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Michelle B.


Michelle B.
 
Home Town: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Living In: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Music
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Baked Potato Soup I
My little girl
About this Cook
I've been helping my mom cook since I was big enough to stand on a stool at the stove. I love cooking, and I mostly cook for my two sons and my husband. We have lots of family close by, and we usually get together once a week for a home-cooked meal. I have a lot of work gatherings where we like to pig out, and my coworkers often ask me the day before what I will be bringing because they love my cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to grill. My husband and I really enjoy seafood, but since we live so far inland, I try to stick with no-fail salmon and shrimp recipes. For my work gatherings, I like to make party dishes and dips. The only time of year I bake is Christmas and Thanksgiving, like cookies, fudge and pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best baked chicken. It is a very simple recipe that lasts for days of leftovers, or for soup, or chicken stock. I used to try to duplicate it, but it never turned out excatly the same, so I gave up! My grandma also passed down some really great Christmas recipes including caramels and candied pecans. I also have some great Italian roots that have produced wonderful homemade salad dressings.
My cooking triumphs
I am really proud of the fact that my husband tells me I have never made anything that he didn't like - and he's a picky eater! My favorite thing to cook is maple-glazed bbq ribs. I got the original recipe here and tweaked it a little bit so it's exactly how I like it. I also had a great success when I made a cheese ball for dipping and brought it to a work gathering. I had compiled a bunch of recipes and sort of made my own version. It was such a hit, I never got to have any of it at the party.
My cooking tragedies
I made a turtle caramel cheesecake for Thanksgiving one year. It was a recipe a friend had given me, so I knew it was wonderful, but mine didn't turn out so well. The recipe was very complicated and somehow the caramel turned out so chewy, it was almost inedible. I think many people that ate it made trips to the dentist the next day!! I try to stick with the basics, now.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Grilled Zucchini I
Like other reviewers, this is not "grilled" zucchini. It is also not "healthy" like in the description. You can simply use Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. I also season mine with garlic powder and lemon juice. I really don't think you need a recipe for this, as it's pretty much a trial and error session, tweaked until it's just to your liking.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2008
Easy Lasagna I
I really liked the idea of this lasagna, but I did make many changes. I left out the mushrooms and ricotta cheese; I just vamped up the cottage cheese mixture by adding a couple eggs, parmesan, extra mozzarella, basil and parsley. I also added a pound of breakfast sausage to spice up the meat mixture. I like making this dish to freeze and keep on hand in case of dinner emergencies.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2007
Chicken and Dumplings III
I thought this recipe was bland. I have been testing chicken and dumpling recipes for quite some time, and I have found the chicken has much more flavor if it is cooked in chicken broth with a few added boullion cubes.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2007
 
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