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Chellebelle7377


Chellebelle7377
 
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Living In: Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a stay at home wife and mother. I have been in the kitchen since I was little. I love everything about food. I'm modest when cooking and don't like to ever say it's amazing. I bet sometimes it is :) I love trying new things in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have one cuisine or type of cooking I like best. I like to make my own pie crust (always!), and experiment with recreating that asian dish I had yesterday. I heart all things spicy. I like to tell people "I made that" for things that aren't typically made at home like tortillas and yogurt. I like the funny looks people give me lol. I'm definitely more of a from scratch kind of girl. When you'd rather buy it in a can, I'd rather make it myself.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother taught me the importance of food bringing people together. Isn't that why everyone gathers in the kitchen?! I love making Christmas cookies/candy. My mother taught me how to make her famous chili and chicken soup.
My cooking triumphs
Pie dough. I don't understand why people are so intimidated by a flaky pie crust. I guess I have my thing and you have yours. Read on. Fruit pies. For some reason I could whip up any type of pie from scratch, but was deathly scared of a runny fruit pie. I'm always really concerned with how my food turns out when served to anyone other than my household. This past summer I made an apple pie and a blueberry pie. They were pretty darn good. Also getting used to cooking on stainless steel instead of non stick. It's true: the meat will let you know when it's ready to be flipped and start with a HOT pan.
My cooking tragedies
White chocolate raspberry cheesecake. I don't know what to say. To my better judgement I removed it from the oven when it didn't look done. And when it is a gift for someone you can't just cut into it. Well, let's just say that it was a pretty tasty white chocolate raspberry cream cheese pudding. Also letting toffee get too dark until it tastes burnt. What a waste of 2 lbs. of butter. Other than that nothing too major. I don't serve anything unless I know it's atleast ok.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Cream Soup Base
I had been previously using a recipe that called for milk and flour mixed together to thicken the broth. It tasted very pasty. This recipe is 100x better and will be my new go to recipe. I use cream soups constantly in my homemade pot pies. Wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. Very versatile.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2012
Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce
This was very good. I was under the impression it may taste too much like cream cheese, but it didn't. I used light cream cheese and skim milk. I added 1/2 cup heavy cream as I had some open. I added this to only 1 cup milk. This makes more than 4 people could eat. I was happy there was leftovers, but it definitely serves more than 4. I added chopped broccoli the last few minutes it cooked. I subbed garlic salt for half of the garlic powder as I was using unsalted butter. Glad I did as I feel it might have tasted a little bland otherwise. Definitely will make again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2012
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
This was sooo good. I cook from scratch quite a bit, but had never made chicken and dumplings. My husband is the dumpling fan...not me. The only changes I made was using poultry seasoning, subbed fresh cut carrots and I more than doubled the broth. I still felt like I could have tripled it and this was for three people and a toddler. My dumplings turned out quite gummy, but maybe I didn't let them simmer long enough for their size. Another recipe says by adding some cornmeal to the dumpling dough solves this issue. Might have to try that some time. I also browned my chicken and used on the bone in chicken breasts. Then removed the meat and shredded it. I was a little unsure if this was going to be good. It looked like dirty chicken soup until I added the dumplings. All of a sudden it looked thick and tasty. Everyone liked it and I have to be super careful with my teen and husband. Definitely adding this in my regular rotation.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2010
 
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