lisapalermo Profile - (10575923)

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Home Town: Des Plaines, Illinois, USA
Living In: Bartlett, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Music
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Lisa's Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake 3
Lisa's Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake 2
Lisa's Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake
Lisa's Cinnamon Rolls
Burrito Pie
About this Cook
I have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I am the youngest of five kids and spent a lot of time with my mother in the kitchen. My parents are from Italy and I would make homemade pasta and sauce with my mom almost every day. She pretty much made everything from scratch, breads, sauces, pasta, cakes, etc... I don't think she ever bought a cake mix until about 2 years ago. I loved being in the kitchen with her and fell in love with cooking and creating. 20 years ago, my aunt and uncle opened a deli and my mom began cooking there. The pastas and other specialty took over and they outgrow their little store. They offer catering and sit-down now. Here is a link to some pictures of their food...
My favorite things to cook
Obviously, I love to cook Italian food, but I also enjoy Mexican food. My husband will try anything, which makes cooking even that much more enjoyable.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Spending time with my Mom in the kitchen. We have many traditions in our family. We make special cookies at Christmas and Easter, among other items.
My cooking triumphs
Making an unbelievable Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake at Thanksgiving about 4 years ago. I now have to make it every year. It came out looking better then the picture in the recipes, which never happens. I only wish I took a picture of it. I now keep a camera in the kitchen with me.
My cooking tragedies
Since I like to try new things, there have been many tragedies, luckily, I can't remember them :).
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Burrito Pie
Excellent!!! I love that you can add your favorite items. I added a can of corn and used 2 tortillas for each layer with some refried beans between each. Will definitely make again and again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2008
Sloppy Joes II
Excellent. The only change I made was to double the sauce recipe as other's suggested. Will definitely make these again and again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 10, 2008
Vicki's Hush Puppies
These are awesome. I tried another recipe on this site and was very disappointed. I had to try another recipe since I still had the taste for hush puppies. I took suggestions from others and cut the amount of sugar down to 1/4 cup, added garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. I also added a can of creamed corn and the batter was perfect, no milk needed. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes before frying. I can't wait to make these again.

224 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2008

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