Melhenn27 Profile - (18789792)

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Living In: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Biking, Fishing, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I've enjoyed cooking since I was young, helping my mom in the kitchen with dinner or making cookies. I received my undergrad degree in hospitality management and have worked in restaurants for over 7 years. I love to experiment in the kitchen and I enjoy going out to eat, in addition to the great food it's also a good source of inspiration. I also enjoy collecting cook books.
My favorite things to cook
Baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and tarts; homemade pasta; creative casseroles from leftovers; chicken dishes; tapas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies around Christmas is my favorite cooking tradition.
My cooking triumphs
Homemade perogies...I've made them twice so far and they have been amazing!! I've also taken several cooking classes at my school (where I majored in Hospitality) and I have to say, those classes improved my cooking tenfold! My husband has also been a tremendous help...he taught me how to cook creatively rather than always using recipes.
My cooking tragedies
When I got my first apartment I had dozens of random recipes that I had acquired from various sources. Most of them weren't very good, but I think one of the dumbest things I did was, after using one of those recipes with jalapenos, to rub my eyes. That was a tragedy!!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts
This was a great basic recipe to build upon. I added beer to the pan with the oil and onion and sauteed it with the kielbasa. I added a little more beer with the brussel sprouts, then I covered the pan to let the ingredients simmer in the liquid. When the sprouts were cooked through, I took them and the kielbasa out and put them in a bowl to hold. I then added more oil to the pan and some roasted garlic smashed with salt. I then deglazed the pan with beer, and kept slowly adding more beer to get to the consistency I wanted. I added some dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste, then added the kielbasa and sprouts back into the pan and tossed to coat. I served it with parmesan and cracked pepper polenta... delicious!

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2010
Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers
I agree with all other reviews, these taste just like the poppers you buy at restaurants! I omitted the bacon bits and used egg mixed with a little water instead of milk to dip them in and they were fantastic! And I definitely recommend doing the triple battering!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2008
Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw
Great tangy dressing for cole slaw. I used mayo instead of miracle whip and I thought the results were great.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2008

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