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Home Town: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Sarona, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Fig and Olive Tapenande
Creamy Shrimp Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
About this Cook
I really enjoy all things food. I love to go to my garden and pick and then create. It's really fun to dress up a plate with herbs or nasturtiums! I love healthy, home-gown foods that aren't laden with chemicals. I'm a naturalist of sorts. Our family loves to forage - mushrooms, edible flowers and plants, herbs, etc. Now with kids, it's a bit harder (and more expensive) to find time to duplicate foods eaten out or paging through cookbooks for supper, but it's a great distant memory/hobby!
My favorite things to cook
I really love to cook Mexican and Chinese, and my kids love these. A bit time consuming, but oh so good! I love to bake and have even done a wedding cake which was a huge accomplishment.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We seemed to have had red velvet cake at special family occasions growing up, so I like to enjoy that every once in awhile, after I cringe putting in the red food coloring -but it IS tradition! I don't think anyone was a really great cook growing up, but I always had the love of cooking and even took a college class event when I was in high school. I must say that I think I am mostly self-taught and perhaps gifted by God in this area of life.
My cooking triumphs
I really enjoy getting the ohs and ahhs when I cater! To do a wedding last year was a great accomplishment and frightening, but it went wonderful! I love taking some things and dressing them up to give a new twist or incorporating a little unusual to expose people and expand their horizons.
My cooking tragedies
I was a pre-teen. I wanted to make a pie. My mom recalls that I used water to make the pudding and I didn't have thawed whipped topping so I put it in the microwave. It was a watery chocolate flavored soup! # 2. Cooking for future husband. Wanted to make a turkey casserole. Stuffing crust with fillings inside. Overbaked it - so what to do- try it again next time he comes to show him I can make it good. Bad idea! He HAS to marry someone who can cook well BUT he hates turkey casserole and doesn't tell me until much later in our relationship! Lots of luck - I got to marry him and he's grown to like many types of food - I don't make that anymore though. :>)
Recipe Reviews 61 reviews
Cake Doughnuts
Read all reviews and wanted them to turn out the 1st time. My son wanted donuts for his birthday "cake", so I choose these. I tripled the recipe to get enough and ended up with 43 donuts and holes. So, I used 2/3 cup of milk and room temperature, soft butter and I did use some whole wheat flour. Everything else as stated. Had a nice stiff dough and refrigerated them overnight. Rolled out great in the morning. No problems. For those new to donut may be helpful for you to roll and cut all donuts out while oil is heating up to get that done and have enough ready to cook and also really slick to put freshly fried donuts on flat paper grocery bags spread out. The trickiest part for me in frying is getting that oil to stay the right temp, lots of waiting, don't rush and use oil that's not at temp. (oily donuts) or too hot (burnt, dark donuts). Good recipe with those adjustments, not frustrating as some have experienced. Not too sweet, just right with cinn/sugar and glazes. Thanks!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2012
Pork Roast With The World's Best Pork Loin Rub
Made this for 170 people. They raved! Made minor adjustments for maximum flavor - can tweak to how you want it. Added more cumin, mustard, thyme and garlic and also added fresh minced garlic (a must). Used less heat ingredients to allow children to enjoy. It's essential to get that crust on the meat by searing your meat if you are not grilling. Made some without that (accidently), and it just wasn't as good. Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for a new go to recipe!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 16, 2011
Caramelized Chicken Wings
If I could give this more stars I would - thank you Shannon!! This was absolutely fantastic!!! No changes needed. This recipe is so much easier than a similar chinese one I have, but it doesn't take over 2 hours to bake and turn and I LOVE that I don't have to take the time to marinate!!! We all loved it and I'm making it another time this week - but tonight I'll used boneless thighs. I hope others discover and use this recipe!

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2011
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