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Chef Mickey (aka Mickey)

Chef Mickey (aka Mickey)
Home Town: De Soto, Missouri, USA
Living In: Elgin, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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My rescue pup, Finn!
La cuisine, c'est quand les choses ont le goût de ce qu'elles sont. (Curnosky)
About this Cook
Hi! I am a displaced meeting planner living in a Western suburb of Chicago. I spent most of my childhood years living in a small town about 50 miles south of St. Louis, MO (hence my southern roots). So, why am I on here???? I'm passionate about food - I love to search for new recipes (I rarely EVER make the same thing twice!), collect cookbooks, watch cooking shows on the Food Network and cooking channels, cook and EAT my creations haha! When I'm not in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling, working on house projects and spending time with family, friends, my husband and our Westie, Finn! :-) I take great pleasure in making memorable meals for the people I care about and hope to someday create a cookbook for them. There are so many wonderful recipes I've stumbled upon that I'd like to share. Thanks Allrecipes!!!
My favorite things to cook
I have a lot of "favs," but what I love to cook most are Mexican, HEARTY Italian dishes and good 'ol comfort food (or what I like to call, home cooking at its finest!). I'm not a gourmet cook. I rather prefer simple, filling dishes and desserts - the "family comfort food" that I grew up on. I also tend to enjoy specific cooking styles (i.e. healthy, quick & easy, slow cooking, etc.). Dishes that simplify preparation after a long day's work are my top pics. Now that I am working outside the home again, I don't have much time to cook elaborate meals so I save those for the weekend! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmmm.... Other than holiday get-togethers, I really don't have any family traditions per se. I do have a couple of my own traditions though. Every Christmas Eve, my hubs and I invite my parents over for dinner (we spend Christmas day with his parents if not traveling to Missouri to celebrate with my extended family). Our Italian feast includes a pasta dish, salad, garlic bread and dessert. I make something different each year (from Allrecipes, of course!). Part of the fun is watching everyone anticipate what new dishes I'll serve lol. :) Holiday cookie baking is another tradition that comes to mind.
My cooking triumphs
One of my most memorable experiences was hosting Thanksgiving dinner in my new house. It was the FIRST time I ever prepared a turkey (or a holiday meal for a crowd). I was a bit intimidated at first, but the sense of accomplishment I felt after the dinner table was finally set AND knowing that everyone was satisfied and helping themselves to seconds was a REAL confidence booster for me. My dad commented that he should have brought his camera to take pictures of the dishes I prepared! UPDATE: Thanksgiving 2012, I had the pleasure of hosting once again (boy, it's been a while!). My parents and bro-in-laws joined my husband and I for the festivities while my lucky in-laws celebrated Vegas-style! I was SUPER nervous, but everything turned out better than expected! Now that my in-laws are starting their own Vegas tradition, it looks like the Thanksgiving torch is being handed off to me. Sooooo, I guess you could say turkey dinner is (by default) what I do best! :-)
My cooking tragedies
I seem to have them all the time haha! Even the best cooks aren't perfect. :) I still have not successfully mastered the art of baking (or is it a science???), but I try. Sometimes my baked goods turn out perfectly, but often times they just don't!
Recipe Reviews 924 reviews
Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
This was just "OK." While I wouldn't say this was a complete fail, it just didn't rock my tastebuds. FYI, DO NOT marinate your chicken for more than a few hours. Even then, your chicken will start to cook as it marinates! The acidity from the vinegar and lime juice REALLY breaks down the meat. I marinated my chicken for about two hours and when I started to thread it onto my skewers, it's texture was beginning to change (i.e. it was starting to break down). Maybe this will float your boat, but I'm not impressed. Thanks anyways, simmig.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2014
Jan's Pretzel Dogs
Holy cow!!! What a FANTASTIC recipe!!!!! I can't believe how easy this was! I'll admit, I'm not much of a baker... Me and yeast don't work well together. :) BUT, with my nifty bread machine and a little help from the hubs, these turned out GREAT! This was by FAR the easiest dough I've ever worked with. It rolled like a dream! My hubby and I had a lot of fun together - He cut the dough strips and I wrapped the hot dogs. For a different twist, I topped each pretzel dog with a mixture of poppy and sesame seeds (YUM!). My choice of beer was can of cheap 'ol Budweiser. These are so good, I've been noshing on leftovers all week long. For me, wrapping each "dog" loosely with a paper towel and microwaving at 50% power for 1.5 minutes does the trick. PLEASE, PLEASE don't let the fact that you are not a baker intimidate you from trying this recipe. If I can do it, you can too! Kudos to WFDM for sharing such an awesome recipe with the AR community! :-)

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Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2014
Cheddar Ranch Dip
YUM! Made this for a Fourth of July BBQ / cookout and was very pleased with the results!!! I pretty much followed this to the letter with a few exceptions. Instead of using bacon bits, I fried up 4 pieces of bacon. I also used lite sour cream and added a couple sliced green onions (some to my dip and the rest as garnish). I prepped this the night prior to allow all of the yummy flavors to blend. To offset the not-so-good-for-you BBQ fare on the menu, I served this with a variety of fresh veggies - baby carrots, radish, cucumber, snap peas, grape tomatoes and orange bell pepper. I bet this would be great with chips tho.... All I can say is WOW! Thanks for sharing your simple, tasty recipe RONNAS. :-)

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Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2014
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