shelley Profile - (18941465)

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Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I come from a LARGE family who all grew up on farm fresh food. Even the men were fantastic cooks in my family because my grandmother taught all 13 of her boys to cook and cook well. She thought it was an important skill for anyone to have.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking new things. I like to stand in my kitchen and grab ingredients that I like the flavor of and create new ways to combine them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Turducken on thanksgiving!A stuffed deboned chicken inside a stuffed deboned duck inside a stuffed deboned turkey. Absolutely awesome!
My cooking triumphs
Last years Turducken which I created completely on my own and cooked and served in 24 hrs. It consisted of homemade oyster stuffing, homemade cornbread stuffing, and homemade shrimp stuffing one of which was stuffed inside either a deboned chicken duck or turkey which were stuffed inside each other. This is quite a feat if you've ever seen what it takes to create a Turducken!
My cooking tragedies
My first pot pie. I cut all the veggies into large chunks like my grandmother used to and failed to steam them until they were halfway done like she did. Needless to say the crust was beautiful and flaky, the gravy excellent, the pieces of chicken coated in the spices they were saut'ed in but the veggies were hard and starchy. There was no salvaging the poor thing.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Best Burritos
AWFUL! Am I the only one that thinks American Cheese isn't a real cheese? Especially not one that is used in mexican dishes. Once I took the cheese out of it and added onion, bell pepper, cumin, corriander, chili powder, garlic, black olives, black beans, chopped tomato and some avacado I had my standard burrito which my 6 year old said was WAY better...betterer a million T-rexes big than this one.

45 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2006
Kielbasa Kale Stew
As far as Kale soup goes this is definitely 4 stars. I did make a few changes. I chose to puree the potatoes in a blender with their broth after I mashed them until smooth. I used chicken broth instead of water. Also we added one bunch of scallions chopped, 3/4 cup of very thinly sliced carrots blanched until half done, 3 cloves of garlic crushed, and 1 tsp rosemary. All of this we added to the soup when we added the sausage and kale. My family hates kale no matter how I cook it and even they said this was okay. I got my 7 year old to try half a bowl and she never eats anything but peanut butter or rice.

79 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2006
Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Balsamic Pan Sauce
The reason the previous reviewers chicken burned is probably because she altered the ingredients without altering the cooking. Chicken thighs are a lot smaller and need to be cooked on lower heat. (BTW-The recipe DOES state to remove the bone). I made this almost as is except for the addition of re-constituted chopped sun-dried tomatoes that I happened to have on hand to the stuffing mixture. I also did not use dried mushrooms and as a consequence substituted veggie stock for the reserved mushroom stock in the recipe. Perfect recipe. Even my 7 year old loved it.

29 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2006

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