SHAWNMARIE18 Profile - (1569410)


Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Allen, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I took an early retirement after working for Delta Air Lines in Chicago for years. Before moving to Allen I lived in Las Vegas and worked at Bellagio and helped to open the Wynn Las Vegas. The VIP Lounge was a fascinating and exciting place to work. I met many famous people, from celebrities to politicians, etc. My 2 children are grown and living in Chicago and here in the Dallas area. I work out and volunteer my time as much as possible. It's nice to give back. The Catholic Church I belong to, St. Jude is the most amazing place with good friends and supportive groups and outreach programs. They've helped me tremendously through the loss of my husband in May of 2014.
My favorite things to cook
Italian food, sauce and meatballs and lasagne, stuffed shells. I love to bake, and breads are a favorite, also cookies at Christmas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our Thanksgiving is usually spent in Dallas and my children come and help me cook all day. Christmas is also here in the big D, on Christmas Eve we do fish and shellfish. Christmas Day is usually steak on the grill with great sides.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna that is so delicious I always get compliments. I use the meatballs from my sauce the day before and the flavor is wonderful.
My cooking tragedies
Cooking fresh ducks in college, I didn't know that the pellets had not been removed by the hunters, so I cooked them with some lovely orange juice basting. We sat down to eat, about 10 of us and almost broke our teeth on the first bite!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Blue Cheese and Bacon Potato Salad
This recipe is fantastic. I doubled it with no problem, the tip about putting the potatoes on a kitchen towel really worked and completely removed the moisture from them. The dressing is easy to make and tastes fabulous. To be fair I did not add the olive oil, and it was still very good. My family loved how fresh it tasted, not heavy. I quartered some hard boiled eggs and decorated the top with them. Big hit in this household! Thank you for posting this recipe, we loved it.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2013
Snowballs II
So delicious, just like my Grandmother used to make. I did not add the peppermint candy, Rolled them in powdered sugar two times. Now I am hoping they freeze well, I will update as needed.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2011
Clone of a Cinnabon
The buns are in the oven and it smells so great in my house. This was very simple, I followed directions to a T, and they look fabulous. I'll add when I taste, but I think these are going to be a hit! Made these a 2nd time and I dropped the cinnamon down to 2 Tablespoons and added a sprinkle of cardamom to the brown sugar mixture. The first time I made as written and it was just a tad too much cinnamon flavor for us. But this is a wonderful recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2011

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