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Living In: Binghamton, New York, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Emma. Cutest. Baby. Ever.
Abigail and Emma
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Abigail Evangeline Durkin (2 -1/2 years)
About this Cook
I live in Binghamton, NY with my wonderful husband and 2 beautiful daughters, Abigail (b.01/23/07), and Emma (b. 03/08/10). I am passionate about good food and good company. My big 5-year goal is to return to school to pursue a degree in interior architecture and design with a concentration in kitchen and bath design.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy experimenting with traditional recipes to put new twists on them. I enjoy Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes the most, although I am sure I would enjoy European and Middle Eastern dishes as well, although I haven't really delved into that part of the world much, yet. I am currently working on learning some of the fine points of French cuisine, which I find to be simple, elegant, tasty and delightful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of the most simple things I remember is making our traditional Easter egg bread ring every Easter...oh, the smell of fresh baked bread is so intoxicating! There were also a lot of traditional German fare like sour kraut and kielbasa, and heavy things like chicken fricassee with elbow macaroni and white sauce. Grandma made an amazing split pea soup and mocha frosting (not together, ha ha), and Dad made amazing home made pasta sauce and gravies. Our household may have been a heart attack waiting to happen, but the food was always delicious!
My cooking triumphs
The first time I ever cooked, I was 7 years old. My first dish?: scrambled eggs. And yes, they were cooked all the way through without being gooey. My most recent triumph was a "display cake" (I call it that because it looked so beautiful I almost didn't want to cut into it) from a Bobby Flay recipe that included chocolate and espresso cake layers with dark chocolate and toffee ganache between them. The entire cake was then frosted with coconut butter cream and then coated in coconut flakes. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The kind of thing that makes me wonder if I should make cakes on the side...
My cooking tragedies
I cannot tell a lie...I can't even count them all. Perhaps the worst was an entire sheet carrot cake I attempted, not knowing how much batter I would need, nor the temperature or duration it should be baked for. It ended up overflowing and the center never entirely cooked through. For such a dense recipe (my carrot cake recipe is unbelievably rich) I still don't know if I was being ambitious or just plain dumb.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Best City Chicken
I am originally from Binghamton, NY, and the City Chicken I grew up knowing and loving came from a little known bar on Glenwood Ave called Sharkey's, which is, arguably, the birthplace of what is regionally known as a spiedie (marinated, skewered chunks of beef, chicken, or pork, grilled and served on buttered Italian bread). I believe the City Chicken they made began as marinated chunks of meat (spiedies) that were skewered, coated in breading, and then fried. I HIGHLY recommend marinating the meat chunks before breading and frying. Awesome comfort food!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2010
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Excellent! The only changes I made were to omit the cayenne and paprika, substituting creole seasoning instead. I also added some parsley flakes to the marinade as well. Marinate for about 20 minutes, and the end result is very similar to the shrimp on the barbie served at the Outback Steakhouse. Serve with remoulade sauce for a winning combination!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2009
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