I'm Shannon and I am currently a junior in high school. I am an athlete, but also an avid baker. I am still learning to cook, and would like to learn as much as I can. The kitchen is where I feel most relaxed and can escape the everyday chaos.

  • Location: Michigan
  • Favorite foods: fresh produce, pastas, meatloaf, fried chicken, casseroles, soups, BREAD, carrot cake, cookies, french macarons, pies, pretty much all food.
  • Last bite on earth: My mother's chocolate covered cherry cookies.

Cook the Book: The Sunset Cookbook

Lots and lots of roasted vegetable soups!

Cook the Book: 'The Essential New York Times Cookbook'

Dorie's Baking From My Home to Yours.

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

Boule Bakery in a small town in southern Michigan. Very traditional and very good.

Cook the Book: 'The Gourmet Cookie Book'

Homemade oreos...perhaps it's just the novelty?

Cook the Book: 'Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies'

Chocolate covered cherry cookies...I could eat dozens.

Cook the Book: Barefoot Contessa, 'How Easy Is That?'

Scalloped potatoes with ham, a simple side salad, warm crusty rolls served with garlic butter. Homey, but simple and delicious.

Cook the Book: 'Fresh from the Market'

Boeuf Bourginignon and as many casseroles that we can stuff into our oven. Oh and pies and pumpkin, especially together!

Weekend Giveaway: 'How to Cook Like a Top Chef'

When the contestants are given the vanding machine snacks for their quickfire.

Must have fruit.

Apples, I absolutely must have one a day.

Cook the Book: 'The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto'

It was in the south of France and I had the most incredible salted butter caramel gelato.

Any Last Requests?????

A big stack of buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast.

Mushroom pizza for lunch. And a giant honeycrisp apple.

My mother's baked ziti with crusty, warm rolls for dinner

Carrot cake for dessert

Oh and different types of cookies with ice cream for snacking :)

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

The first honeycrisp apple of the season that I picked off the tree at the orchard.

Cook the Book: 'Mary Mac's Tea Room'

My best friend's grandmother made us her top secret red velvet cake recipe and laughed at us while we tried to guess what was in it. That cake was unbelievable.

Need Layer Cake Recipe for Mom's Birthday!

The carrot cake is moist, flavorful, and caloric. I highly recommend it. :)

Need Layer Cake Recipe for Mom's Birthday!

Anyone who has ever eaten it here loves Ina's Carrot Cake.

You can eat a whole box of _______in one sitting!!

@MariannaF, Oh man I forgot about chocolate covered raisins. My sister and I once ate an entire Costco jug of them while we were watching Pride & Prejudice...

You can eat a whole box of _______in one sitting!!

Salted Cashews
Mac 'N Cheese
Rice A Roni
Any Ice Cream

How do you roast your marshmallows?

I slowly toast them until they are puffy and the inside in melted then I torch it until the entire thing is black. So good!

Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'

Mario Batali. Italian food all the way.

Weekend Giveaway: 'United Cakes of America'

Michigan sweet cherry crisp!

Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish

I make a mean vanilla bean gelato, which is perfect served with some summer berries. Who doesn't like ice cream?

Cook the Book: The Good Stuff Cookbook

Blimpie's is Ann Arbor, MI.

What would you be?

Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

Homemade spinach ravioli with a chunky fresh tomato sauce served with some grilled, garlic-rubbed italian bread. And maybe a little raspberry gelato for dessert! :)

What's Your Favorite Topping for Ice Cream?

I'm old fashioned. Ice cream is the best with fudge sauce, rainbow (only rainbow) sprinkles, crushed peanuts, and whipped cream,


Quick question: Can you refrigerate brownie batter overnight? If so, would you bake them straight from the fridge or would they have to sit out?

I have to make 12 trays of brownies for Monday, but I have a jampacked weekend so I was trying to think of ways to do them ahead. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

Kickoff Party Help

Hey everyone, so I just found out that I will be hosting a party in the summer for my classmates/staff reporters on our newspaper (I'm 17) and our paper's adviser. It's a sort of kickoff party for the editor to welcome everyone and to bond with the new girls on staff and plan for the year. Anyway, the party will be in August at my very tiny house for roughly 30 people.
Sitting down at one table together, obviously then, is not an option. My mom and I were thinking of doing a barbecue since it will be summer, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for some other party foods that a group of teenagers would enjoy and that would be fairly inexpensive?
I love to cook so ease of preparation will not be an issue, but I am aiming to have everything made in advance except for the meats on the grill.
Finally, desserts and baked things are my specialty so does anyone also have any cute, creative ideas for some sweet things? :)

Almond Coffeecake Recipe Needed

Hello everyone! This is my first post on SE, but I have been using this site for a while. That's why I knew you all could help me with a recipe. :)
Every Christmas morning, my family snacks on coffeecake while we open presents. This year, my mom requested a simple almond coffeecake made with almond paste that is moist and buttery. Does anyone know where I could find a delicious coffeecake recipe like this?
Thanks in advance!

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