Debbie Allen

I love to cook and I love Allrecipes.com. I am a fulltime nurse in the operating room and am on call two weeks out of the month. I live with my husband, Tim and our 21 year old son, Luke. Our 27 year old daughter, Aimee ,is married and lives out of state. When I married 28 years, I thought I could cook, but Tim told me otherwise. For my mother, cooking was a chore, something to get done as quickly as possible, but for his mother, cooking was serious and something to take pride in. She is from South Louisiana and taught me to use spices liberally and to cook slowly. My younger sister has travelled extensively and lived abroad, so she has a very refined palate. When she moved home, she taught me to enjoy gourmet food and use fresh herbs, and I taught her how to cook southern food. She is now in culinary school and is a wonderful cook. It is very flattering that she considers me to be the better cook.
Creole Cornbread Stuffing
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Debbie Allen's rating

DELICIOUS!!!. I did as some of the members suggested and added only one pepper, 1 tsp. cayenne. I also used 2 cans evaporated milk and added a can of chicken broth. I am used to the traditional "dressing", and the consistency of the recipe as stated appeared too much like a " stuffing". I was very unsure about the taste after I had mixed everything as directed, so I added Italian sausage(casing excluded)as recommended by another member. I was beginning to now feel a little better about the taste. However, after cooking as directed ( as a side dish), I was toatally sold!! I took this to Thanksgiving potluck at work ( in rural Arkansas) and it was a huge Hit. I had many requests for the recipe. Will make at Christmas-! Thanks!!

Authentic Thousand Island Dressing
Rating: Unrated
Debbie Allen's rating

Thank you for this recipe!! I am now totally addicted to Thousand Island!!! The first time I made it ( it makes 6 cups), I ate salad everyday- used it on baked potates and dipped my fried mushrooms in it. Heck, I put it on everything! I didnt know that Thousand Island dressing could be so good!!

Cobb Salad
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Love this stuff!! It is practically a staple at my house!! My husbands favorite Cobb Salad is the " Shrimp Cobb Salad" he orders at a private club in downtown Fort Smith. Every time I make this he feels like he is eating in a Restaurant!! I typically use shrimp, but have used chicken and ham. After I buy groceries ( using the shopping list ,of course) I shred my lettuce, cut tomatoes, boil and chop eggs and avocados and place in airtight containers in the fridge. I also keep shrimp and cooked chicken in the freezer, so that all I have to do is build this lovely salad!! I am addicted to the Authentic Thousand Island, so I use it instead of ranch dressing. Yum, Yum!!

Sweet Potato Pie
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Debbie Allen's rating

Excellent!! I always make pumpkin pies ( my husbands favorite) because they have a more rich/tasty flavor than the typical " bland" sweet potato pie. I only tried this because a friend gave me some sweet potatoes and my husband was tired of looking at them try to sprout the counter. I reviewed this recipe and the only change was adding a tbs of flour as recommended by another member. My husband said "This is the best pumpkin pie you've ever made"!!. And believe me, I've made a lot. My son ate all the first pie, but two pieces (breaking my husbands heart), and later said " I wouldnt have eaten it if I'd known it was sweet potatoes"!! I liked jmillers suggestion of using canned potatoes in a pinch,( because I always made pumpkin pie with canned pumpkin), but I do love the pleasure of starting with that one lone potato!! Makes me feel like an artist!!

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Chili Mac Casserole
Rating: Unrated
Debbie Allen's rating

I was hesitant about reviewing this recipe because I did change it to suit my families taste. With the changes, it became a 5 star recipe for us. I have seen review where people lament reviewing recipes that have been changed, but you know, thats just how cooking goes!! Unlike baking which is a formula, cooking just lends itself to changes. As Emeril says, " Its our right, its what makes cooking fun and personal ". In case your tastes are like mine- these are my changes: Used crushed tomatoes instead of diced,deleted the tomato paste and kidney beans and used large shell noodles.

Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup
Rating: Unrated
Debbie Allen's rating

THE BEST POTATO SOUP EVER!!! I consider this soup to be the best gourmet/comfort food I have found yet. My husband who doesnt like potato soup loves it. I made it to take to work and gave the recipe to several people. It was a Huge Hit!!. The only change I made to it was using onions instead of leeks. It is indeed restaurant quality, and when my sister finishes culinary school and opens a restaurant- this will definitely be on the menu.

Chicken Enchiladas with Flour Tortillas
Rating: Unrated
Debbie Allen's rating

GREAT ENCHILADAS!!! I DIDNT CHANGE THE RECIPE AT ALL. BOTH MY HUSBAND AND SON LOVED THEM!! THANKS. I WILL TRY NEXT TIME WITH CORN TORTILLAS AS RECOMMENDED BY ANOTHER MEMBER. THANKS

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
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Debbie Allen's rating

THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE RECIPE MY MOTHER USED WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. I HAVE FOUND THAT THE GRAVY IS TOO THIN FOR MY TASTE WHEN COOKED AS DIRECTED. I DID LIKE OTHERS AND SEASONED MY ROAST WELL WITH RED PEPPER AND SEASONED SALT. BROWNED IN A SKILLET- THEN MADE A ROUX - ADDING ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE GRAVY THE CONSISTENCY I LIKE. I THEN PUT ROAST/GRAVY IN CROCK POT AND ADDED OTHER INGREDIENTS AS SUGGESTED IN RECIPE. MADE A MUCH MORE ROBUST GRAVY.

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Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
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Debbie Allen's rating

This frosting is delicious. My husband is allergic to peanuts, so I substituted soy butter and added a package of philly cream cheese! Very light and fluffy. Delicious on the Argo Pumpkin cupcakes from this site!!

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