MrHappy1353 Profile - (1966490)

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Living In: Frontenac, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Fishing, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake II
Sweet Potato Pie
Spinach and Orzo Salad
About this Cook
I love to cook for my elderly parents, friends and family. The more the better. To me, having a house full of hungry folks ready to taste and critique my food makes happy!
My favorite things to cook
I'm not a good baker or pastry maker because I never had anyone to teach me. I love to try new recipes and nothing makes me feel better than to see the look on someones face after that first bite. You know what I mean, the look that says, YUM! A lot of my friends and family have health issues so I've been working on healthy meals that taste great. But my forte is the grill. Everything tastes better on the grill!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm a meat and potatoes person but I've branched out to learn a little about every culture that I can. I love Asian food and Cajun/Creole is a close second. There's always Turkey for holidays and steaks on the grill in the summer. But down home American cooking is what the family loves.
My cooking triumphs
Smoking meats on the BBQ is something that I've really worked on and enjoy. Learning Asian, Cajun/Creole styles so they tast like the restaurant is another plus. But the ultimate was my first attempt at Creme Brulee. The gang said it was 4 star restaurant perfect! WOO HOO!
My cooking tragedies
There are so many I don't know where to start! My parents, friends and family suffered through many years of flops and disasters but kept encouraging me to try and try again. I think the worst of the worst was my first attempt at gumbo. First, you have to learn how to make a roux. Second, you have to learn how not to burn the roux.....or your kitchen!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Peppered Shrimp Alfredo
This was really good! I did make a few minor adjustments. The family demanded that I not add the cayenne pepper. I had medium shells instead of penne so I used them. The portobellos I sliced into medium thick strips and I had a jar of roasted red bell peppers that I used instead of fresh. Everyone loved this dish! One thing to note, I have yet to find alfredo sauce that isn't salty so don't add any salt until you've tasted it just before it's ready to plate. Mine didn't need any because the salt in the alfredo sauce was enough. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks to the original poster.

601 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2008
Buttermilk Pancakes II
Outstanding! I made this exactly as the recipe stated. The only things that I'd like to mention is that this made 15 large pancakes and I made them on a round electric griddle set at 375 degrees. I also think it's important to let the milk, buttermilk, egg mixture come close to room temperature befor mixing with the dry ingredients. I think this enhances the rise in the pancakes. My entire family gave this 5 stars and I thank the original poster!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2008
Indian Tandoori Chicken
This was yummy! I did make a few slight changes based on prior reviews. I used a 2 lb. whole chicken that I broke down into pieces. The onion I grated. Same with the ginger. In place of the garam masala I used 2 tsp. of Tandoori Seasoning from Penzeys. I omitted the cayenne pepper, which I won't do the next time. It needs the spice and puch. I think 1/2 tsp. would be fine for our tastes. I also didn't use the food coloring or the cilantro. I grilled this on the BBQ (It was 35 degrees outside.) and it came out fantastic!!!! Served with saffron rice and fresh steamed asparagus. Nothing was left at the end of the meal. Compliments to the original poster, as this is definately a keeper!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2008

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