Grifo Profile - (10325719)

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Home Town: Cragsmoor, New York, USA
Living In: Valrico, Florida, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Mango Sping Rolls
Stephan and Jill's Wedding Cake
Lemon Blueberry Custard Pie
Worlds Best Bacon Cheese Dip
About this Cook
I am married and have 4 kids ALL BOYS, right now they are all young. I just retired (after 14 years) as a bakery manager for Publix Supermarkets (a major chain in the southeast). I am a new student at The Art Institute of Tampa, in their culinary program. Other than cooking I love watching sports (football & hockey) and running around the yard or going to the pool with the kids. Go Bolts!!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods for large groups. Either family gatherings or having friends over for a party or sporting event. I also enjoy decorating wedding & other "center piece" cakes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's got to be the holidays starting with Grandma's turkey at Thanksgiving all the way through my father's anti-pasta on New Years Day (his birthday)
My cooking triumphs
I recently did all the food for my mother's surprise birthday party, that included appetizers, an anti-pasta, lasagna, and I baked and decorated a carrot cake. I accomplished all of this in 6 hours (using 2 kitchens) and kept it on the down low!
My cooking tragedies
I have had my share of learning experiences, and I'll leave it at that.
Recipe Reviews 53 reviews
Famous Pork Chops
I followed the recipe to a tee and still ended up with tough dry pork chops with a wonderful breading... I just don't think I am intended to make pork

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 14, 2009
Mango Spring Roll
These tasted very fresh! I accidently bought wonton wrappers as opposed to egg roll wrappers so mine were small and thick skinned but still delicious. I substituted vanilla greek style yogurt for the mayonnaise because I used these as a dessert and I just can't eat mayonnaisse. I also srinkled them with some cinnamon sugar right out of the fryer. I served them on a key lime sauce to cut the sweetness of the mango.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2009
Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
I added 1 TBL mirin and a dash of wasabi powder to the marinade/glaze it tasted GREAT. I grilled it (as per a previous review), for me that was a mistake the marinade that was on the fish never really set so when I went to put the glaze on it just slid off of the fish, but the taste was still there and it married perfectly with the rice and stir-fry I served with the fish. I was just a bit weak on it's own hence the 4 star

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2009
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