SloanFamily Profile - (12309905)


Home Town: Dixon, Missouri, USA
Living In: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My husband and I share this account and together we have 4 children; 3 girls and 1 boy. We enjoy cooking together as a family or making amazing, flavorful meals for our friends and family to enjoy. My husband has gone to school for culinary arts and I was raised learning from some amazing chefs. I love combining flavors and growing fresh herbs in my garden to create amazing meals.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy main dishes that have a "sauce" of some sort. I am the kind of person who enjoys a good flavorful meat and a complimentary sauce to go with it. However, I enjoy cooking even without sauces. I am particularly skilled with pork and chicken, making amazing ribs and cooking side dishes from scratch. My husband loves to grill but does amazing meals with red and game meats. He prefers to spice things up with his cooking, though our kids don't always appreciate that. Together we have made honey duck, sushi, St. Louis ribs, and crab stuffed venison that have all been absolutely amazing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to pull one of our kids in to help us in the kitchen (if things aren't too stressful that day) and teach them about measurements, timing, and just to appreciate the cooking. When dinner is ready we make sure, no matter how busy we are, to at least a few times a week have a nice family dinner that we all sit down and eat together for. Lastly, my husband and I try to give honest feedback to each other and rate our own meals / main dishes based on flavor, presentation, and bounty.
My cooking triumphs
Some of the best things I have ever made are: Honey Duck Sushi German Potato Salad Brie Asparagus Tres Leches Maple Salmon St. Louis Pork Ribs The best things my husband has made: Cheesy Chicken Alfredo French Bread Sushi Fried Burritos Honey Duck Bugolgi
My cooking tragedies
I was a good cook even when I was quite young. My mother taught me how to cook and a woman I babysat for taught me how to season things by sense of smell and make a meal pop. Despite this, from the time I was about 10 years old and up until I was perhaps 23, I was incapable of successfully making Stove Top Stuffing. Just about anything I could do wrong, I did. My husband once spent hours in the kitchen, cooking up a wonderful chicken meal. He experimented with the flavors and combinations using our limited available ingredients. We all sat down together to eat and together we took our bites of the meat. About 10 seconds later everything was thrown away and we were cooking a frozen pizza. It was not a successful meal.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Crab-Stuffed Filet Mignon with Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce
I loved this recipe but I cannot fairly attest to the original. I altered it more due to a lack of items rather than a disagreement with any of the instructions. I didn't have green onion or shallots and I added an extra can of crab meat. Also, I thought that mushrooms would go great in this recipe so I added them as the sauce cooked down before I read that there were actually mushrooms in the recipes that were supposed to be added later. And I forgot I was out of whipping cream so I used half & half. However, the main thing I did differently, was that I used Venison back strap for this recipe, not filet mignon. It was amazing. No game taste, the meat was tender, the flavors worked perfectly. This recipe is delicious and flexible. It is a little time consuming but not difficult and very very worth it. Even my two 4 year old picky girls loved it.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2013
Honey-Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms
It was a good side dish but an interesting mix of flavors. The herbed potato flavor is right up front and just as you start thinking, mmm love my herb potatoes you get hit with the honey sweetness. It is probably not for everyone but my husband and I really enjoyed these.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2012
Maple Salmon
This recipe is delicious! I have a newfound addiction for this yummy sauce. I also found, if in a hurry, you can cook this in a covered pan on the stove top. Mmmmmm

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2011

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