nrgizrbune41 Profile - (10588470)

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Home Town: Western, New York, USA
Living In: New York, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Baking pies is my all time favorite desert to make. Cheese cake comes in a close second! Than give me a great bar cookie and I'll try those recipes too. I like to make manicotti from scratch making my own crepes instead of filling store bought manicotti shells. My meatballs & sauce is a family favorite that I enjoy cooking. Pork roast with mashed patatoes and home made pork gravy is the best. When I go to a pot luck I always have requests for my pulled pork roast.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Italian cookies. Favorites is a nice crunchy pizzelles and Cuccidati (fig and date cookies) My Moms recipe is excellent; with a tender easy to roll dough with a flavorful filling
My cooking triumphs
Entered Annual Peach Festival cooking contest on a whim. I won first place with a peach desert I put together.
Recipe Reviews 83 reviews
Pumpkin Dessert
Excellent. For those who don't want to make a pie crust this would be great for Thanksgiving. I served with whipped cream & was delicious. Pumpkin was firm to slice...see my photo, but still pie perfect filling. The only thing different; I used spices from Libby's Pumpkin pie recipe & mixed the nuts with the topping just before sprinkling on top & pressed in lightly. This way the nuts stick a bit better & become incorporated into the topping, with less falling away when cutting.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2014
Pizzelles II
This is almost like my family's recipe, except I used vegetable shortening melted. It gives a more crispy "cookie' than butter. I gave this recipe 4 stars because it had too much baking powder. I made 1/2 batch with 2 tsp. baking powder. I had trouble keeping the cookie thin & crispy. 2nd batch I used 1 tsp. Made for a nice crispy cookie.This is photo with 1/2 the amount of baking powder.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2014
Blueberry Crumb Bars
This recipe was changed slightly following some suggestions from other bakers. 1) Used 1/2 brown sugar & 1/2 white sugar for base. 2) used 1/2 butter & 1/2 vegetable shortening, in place of all shortening. Bars were terrific. 3) Beat egg & added 1 Tbsp. water & added to cut together dry ingredients. The only thing I did different, on my own, was taking the dough & pressing small bits of dough,thin to make an almost solid crust on top. Also added a very small thin lemon drizzle over top. I like blueberries & lemon together. Loved by all & finished by end of picnic.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2014

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