Shelak Profile - (18264253)

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Home Town: Redlands Mesa, Colorado, USA
Living In: Augusta, Maine, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am a Colorado born native transplanted to Maine and going back to Colorado soon. I love to cook and am a self taught professional cake decorator and Chef. I have worked/owned several food service businesses in the past and am a Dietary Professional who has developed my own recipes in many venues. I am an avid "Real Food" enthusiast and encourage everyone to find, cook and eat only "Real Foods".
My favorite things to cook
I love to plan, cook and serve meals to people who cannot do it for themselves. It is very rewarding to see people eat the foods they love when preparing it is out of their reach, for example Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and shut-in's.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays were always full of wonderful foods, smells,and festivities in my family and I have kept those traditions alive. My mother made candies for Christmas, and everything handmade, Dipped Cherry Chocolates, Divinity, Fudge, and all the rest! Now I do it too, so does my daughter, professionally and at home.
My cooking triumphs
I have been very succesful developing recipes. My first and most fabulous triumph was when I was finally successful in baking a loaf of bread! Really, I had trouble there! But after developing my own recipe, in 1978 I took all the championship ribbons at the local county fair on that one loaf of bread! I was thrilled, and I went on with cooking from there.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at make a roast was a tragedy. I cooked it hot and not long enough and it was beautiful! Well, beautiful until we cut into it, it was raw in middle, not even close to being "Rare". It was mortifying, well ... I was only 17! Now I can do them to be sure, and even a Beef Wellington is no sweat!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Pasta With Peanut Sauce

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2006
Easy Chocolate Truffles
These didnt firm up for me, but they tasted great, more chocolate is needed.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2006
Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
This recipe is simple and good ... I punched it up a bit with 2 tbsp. of sour cream, a dash of Seasoned Salt and 1 tsp. of onion powder. Also before puting the chicken in the oven I dredged it in flour and browned it up, the skin didnt stay crisp but it was a nice texture!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2006
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