Shannon O'K Profile - (16558892)

Shannon O'K

Shannon O'K
Living In: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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Mexican Casserole
Creamy Shrimp Pesto
Cappuccino Drink Mix
Japanese Wafu Burger
Italian Wedding Cookies were a success!
Key Lime Pie
About this Cook
I'm 30 years old and live in Ottawa,Ontario. I have slowly but surely gained an appreciation and desire to cook, bake and experiment with food. I am a bit of a city girl and country girl mixed into one. I am ambitious and adventurous. I love animals and spending time with family. My boyfriend and I have many hobbies that range from motorcycling to growing fruit trees from seed in our apt:) We have a salt water aquarium but also love fishing.We just got a 4 year old red foot tortoise and she is the sweetest thing you've ever seen! My favourite place in the world is my parents house on the lake.
My favorite things to cook
I am open to anything. It's kinda funny because I ever since I was a child until about the age of 25 I didn't enjoy eating meat (esp. read meat). Now I would say some of my favourite things to cook are just that. I have grown to love a great BBQ sauce, pork shoulder, slow cooked beef, chicken wings. I think one of these years I will have to go down South to Tennesee or something and really see how it's done. I also love baking; cupcakes, muffins, coffee cakes, and now cheesecakes. I love traditional food as well as super modern cuisine. My favourite meal of the day to cook is breakfast and the best thing about breakfast is that it can be eaten at any time of the day:) Banana pancakes, blueberry syrup, crepes, or even the perfect fried egg sandwich:) Which growing up was my absolute favourite.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, I was very spoiled growing up. I didn't realize it at the time how important these traditions would actually become. My mother and both Grandmothers are great cooks. My mother always made us special treats, from cookies to cakes to brownies, etc. I always did have a sweet tooth. I remember helping mom in the kitchen a lot. Maybe mostly just lingering around waiting for batter laden beaters;) My mother always made wonderful traditional meals. Pork chops and apple sauce, the best cheese sauce for broccoli and cauliflower and countless other weeknight meals. Now at family get togethers, my mother always put on a huge feast for which I now truly understand all her efforts. My mother would usually do turkey AND ham for Easter. Never skimping on any side dishes or desserts. Christmas, my mother would start her preparations much in advance as she would be cooking for about 15 people. We made punch and tons of appetizers, my favourite was the bacon wrapped water chestnuts covered in plum
My cooking triumphs
For me, a cooking triupmh if when you see your loved ones enjoying the food you have made. If it's something different or ethnic and you have introduced your family or friends to something new and they like it, that is very exciting too. I consider getting all my Christmas food gifts prepared, baked, packaged, mailed and delivered to the recipient a triumph too!
My cooking tragedies
Well, I just has one today:(! My angel food cake sunk:( But I have to figure out where I went wrong or what caused it and then try again some day. I guess when you have a cooking tragedy, improvising is about all you can do, if it's still salvageable! Can't let the failures get you down, just gotta keep at it and learn from mistakes.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Crustless Cranberry Pie
It was a simple yet amazing recipe. My Dad and boyfriend who don't even like cranberries said it was reaqlly good and had seconds. I changed the recipe by only putting in 1/4 tsp of almond extract and 3/4 tsp of vanilla. Also, instead of walnuts I used pecans. So good! Thanks:)

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Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2012
Bierrocks III
These turned out nice. Used crescent roll dough and the coleslaw mix with green and purple cabbage and carrots. Only used groung beef and added a bunch of seasoning, garlic, ground mustard, parsely flakes and s/p. Good base recipe for me:)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2012
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I am waiting for the last batch of these to come out of the oven. My apt. smells like Treats Cookie Shops used too at the mall in the morning. It is a very distinct smell that brings back childhood memories. I am sure it is the cloves that really gives it the character. This is a very good cookie. If made properly no one should be disappointed! Great with coffee or tea.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2012
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