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Home Town: Wylie, Texas, USA
Living In: Potomac Falls, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 21, and beginning to get the hang of cooking, though I've been baking with my grandma since I was little. I try a new recipe every day, even if it's just making up a new salad dressing.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to make Italian food. I've finally perfected my bolognese and lasagna. I'm working on shrimp scampi and alfredo. I also love to cook things on the grill and I love grilled asparagus and corn most of all. I've been working on Asian dishes, but I don't have the proper tools yet, so that may have to wait.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas until my grandma died, we would make bread for everyone in the family for Christmas presents. The whole thing was a two day ordeal because everything was done from scratch with no bread machine and no frills. It was a lot of work, but the end result made everyone so happy that it was absolutely worth the work.
My cooking triumphs
I'll never forget the time a real-life Italian grandma told me that my bolognese was as good as hers. I beamed for days.
My cooking tragedies
I destroyed several steaks by grilling them on a too-hot grill. That was not only a $70 mistake, it also made for five hungry people who were quite disappointed with the tuna casserole replacement.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
This soup is simple,elegant and perfect for a cool fall evening. The only thing missing in the recipe as printed is a fair amount of salt. Also, to add depth of flavor and some more savory-ness to the soup, I added about a cup of beef stock. That may help those of you who had trouble with a 'too mellow' flavor.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2009
Baked Pork Spring Rolls
INCREDIBLE! Added bean sprouts.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2009
Sweet and Spicy Marinade for Steak
This is my recipe and I thought you all should know that the key to getting peak flavor in your steak (at least with this marinade) is to pierce the meat with a fork several times. This allows the marinade to seep in and obtain optimal flavor in a shorter period of time. I mentioned that in the original recipe but it got lost somewhere between submittal and posting. Thanks for trying it, though! I appreciate the feedback!

25 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2008
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