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Michelle C

Michelle C
Home Town: Portland, Maine, USA
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Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Growing up, I wasn't interested in cooking and my mom never encouraged me. When I got married, I had no clue what any of the "kitchen things" were that people were giving as gifts. When my daughter was born I decided I would have to learn to cook, and now, I love it! I'll try any recipe once. My daughter has grown up being a healthy eater and she isn't at all picky. Learning to cook has paid off.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to cook is what my family calls a New England Boiled Dinner. We make ours with a ham, usually a picnic shoulder. I do this anytime we have snowstorm and I know we'll be stuck indoors. It warms up the whole house and fills it with a yummy smell.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a house from the Mid 1700's and we had an antique woodstove in the kitchen. In the winter, my mom would make baked beans in it and that wonderful smell would fill the whole house. I love that smell to this day, but I HATE baked beans and I won't eat them.
My cooking triumphs
I love pastisio and I have tried more than 10 different recipes, but none came out exactly the way I wanted. After much tweaking, I have finally came up with a recipe I think is perfect (for my taste at least).
My cooking tragedies
I once set my (eletric)stove on fire because I was boiling water on a burner that I had spilled some sauce on the night before. It was very embarassing when 2 firetrucks, a police officer and an abulance showed up because I had an mishap while boiling water. It was even more embarassing when my neighbors asked what happened. I've also made peanut butter cookies that were like hockey pucks and peanut butter fudge that was like frothy spackle. Sometimes, when I'm off, I'm waaayyyyy off.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Italian Sausage Soup II
This is wonderful! Everyone loved it, including 2 kids. It was very easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and very zesty. I did change a few things..My husband cooked the sausage whole by mistake, so we just sliced them up. I cooked the onions, celery and carrots in the left over grease from the sausage until soft. I also used 2 cups of shells instead of one. The next time I make this I will try to use turkey sausage instead. This is definately going into our regular rotation!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2010
Split Pea Soup
The first time I made this, I followed the recipe exactly, minus the celery. Everyone liked it, but I had never had pea soup and I wasn't wild about it. Since then I have tweaked it and now I love it, along with everyone else in the house. I don't soak the peas overnight, and I don't think it matters either way. I use beef stock instead of water and omit the salt. I have never used the celery. I add LOTS of garlic powder. The most important change is that I dice up a lean ham steak instead of using a ham bone. It adds some nice, lean ham to the soup without the hassle or fat from a ham bone. Having made it with the ham bone and without, I don't think it makes a big difference. I have to say I get raves about this and my young daughter absolutely loves this. I usually make a double batch because we love it so much.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2008
Chicken Tetrazzini
This was really good and pretty easy. I did make some changes, but I don't think it made a big difference. I used evaporated milk, bowtie pasta, cubed ham and a whole rotisserie chicken cut to pieces. I also had to use a shredded four chees Italian blend. This is definately not low fat, but still a keeper.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2007

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