LINDA REALE Profile - (1064181)

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Home Town: Delaware, USA
Living In: Newark, Delaware, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I have been married for 31 years to a wonderful man. We have four daughters and and wonderful son-in-law and are expecting our first grandchild in October of 2010 (a boy!!) I remember learning to cook as a new wife and making tons of rice. Who would have thought it would expand that much?!?! My mom, mother-in-law and grandmother were wonderful cooks and really helped me along, and I have enjoyed cooking for family and friends over the years, trying out new recipes and even creating some new ones of my own! I was thrilled to find this website. It's wonderful to find well-tested recipes with helpful comments from the cooks who have tried them out, and I enjoy being part of this cooking family on allrecipes!
My favorite things to cook
My husband is Italian, and I was blessed that my mother-in-law wanted to teach me to make her delicious tomato gravy and meatballs. My parents and sister's family love when I cook this for them. I especially love baking a special cake for our family members on their birthdays, so I ask them what kind of cake they would like, and then I search for the best cake recipes I can find. We have enjoyed some deliciously wonderful cakes! I also like baking treats for my husband to take to work and share with his co-workers. Nothing is more fun than baking or cooking a meal for others to enjoy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and I would always get together and make food for graduations and family gatherings. I also have a friend, Pat, who I enjoy cooking with. I love that my nieces and daughters are now becoming independent and are interested in cooking, and we're all 'talking food' and sharing wonderful recipes now, which is great fun. One Christmas I gave all of my children, nieces and nephew a recipe box that I painted their names on and designed especially for each of them and put all of our favorite family recipes in them. It was one of my favorite gifts to give.
My cooking triumphs
Hummm... So much great food to choose from!! Everything that turns out well is a triumph! I make an "Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli" soup that is always a big hit with our family on New Years Eve that a friend shared with me. We've enjoyed lots of wonderful cakes and pies from this website. Our family especially liked a "Ramjam Chicken" marinade recipe from this website too.
My cooking tragedies
One year at Thanksgiving our oven broke, and I wasn't a very experienced cook at the time. I made the mistake of cutting the turkey up and putting it in the microwave. Opps!! It came out like rubber. Never put a turkey in the microwave!! It was a disaster!! My mother-in-law thought that was sooooo funny!! I never quite got to the point where I thought it was funny, but I'm glad she had such a good sense of humor!! :)
Recipe Reviews 38 reviews
Dark Chocolate Cake II
This cake is so easy to make and delicious!!! I used cake flour, dark unsweetened cocoa and buttermilk (no vinegar) as suggested by another reviewer. The entire cake was gone quickly. Next time I'll make two!! Thanks for a great recipe, Kellygurll!! I used 'Rich Chocolate Frosting' by Amy Via from the Allrecipes website. Excellent together!!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2011
German Chocolate Cake III
Loved this cake; however, it did stick to the pans!! The icing was sticky enough that I could icing the layers back together and no one knew the difference! No need to change the recipe or add anything, but the icing does need to cool first, and give it at least an hour in the fridge. Do make an extra half recipe of icing and toast the coconut and pecans! I do think that next time I will take the advice of others and put the can pans in the freezer for an hour before attempting to remove them from the pans since "it doesn't dry out the cake, and the layers will pop right out if you use a hot wet cloth on the bottom of the pans", so why not? Delicious cake!! Thank you, Dean!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2011
Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Great way to make lots of grilled-cheese sandwiches at the same time. They go great with a pot of chicken corn soup. I lost track of how many my son-in-law ate. We loved them with the cheddar cheese, as I always used Amercian cheese in the past.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2010
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