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Home Town: Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Wilton, Maine, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Mother Nature?
Mrs. Bumble
About this Cook
I am a wannabe chef who loves to make people happy (and full!) with my cooking. I have a wonderful family, a great hubby and two gifted teens who love to cook as well. My daughter (15) is an accomplished chef with 2 contest wins under her belt and a cookbook of her own in the making. Since I now work nights, my daughter has taken over the cooking for the whole family. She makes the most amazing meals!!! When I am not working, I sing in my church choir and sew costumes for my kids' shows and local community theater.
My favorite things to cook
I love sweets...cakes, cookies, and other home-baked treats. Nothing is more fun for me than taking a family recipe and "playing scientist" by altering and dressing up to make it even better! My doctored-up cheesecakes are getting to be a much-requested item for birthdays in our home. The recipes here are so much fun to "tweak"!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a Sicilian background, and we always had comfort foods as a centerpiece for our holiday celebrations. I learned to make Italian cookies (pizzelles are my favorite, another recipe I found here!)and pastries like my Nonnie loved, and my lasagna and meatballs are coming along nicely. I must say though, my daughter makes a better lasagna and tomato sauce than I do.
My cooking triumphs
Making a wonderful deep chocolate cake and white chocolate icing that was the hit of a surprise bridal shower AND won a bake-off was a real thrill. I hope to someday go to culinary school and hone my skills. Until then, seeing the happy faces of the people I make treats for is all the triumph I need.
My cooking tragedies
I learned a few years ago that I am diabetic, so my sweet tooth had to make some serious adjustments. I still make the decadent sweets, I just have to rely on others to taste them for me! Ah well, I still have fun and I get to make all my thin friends happier...what more can a baker ask for?
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake II
This recipe got my son a second-place win in a local cake bake-off...and a savings bond was the "icing" on the win!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2009
Pumpkin Bread IV
This recipe went from Maine to Florida, Ohio and out west at Christmastime, and it was a big HIT all over! My kids and I baked 6 loaves to send in the mail and all of it arrived perfectly. We added pecans and walnuts to some, and cinnamon chips to others...all scored HIGH on the taste-o-meter. Thanks for a great idea!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2004
Cold Oven Popovers
My 12 yr. old son loves to make easy and almost foolproof! We did have a small "deflation" disaster once, he opened the oven to check on them about halfway thru baking, and they sunk. Still tasted great though! We make them Italian-style, with garlic, basil and black pepper in the batter, and a sprinkle of grated cheese after baking. Molto bene!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2004

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