Gina Profile - (10233765)

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Home Town: Medford, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Marlton, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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A Happy Time...
About this Cook
I'm a South Jersey girl. I've been cooking or in the restaurant business all my life. My parents owned a deli & a restaurant in a private golf course, so my dream is to someday have my own, hopefully with MY children & Grandson. A real Italian family place.
My favorite things to cook
Of course it's Italian, but I'm quite the baker. I love when people come to me & say how much they enjoy my food. I can pretty much make anything, but I always put my own spin on things & tweak it the way I like it. Making things more healthy is very important to me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve dinner is a big thing in my family. And before my Aunt became ill,(she recently passed away, matriarch), we would all go to her house before Easter & make "Bizza", Easter egg pie, & stuffed artichokes. The recipe for the egg pie is from my great grandmother from Italy. It takes ALL day! Great memory, great food, we looked forward to it every year.
My cooking triumphs
It's hard to say because I do it everyday. Bracciole is a big hit, usually, but being in a SMALL(pop.1500)dairy town now, I can't make what I want & even have them know what it IS let alone try it! I even made a stuffed artichoke here ONCE, & people thought it was some kind of a dessert!
My cooking tragedies
Without a DOUBT, Watermelon Upside-Down cake. My fault for following a recipe exactly. It was horrid. Do not try this at home!! Lol...
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Beans, Greens and Garlic Soup
This is called "maneste" in our family, different than "pasta e fagioli". If my grandmother or aunt made a pot on a Sunday we'd all go over, each bringing something different, bread, cake, etc...brings back many wonderful memories. Great if your starting a cold also! Good recipe ??

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2015
Grilled Marinated Shrimp
Great as is but I grow all my own herbs so used fresh everything. Do it. Fresh oregano isn't as strong a flavor. I can't stand dried, the only thing that should be used for are hoagies & pizza sauce lol...but fabulous recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2014
Melon, Mango, and Avocado Salad
Great summer salad. Being cilantro is a semi-acquired taste I've also done this sans avocado substituting lemons for lime/juice, fresh basil for cilantro, & sweet Cherubs (grape tomatoes, halved) for avocado. But I personally loved the original just the way it is. Many possibilities with fruits, herbs, & juices though. Thank you for a wonderful summer salad that's out of the norm. Will use this for catering also ;)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2014

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