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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I was the oldest of 8 children so learned to cook for a crowd early on. I love to have dinner parties and try to "wow" my guests with great recipes that I have really helps! While I normally cook for about 6-8 people at dinner parties, each year I have a holiday party that includes a sit-down gourmet dinner for 2 dozen people.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook items that have a wonderful and unique taste, but don't take all day to make. I love to find new appetizer or dessert recipes that can start or end a meal with a great impression. If I can find a good, low calorie recipe, I feel really lucky. I also love to make a good homemade soup, especially on a cold winter day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My great-grandparents owned a bakery near Stockholm, Sweden. Especially during the Christmas holidays, I make a wonderful butter cookie that was handed down to me from them. I also make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning that my grandmother always made.
My cooking triumphs
I have had my recipes published in the local paper. I won a contest at my local Trader Joe's for a recipe I made from their store items. A cocktail I make was used by a hotel as their "drink of the day." I have self-published a 200+ page cookbook for me and my friends; it is now in its second edition!
My cooking tragedies
On more than one occasion, I have gotten in great discussions with my dinner guests and forgotten an appetizer in the broiler until the food is burnt to a black crisp! While I am embarrassed when that happens, my friends are understanding and we have something extra to laugh about during the evening. Remember food is wonderful but don't take your cooking too seriously!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Ratatouille Bake
I had already made some ratatouille when I saw this recipe. I decided to add some extra basil and parsley to my ratatouille to make it more like the recipe. I did use chicken and cheese ravioli instead of just cheese ravioli and added more mozzarella cheese on top to make sure the entire casserole was covered with it. The results were fantastic. Luckily, we have leftovers so we can have some more tomorrow night! This recipe will go into my special file.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 27, 2009
Tres Leches Cake
This is a really nice cake. Like some other reviewers, I sweetened the whipped cream with powdered sugar and added a bit of vanilla. Instead of frosting the cake, I just served it with a big dollop of the sweetened whipped cream and some nice strawberries. It looked great and tasted great too. The next day, I drizzled caramel sauce on a dessert plate, put a piece of the cake on top, and added a dollop of cream on the side. It was a nice change but very good too. I put to good use the cup of cream mixture that is discarded from the recipe. I served it over berries. Yum!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 8, 2009
Sweet Bacon Crackers
I have made this easy recipe for many years and always gotten rave reviews. To reduce calories and mess, I don't even use any brown sugar and people still love them. I do always cook them on a rack to prevent them from becoming too oily and to prevent oven flare-ups.

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 6, 2008
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