Donna Profile - (10296903)

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Home Town: Hopewell, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been cooking and baking since I was about 12 - that's about 35 years. I considered going to culinary arts school, but never did. I love all kinds of cuisine - I just love food (and eating.)
My favorite things to cook
I like easy recipes with a lot of ingredients. Those kinds of recipes always seem to be more satisfying and flavorful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my favorite recipes from when I was a kid are my mother's Stuffed Peppers. I've never had anything like them before or since! Also, Chicken Paprikash right from my Hungarian family kitchen. I will get those recipes on this site at some point.
My cooking triumphs
I once made a goat cheese and roasted vegeteble lazagna completely from scratch, including scratch pasta with my new pasta machine. It took forever, but it was awesome!
My cooking tragedies
In the early days (when I was 12-13) I blew up the gas stove when I was getting ready to bake something. Yikes! I had turned on the gas while waiting for my aunt to come over to light the oven (see, there was a reason they didn't let me do it.) Right before she came over I turned it off again, thinking it had been on too long. I said nothing to her and she lit the oven and it blew up in her face (she was okay, just singed and mad.) Baking has been a tragedy since I moved from the east coast to Colorado. The altitude changes everything, but I never know when to adjust. Sometimes it just means taking a chance to see if the recipe will work out or needs adjusting.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Mom's Potato Latkes
Super yummy delicious, and oh so easy. I chop the onion then shred up the potato on top of it all in the food processor. Then, just dump it out into a bowl and add the rest. I use matzoh ball mix instead of plain flour.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2013
Cabbage Rolls II
This is a very good basic recipe. I only tweaked it a little to make it a bit more flavorful. I added 2t of Worcestershire and 2T of Parmesano Reggiano to the meat mixture. I also simply baked it in the oven, covered with foil, at 375 for 20 minutes.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2013
Sweet Potato Patties
These patties were great! I made them exactly as the recipe says. I changed the sauce only because we accidentally bought vanilla yogurt and decided adding pineapple juice would be much too sweet. BUT, we happened to have a jar of pineapple salsa (just pineapple and spice, no tomato) in the fridge. That handled the fruity and the spicy, while the yogurt contributed creamy and sweet. Awesome all around!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2012

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