ginag Profile - (10517499)


Home Town: D.C., USA
Living In: North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening
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About this Cook
I am married, have 2 daughters from first marriage, 1 step-daughter from 2nd marriage(20 yrs!). Animal issues, the environment, and many other causes are a passion of mine. I recycle when possible and am learning about "greening" my environment. Animals! I love'em! That being said, I have 4 kitties, 2 dogs. All were inherited from my 2 girls, but I still love them all.
My favorite things to cook
My Mama's spaghetti sauce, potato gnocchi, a nice steak, chili, any veg dish, pork loin roast, and many more to list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday season, my Dad would cook his special drinking custard and make his cooked coleslaw dressing. Yum! His custard was far superior to the eggnog you buy at the grocers. My Mama would dig out the good linens, silver, dishes and have me iron, polish and wipe down. Then I would set the table, in the formal way of course. At the time I felt like it was a punishment, but now I wish I were 8 all over again for just one Thanksgiving or Christmas. The table and the smell of the food and the long gone family members. What memories!
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was when I finally mastered my Mother's spaghetti sauce. Now that she is gone, every time I taste it, it brings back a flood of great memories.
My cooking tragedies
My first meal for guests. When I was a newlywed I invited over several good friends to show off my cooking talents. I had planned to roast chicken breasts, and have french cut green beans. Sounds good, but it wasn't. I tried baking the chicken frozen, and undercooked the beans (how can you do that?)The chicken was black on the outside and still frozen in the center! The beans had no flavor and was like eating straw. Needless to say, I was horribly embarrassed and was in tears. Luckily, the visitors were amused (they were older than us) yet forgiving. Burger King was busy that night!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake
This is the first cheesecake that I have ever made. Wow! It was easy to put together and bake. And the flavor is outstanding. Everyone absolutely loved it and I got many compliments on it. For the cake itself, I followed the recipe exactly. However, my spring form pan has a slight gap in it so I made a graham cracker crust to put the filling in. Delicious! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, I know I will be making this many,many times.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2009
Easy Fried Spinach
Easy and delicious. I cook green beans this way also. Just put the lid on and steam the beans until they are tender.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2008
Gooey Butter Cake III
So good and so simple. This is my second time baking this dessert. My daughter said that this is her new favorite cake! I served it with a generous scoop of Dulce Du Leche Ice Cream, it goes perfectly together. My only revisions were that I added a teaspoon of salt (to cut the sweetness) and reduced the sugar to 2 cups instead of 4 cups. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe to the letter, but I decided that it was just too sweet to be enjoyable. It works just fine with 2 cups of sugar. This is a wonderful cake recipe. Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2008

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