CHELLENE Profile - (185364)

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Home Town: Stow, Ohio, USA
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Member Since: Mar. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping
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About this Cook
I grew up in a multi-cultural home. My mom is Korean and my step-dad is half Italian. So I grew up eating all kinds of cuisine. I am happily married with two young sons and hope they will grow up with fond memories of what mom made in the kitchen. My oldest son loves to help in the kitchen. My youngest loves to help make a mess.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. Whether it's cookies, cakes, any type of dessert. I'm a sweets girl and I love to make them. I think I get this from my step-dad's mom. Gramma D. was a great baker and grew up in a family of great bakers and cooks. I think some of that rubbed off on me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The two biggest cooking influences are my mom, who is the cook of cooks. And Gramma D. I know every person probably thinks their mother is the best cook. However, my mom has picked up the ability to master various ethnic foods, whether Korean, Italian or simple American dishes. And I love how my Korean family makes so much food...and must share it. Koreans are very generous and love to share their cuisine with others. I enjoy sitting around a table and having small side dishes here and there that everyone can try. We all use our chopsticks in the same bowls. No one cares. Also, Koreans cook to heal. They make seaweed soup for nursing mothers and pear juice for congestion. As for my gramma D. She used to always make cookies, tarts and pizzels for Christmas. I carried on the cookie-baking, but don't ask me to make a pizzel.
My cooking triumphs
Figuring out to make a beautiful and absolutely delicious cheesecake. The task was to make it without the top cracking and when I achieved this, I was so thrilled.
My cooking tragedies
Too numerous to mention.
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Easy Broccoli Quiche
So easy and so delicious. Must use fresh broccoli as other reviewers have said. I also added some some garlic with the onions and broccoli. I reduced the milk to one cup and added sausage. The family loved it. This is a keeper!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2015
Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
I recently made this without the ham and it was fantastic. Another reviewer said to stick with cream of potato and not to substitute. I followed those instructions but didn't think it would make that much of a difference. It did. I made this again and tried substituting potato soup. Not good. If you stick with the recipe the results are delicious.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast
I made this for new year's day breakfast and it was a hit. I was a little concerned since I didn't let it sit overnight but baked it immediately after mixing the ingredients. I added one more egg, used a mix of milk and half and half and a few more pieces of bread. It came out beautifully although I had to bake it for about 90 minutes. It's important to let it cool so that the bottom mixture can thicken a bit. I can't wait to make this again. Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2014
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