ALLISONHALEY Profile - (18733596)

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Living In: Napa, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Indian, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I started cooking when I got married because...he was hungry! All the time! And wasn't satisfied, like I was, with boiled chicken and plain rice. Imagine! Now he brags about my cooking - well, anything tastes good when you're hungry, right?
My favorite things to cook
Anything that allows me to shuffle around my kitchen with a glass of good red wine in my hand. I also like to be able to toss Levi, our black lab, an occasional tidbit...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I like to have our friends over for wine, cocktails, cheese and games. Everyone brings something to share and has to be willing to be my guinea pigs for new recipes: shredded BBQ beef sliders, carne asada tacos, bourbon chocolate cake, etc.
My cooking triumphs
I have finally perfected recipes for lemon bars, chili, shrimp pasta, granola, lamb shanks, cheesecake and minute steaks that my husband has demanded that I "stop fooling with because it's perfect."
My cooking tragedies
Simply stated: Macaroni and Cheese (from a box!) with pineapple and chunks of ham. I still get made fun of for that recipe.
Recipe Reviews 39 reviews
Lemony Garlic Shrimp with Pasta
Excellent recipe to build on - very forgiving of alterations, additions or modifications to suit your taste. I use only 1 lb of shrimp and add vegetables with the butter and garlic: squash ribbons, peas, or broccoli crowns. And I always add a large handful of parmesan cheese to top! Lovely and fast.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2009
Braised Lamb Shanks
I made recipe exactly as written and while the meat was certainly tender, the sauce was overpowering, the lemon rinds an unpleasant surprise and there was an overwhelming amount of collected grease. The method is worth experimenting with, but these ingredients in these amounts did not culminate in a pleasing dish.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2009
Neat Sloppy Joes
Excellent and easy. Variations are easily forgiven in this recipe to suit your individual taste. Try making it with a creamy tomato soup base as well as any variety of your favorite vegetable add-ins: bell peppers, diced tomatoes or minced carrot.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2009
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