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Home Town: A Nice Place To Grow Up, Illinois, USA
Living In: The Big City, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
Used to be an eat-out, carry-out kind of person. Didn't buy much at the store except cereal and snacks. Now I have more time than money so I cook.
My favorite things to cook
Have always enjoyed baking and sharing what I make with friends and family. I wish I made better bread, it's okay but nothing special. I also love to make soups.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my favorite memories from when I was young was watching my mom and dad in the kitchen together making fudge and divinity.
My cooking triumphs
I was very proud of a Thanksgiving dinner I made for my parents years ago. Everything was healthy and low-fat - and delicious, or so I thought. Years later Mom admitted that they went to a restaurant on the way home cuz Dad was still hungry. LOL!
My cooking tragedies
No matter what I do, I can't make Chinese food that tastes like carry-out. Don't tell me I need a certain pot or pan or spice or recipe because it's been 30 years and I have tried everything. I am Chinese cooking impaired.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Granny Cake II
This cake has a lot of promise, but it's not a "pineapple cake." It's a cake where pineapple acts just like applesauce, replacing oil with sweet fruit pulp to make a healthier treat. To call it a pineapple cake is to raise the taste expectations to a level it can't meet. Though bland and sweet, this dense, moist cake is the perfect base for a coffee cake. All it needs is some zest. The next time I bake it, I'll add cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a pinch of salt. I'll top it with a crumb blend of brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter. I think it will turn out 4-star tasty as well as 5-star easy.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 4, 2012
Italian Beef Sandwiches
This is the Chicago Italian Beef you've been craving. I used to live near Buona Beef on Roosevelt Road and would feast on their drippy, delicious sandwiches. But that was years ago and I never get out that way anymore. I made this recipe, added sauteed peppers and onions, and served with homemade fries as the finishing touch. I am not ashamed to say that everyone gorged themselves, me included. As if recreating a favorite memory wasn't satisfying enough, it cost just a fraction of an equivalent restaurant meal. Now that's a thrill!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2009
Alternative Baked Salmon
I usually do a ginger/teriyaki glaze with salmon, but that gets predictable. This recipe provides a nice change-up with pleasing taste and texture. I have found I can get my honey to eat healthy if I find a way to work in bread crumbs; with this recipe he gets omega 3 fatty acids with the crunch he likes.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2009

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