Shawn Haley

My Recipes


By the time I was 12 years old, I was already making suppers for my parents, my brothers and my sister. Ironically, I was making those meals because my parents (both food service professionals) were too busy cooking for others to make meals for us. Also, I think they enjoyed having someone cooking for them after a long day of making meals for others. I learned to cook when I was very young and I am grateful for that.

Both my parents are gone now but they live on in the recipes they taught me and for the wisdom they packed into the lessons. One thing I vividly remember is my father reading a recipe from a magazine and then tossing it aside before making the meal he'd just read about. Seeing my puzzled look, he sat down and explained that recipes, like any plans, were just guidelines that you can modify any way you wanted. "Do not be a slave to the cookbook. If you are, no new tastes will be discovered," was his advice that day. Since then, I have traveled around the world and been exposed to new flavors and tastes which have since become part of my life and although the recipes I use were not part of my parents repertoire, their philosophy is imbued in every one.

A little while ago, I realized that a lot of the recipes that I had learned from my parents or had acquired over the years from other sources existed only in my head. I had to write them down and distribute them so that my parents' legacy would not be lost. I am doing that and these recipes are the beginning.

I am slowly putting together the recipes and organizing them into logical groupings. As each part is finished, I will post them here for downloading. Try the recipes out and don't forget they are guidelines meant only to point you in the right direction.
For more information on the recipes contained in each downloadable pdf section, click on the link below:
Sauces and Such
Italian Cooking 1Mexican Cooking 1
Italian Cooking 2Rhubarb and Other Stuff
Italian Cooking 3

Sauces and Such

  • Pan Gravy (au jus)
  • Pan Gravy from Roux
  • Veloute Sauce
  • Seafood Veloute Sauce
  • Bechamel (White Sauce)
  • Classic Bechamel
  • Onion Bechamel
  • Creamy Curry Sauce
  • Lemon Cream Sauce
  • Cheesy Bechamel
  • Hollandaise Sauce
  • Bearnaise Sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Aioli

Italian Cooking 1

  • Bolognese Sauce (Basic Spaghetti Sauce)
  • Spaghetti, Salad & Garlic Buns
  • Chicken Cacciatori with Penne and Spinach Salad
  • Garlic & Chive Butter
  • Meatball Sliders with Raw Vegetables & Avocado Dip

Italian Cooking 2

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pesto al Fusilli with Grilled Pork Skewers
  • Broiled Salmon with Pesto New Potatoes
  • Baked Fish with Potato Salad & Green Beans
  • Spaghetti Ice Cream

Italian Cooking 3

  • Carbonara Cream Sauce with Pasta
  • Linguine or Fettuccine Carbonara
  • Chicken Carbonara with Asparagus
  • Tortellini Carbonara with Italian Salad
  • Apple Frittelle

Mexican Cooking 1


  • Basic Tortillas
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Salsa Mexicana
  • Mexican Salsa Verde (Green Sauce) aka Salsa Molcajete
  • Mexican Salsa Roja (Red Sauce)
  • Guacamole
  • Pickled Chiles and Vegetables aka Escabeche
  • Salsa Ranchera
  • Salsa de Chile Chipotle
  • Salsa de Frutas
  • Chicken Quesadillas

Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese)

Rhubarb and Other Stuff

  • Rhubarb Compote
  • Rhubarb Tarts
  • Basic Cornmeal Muffins
  • Jalapeño Cornmeal Muffins
  • Annette's Rhubarb Muffins
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