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Home Town: Staten Island, New York, USA
Living In: Manhattan, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I am 22 yrs old, but dont underestimate me and my cooking! I will be graduating pharmacy school within the year. They always say pharmacists are great cooks bc we have to follow the directions when making drugs. I grew up in an all Italian neighborhood, but my eyes were opened to the world outside italian food when I moved to queens ('the melting pot of america'-the most diverse county in the nation) and tasted all the types of food from nationialities that I never even knew existed... I fell in love <33 and didnt have italian food half as often. I am half italian (this side taught me how to eat- AND ALOT) and half Irish (this side taught me how to drink- Haha)... My other loves are pictures traveling, fast food, music which has to be on ALL the time (except when I study), football (NY JETS!!), road trips, and just hanging out with my friends and family who I love VERY dearly. Oh and after graduation i will take Spanish classes to learn the language.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVVVVEEE to bake cookeies bc i have SUCH a sweet tooth and many cavities to prove it!! Recently I have been expanding and baking lots of Mexican food and starting to fall back to my old Italian roots. Oh and king Arthur Flour cookbook is a MUST for any baker!!oh and btw this website is friggin awesome
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well growing up in an Italian family the food doesnt ever seem to end when at the table and when it does theres always cake coming and usually more than one type! When I brought my friends home from queens (of different backgrounds) they asked what the occasion was since we were having cake Ha... Wait until there actually is an occasion!! Oh its an insult to any italian if you come to their house and you dont eat anything and you MUST always finish what is in your dish!
My cooking triumphs
I had a huge final in pharmacy school and I decided to make a stew for me and 18 friends after the final. I left it simmering while I was at school taking the exam (my 1st time leaving stovetop on while being out- Im sure EVERYONE has experienced the worry that comes along doing that for the first time ) and we came hoome to an AMAZING aroma and a stew to absolutely die for!
My cooking tragedies
Using baking poweder (recipe called for alot) that was two years expired!! cookies barely rose! Im sure their will be plenty of more to come.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Fluffy Pancakes
Absolutely excellent-- I will never go back to boxed mix again (except to get rid of whats in the closet LOL) I used these on my waffle iron and they came out phenominal. (I was a little worried since it was a pancake recipe) I mixed about a 1 and a half tea of vanilla with the egg and butter and put 1 tea of cinnamon in the flour and YUMMY! FYI it only made 2 and a half waffles -- but thats a perfect breakfast for 2!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2011
Onion Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Excellent alternative to candied sweet potatoes. I added string beans, as one reviewer suggested, and it really provided an incredible blend! I thought I had onions onhand, but I was WRONG! I added the crispy fried onion toppers and it provided an incredilble crunch! I only used 1 package of onion mix to make it healthier (theres ALOT of sodium in those mixes- one was just fine). Baked at 450 covered for 15 minutes, then lowered to 350 uncovered bc I was cooking a turkey meatloaf. After a total of 35 minutes, they were done. Thanks for this great easy recipe! Will be using in the future !

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2011
Spicy Peach-Glazed Pork Chops
This was one of the very few recipes I ever followed pretty much EXACTLY on this site and it came out great. I just added onions to the oil to give flavor when browning. Also dusted the pork with paprika, chili, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. I Doubled the sauce, prob could have kept just 1/2 cup of wine, however, but this is just a personal preference based on desired consistency. Great flavor- great and QUICK meal! Had this recipe in my box a while, but could never find chili paste. I finally realized why i couldnt, i was assuming it was a Mexican spice and kept looking in the mexican section of the supermarket. It is actually an Asian spice. I had no problem finding it after realizing that. It was my 1st time cooking with it and i LOVE the flavor it adds. Great recipe! I had it over egg noodles, prob will try brown rice next time!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 9, 2011

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