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Home Town: Long Island, New York, USA
Living In: Long Beach, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Apr. 7, 2014 4:18 pm 
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About this Cook
I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother by marriage and great aunt. My empty nest seems full most of the time and they all are ready to eat at any moment. I am busier now than I ever imagined once I retired. I now manage our parish friendship kitchen and help in the food bank. Part of what I love most is helping our clients learn to eat nutritiously on their very meager budgets and Allrecipes has been an invaluable tool.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything i can make from scratch, i like to bake breads, rolls, cookies, cobblers, pies. I like to make large dinners too and entertain frequently. I love trying new recipes out on friends and family. Sunday brunch has become a family focal point and if something new doesn't appear they act deprived.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really grow up with any. Neither my mother or grandmother were great cooks. I learned to cook by trial and error on my own. But I married into a family of excellent cooks who went all out for holidays. All of my children cook well and we work well together preparing holiday meals.
My cooking triumphs
My first successful yeast bread. I spent years being terrified of yeast. The first time my MIL complimented me on a meal I felt like I had won an Emmy.
My cooking tragedies
My early years of cooking were one fiasco after another. I could actually cook fairly well, but had no idea when to start things so they all were ready at the same time. Some meals took whole evenings. My poor husband never once complained, although he did once mention he hoped dinner would be over before it was time for breakfast.
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Elbows Salad with Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella
I thought the premise was good but it needs more flavor. I added 3 cloves of finely minced garlic and 1/4 cup fresh oregano to the mixture. I also refrigerated the mixture overnight so the flavors could meld and added it to the elbows veggies and cheese. We enjoyed this for Sunday brunch. Thanks, Barilla

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2014
Mini Rotini with Carrots and Peas
I went in a different direction with this because it just read like it needed something. I cooked the rotini in chicken broth, used frozen peas and carrots that I added to the rotini for the last 5 minutes. I had no leeks so I sauteed Vidalia onion, which I large diced, until golden. I served this at room temperature, dressed with really good EVO and white wine vinegar. I found this needed way more salt than I prefer to use and still needed something more to be really satisfying. I do like the idea so I'll play with it a bit more.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2014
Elbows Mac and Cheese with Tuscan Herb Sauce
This is another recipe that I adapted for use at our soup kitchen. We had a nice package of grated mozzarella, so I sprung for a few jars of the Tuscan Herb Sauce (which I really like!) and I used half and half in place of the heavy cream. It was a huge success! Once again Barilla made me look like a star!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2014
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