Mary Shawhan Profile - (18831242)

Mary Shawhan

Mary Shawhan
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Living In: Independence, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Mary-May 2011
About this Cook
I have been cooking since I was six years old (for over 45 years). For the past 15 years I been been a team organizer for a competitive barbecue team (Shawhan Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ). We compete every year in the world's largest barbecue contest, the American Royal. This year our team won 4th place in the potatoes category with a recipe I found on
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family comes from Ireland and every year around Christmas we all bake meat pies. These are small tart sized pies that contain a combination of lamb and pork baked inside a pastry crust. The baked pies are then boiled in broth until they are soft then they are served in a bowl with pepper. It has been a tradition to serve these pies to friends and relatives for over a 100 years.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked my very first meal when I was 7 years old. It was a rump roast with potatoes and carrots. My mother coached me, but I did all the work. After that, I was hooked.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Bloody Mary Cocktail
Want to kick this drink up a notch? Try using bacon-flavored vodka (yeah, there really is such a thing). Ah-MAY-zing.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2013
Garlic Green Beans
I've been making this recipe for around 5 years...and it is loved by everyone. I usually use fresh garlic in garlic recipes, but for this dish I just use the already minced garlic you can buy in a bottle...about two heaping teaspoons...instead of mincing an entire head of garlic by hand. It will save a LOT of time and I cannot taste the difference (I've tried it both ways). In addition, use the "shredded" parmesan instead of the grated, and if you can get a good quality will make a world of difference. This recipe is a staple in my kitchen, btw. ;-)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2012
Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Shells
This was fantastic! A few of the other reviews said it was bland, but that will of course be the case if you start out with bland tasting turkey, stuffing, and gravy. If you start out with really good tasting thanksgiving leftovers, this dish will turn out good tasting too. I used the recipe as a "guideline" and basically threw in what I had, which was 1-1/2 of turkey, about 2 cups of dressing, and only a cup of gravy. I didn't have any parmasan cheese, but I did have "Italian Blend" cheese, so I used that instead of mozzarella. It was truly wonderful!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2011
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