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Mrs. Chef Esh


Mrs. Chef Esh
 
Home Town: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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Apr. 26, 2014 4:56 pm 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2014 7:24 am
I have loved participating in the Allrecipes Allstars sponsor program this month with Avocado's From Mexico!!!  I have always been intimidated by avocados, worried how to pit them, worried that they would brown too soon, how to pick the right one, is it ripe enough?  Well I am not intimidated… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
I have grown up with an appreciation for food, my Dad was a head chef and owned his own restaurant. I can remember at the age of 8, eating frogs legs and him telling me it was chicken...and I didn't know the difference! He always had me and my sister at least try what he was making, even if he knew we wouldn't like it. Well his love for cooking has definitely rubbed off on me. I find I am the happiest when I am in my kitchen cooking something wonderful for my family and friends. Everyone thinks cooking is so hard, but really it is one of those things that the more you do it, the better you get at it. There is nothing more satisfying for me then to hear, "Oh my gosh, that was so good...how did you make that"! I only hope I can have the same influence now on my son that my father had on me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook spicy foods, especially Cajun or Creole, my signature dish is Cajun Jambalaya. I make a pretty tasty Mexican lasagna as well. I am just learning how to make my own bread. I find there is something really special about making fresh homemade bread from your own hands, getting the yeast to rise, kneading it, and watching it rise!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite time of year to cook is the holidays, everyone is so festive! My parents have a Christmas Eve drop in every year, and I spend the entire day cooking with my Dad helping him prepare! I also love baking Christmas cookies, spending the entire weekend baking and listening to Christmas music...this past year it even snowed! As for starting my own cooking tradition, well that has been baking family birthday cakes from scratch. I never really thought of myself as a baker, but after making a few birthday cakes it has now become expected in my family….and I love it, it’s much more personal! I’d actually get my feelings hurt now if they wanted a store bought cake!
My cooking triumphs
Well I have to say my biggest cooking triumph has been a Tiramisu Cheesecake, it was the first cheesecake I ever made...and let me just say, it was THE BEST I have ever had...I even impressed my Dad!
My cooking tragedies
Hands down...homemade pasta! I tried to make a fresh spinach pasta for a seafood dish, and it turned out to be a gross, green, sticky, pile of dough! I wont even attempt to make my own pasta again!
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Chicken Stroganoff I
I used a can of cream of mushroom and roasted garlic soup and replaced the heavy cream with chicken stock...it turned out wonderful!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 22, 2014
Manhattan Style Clam Chowder
I absolutely love this recipe for Manhattan clam chowder (red) over the New England clam chowder (white)! I threw in a bunch of frozen veggies I had in the freezer, and because I am from the East Coast, I added in a few teaspoons of Old Bay. I served it with some French bread crusty rolls to sop up the soup…oh my it was Delish!!!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2014
Italian Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
Seriously sausage gravy and biscuits is my absolute favorite breakfast, so when I saw this recipe with an Italian twist, I could not wait to try it for dinner, and let me tell you it did not disappoint my family!!! I followed the recipe to the tee, the fresh sage is a must…it just adds a subtle flavor that complements the sausage and Classico sauce very well! I can’t wait to try this over pasta too!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2014
 
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