste suspciously like lasagna, not what I want in a Mexican-inspired dish. I will use enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, and fresh jalapenos in the future to avoid that tomato-y Italian flavor. On the positive side, the texture is beautiful, it slices easily, and the refried beans are really great in this dish. The consistency reminds me of a bean burrito. The only thing I didn't like about the presentation of this dish is that the cheese never bubbled and shined. Overall, this is a good family recipe that needs more spice and less tomato-y flavor.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2008
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
This recipe is extremely easy, so I'm giving it a 4 for the taste, considering how easy it was to prepare. My changes (per other's suggestions) included: substituting 1 can cream of celery for 1 of the cream of chicken soups, adding additional seasonings to the chicken (Lawry's seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper), and using less biscuits (15) rolled thin and cut into strips. I layered the ingredients (put the chicken in frozen) in my oval Crock Pot and covered them with water. Cooked on low for 10 hours, added the rolled biscuits after 8.5 hours. The house smelled fantastic (like chicken pot pie) and the seasonings were perfect (with my adjustments). The dumplings were flat and slippery, just the way we like them. For those who have never had chicken and dumplings, the dumplings are not supposed to "brown", they are supposed to be soft and noodle-like in this recipe. Not the same as the old-fashioned, but a great fake out. Doesn't look as appetizing on the second day (mushy and muddled) and I suggest using bone-in chicken for more authentic flavor.

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2008
 
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