My name is Michele but all my friends call me Shell. I live in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky mountains with my 3 kids and my husband. We came here so that my hubby could retire (he was a special agent) but somewhere along the line he decided to go back to work and is currently a police officer with the Knoxville PD. I just finished writing my second book "Protecting Those you Love in an X-Rated World" (Bridge Logos) which is due out in Jully 07. Having been brought up in NY and then lived in South FL my whole life, I am in heaven here in the mountains! I also operate a web ministry Just4Ladies.com
My favorite things to cook
Italian!! I come from a long line of Italian cooks and even owned and operated my own restaurant for a while. I still cook my family's 200 year old sauce recipe every Sunday! I love to bake and being in the country leaves us few restaurant options so I love to try and duplicate restaurant recipes for my family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'd have to say that my families homemade Italian sausage recipe is a favorite and I sell it by the pound to old restaurant customers, church friends and friends around the US. Next is chicken parm and then lasagne.
My cooking triumphs
A multi-course Japanese Hibachi style dinner in my own kitchen!! Complete with dipping sauces and appetizers! The kids loved it!
My cooking tragedies
All of my friends are tried and true Southern cooks. I am still trying to master the "greens" and chicken and dumplins' - I got pintos, cornbread and soup beans ALMOST down!! LOL!! Who woulda known that southern cornbread "ain't yellow and it ain't sweet" LOL