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Home Town: North Canton, Ohio, USA
Living In: El Segundo, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert
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Double Trouble Cinnamon Coffee Cake
About this Cook
I'm 51 years old. I've been married for 26 years and have two daughters (17 and 21). We've lived in California for the past eighteen years. I fully embrace the warm weather California lifestyle but my midwestern roots are a big part of the way I cook and entertain to this day.
My favorite things to cook
I love to prepare different cuts of meats and fish, all kinds of vegetables, and particularly desserts. I was a big fan of bread baking before I turned 40 and discovered that it wasn't in my best interest to eat bread (even good homemade bread) every day. :( Now I enjoy grilling, and experimenting with ethnic foods like Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle eastern specialties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Italian food! My mother's family is Italian and some of my fondest food memories involve Italian food - particularly the bread, meats, and pastries. I also remember all the great big family gatherings of my childhood - featuring gargantuan platters of food (pigs in a blanket, green bean casserole, pasta, chicken, etc.) The only Midwest food tradition I avoid completely is that midwestern fondness for Jello salads, Cool Whip, and canned soup casseroles. YUCK!
My cooking triumphs
I remember the ones from my childhood more than current ones: A roast duck with cherries, a spectacular stuffed crown roast of pork, Chicken Kiev. I had a great time making those for my parents. Nowadays, I'm proud of the pastries and tarts I make, as well as some of the better grilled meats that I've learned to do since discovering Brining.
My cooking tragedies
My poor husband has some horrific memories of the dark days - the six years I was an active vegetarian. Occasionally I could fool him with my mock meat efforts but usually his midwestern carnivore sensibilities were highly offended. One particular horror was some kind of Reuben made without the corned beef. The man will eat anything but he drew the line at this soggy, sauerkrauty disaster.
Recipe Reviews 83 reviews
Strawberry Cheesecake
I love this recipe. The cheesecake is creamy and delicious and it's easy to make it look beautiful with those strawberry swirls. I followed the advice and cut back on the cinnamon in the crust to 1/2 tsp. and it was plenty. NOTE: one of those cellophane packs of honey maid grahams produced exactly 1-1/4 cup crumbs. Will definitely make this one again. Thanks for the recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2015
Bratwurst Soup
Delicious. Next time I'll add more sausage. Don't be afraid of that cayenne - it looks like a lot but it's just the right amount for this big quantity of soup.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2014
Kelley's Peach Cobbler
I needed a cobbler recipe with frozen peaches so I chose this one. Once I started making it, I was a bit skeptical. It seemed like a LOT of liquid and a LOT of sugar for that small bag of peaches. Well, it ended up being delicious and very well received. All that sugar and butter created a caramelly flavor that was hard to beat My (tiny) modifications were to include a small splash of vanilla in the peaches, bake it a good 10 - 12 minutes longer to a medium brown on top and around the edges and to boil the peach liquid down a bit (3 - 4 minutes) before pouring on top of the arranged peaches. So easy and delicious that I'll definitely make it again. Thank you!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 20, 2014
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