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Home Town: Outside Of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Boondocks Outside Of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I wasn't interested in cooking till my late 20's because my nana told me, "You better learn to cook or no man will be interested in you!" I wasn't interested in THAT so...But, I got tired of eating Spaghetti O's and Dinty Moore so I learned for my own benefit. Now my husband appreciates that!
My favorite things to cook
The foods I grew up with (Hunkie recipes) and alot of things new and different from that tradition that appeal to me: Mexican, Italian, Korean, Thai, etc...Spicy foods are my favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family gets together twice a year for "Pierogie Day" and make my Nana's/ aunt's pierogies (we fill ours with meat). We each have our "place on the assembly line" and make/pack about 15 dozen in the 3 hours we allow before watching the Steelers game!
My cooking triumphs
Cooking food that family and other people seem to enjoy. I'm not used to cooking for just two people now, so I make alot and either freeze or give the extras to family and friends (especially my husband's single male friends who are thrilled to get a home cooked meal)
My cooking tragedies
I'm lousy at baking (I hate to measure ingredients-I'm more of a pinch, splash, and to-taste cook) and, for our first "Kids do the cooking Thanks- giving" I attempted a pie...I got as far as a multi-patched crust before giving up-and my brothers took it around for everyone to laugh at!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread
Just finished eating some--yummy! The 3 bowl concept put me off at first...but I had no mix, or the buttermilk other recipe's called for, so I attempted it. First off, let me admit that I altered the recipe (1 can or creamed corn in place of 1 cup of the milk, and 2 eggs instead of 3, plus the 7 1/4 x 11 3/4 pan I had avail) which I'm sure made a difference. Took an extra 7 minutes in the oven and was a little crumbly--but if using the 3-bowl method gave it the rise and great taste that it has, it was worth a few extra dirty bowls!!! I'd add an extra jalapeno to my next batch though...

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2013
White Bean Chicken Chili
Just got done making a big batch of chicken chili--never realizing that the recipe I'd written down came from here! I always add a few hot peppers and celery to my saute, use tomatillo salsa, and substitute white and yellow hominy for the fresh corn...but the bones came from this...As soon as my cornbread is done I'll be enjoying it!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2013
World's Best Pasta Sauce!
I made this sauce tonight (a double batch since the reviews were so glowing) and I thank you for getting me out of the "doctored up" jarred sauce rut! Being me, of course I improvised a bit: Hot Italian Sausage, Deer ground meat, porta- bellas, and Chianti instead of water... But that's what makes the recipe so great --the basics are so good you can feel free to adapt it to your own tastes!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2008

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