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xgymnast


xgymnast
 
Home Town: Gilroy, California, USA
Living In: Weinheim, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Fishing, Reading Books
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Prezel and a Beer
About this Cook
I'm from a big Italian Family where everyone knows how to cook. No one really ever taught me, we just hung around the kitchen and learned. I enjoy looking at new recipes to get ideas and then putting my twist on a dish which usally means lots of garlic!
My favorite things to cook
Pasta sauce is my speciality. I don't follow a recipe so it turns out different every time, but oh so good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother got a great recipe out of Sunset magazine in the 70's for Christmas bread. She started making it for everyone: family, our teachers, coaches, neighbors, etc. People waited all year for that bread. I started making it in college and produce several batches each year for co-workers and friends. It is a great recipe to pass on in the family and the smell immediately takes me home for the holidays, even when I am far away.
My cooking triumphs
This Christmas I had my first dinner party with 3 other couples. I made a turkey, ham, and got several ideas off this website. Everyone raved about the food. I just love cooking for other people.
My cooking tragedies
Mac and Cheese. No fail-- it is so easy I usally end up not paying attention and burning it...go figure.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Best Green Bean Casserole
I thought this was good but my husband didn't like it. He likes the traditional casserole without a lot of extras.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2008
Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
One bite and my husband said you have to make this again. I told him what was in it and he was glad he tried it first and was hooked since the ingredients are unusal for regular salad eaters. Deffinetly will make again and again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2008
Bone-In Ham Cooked in Beer
Great and easy. My guests from Virgina said it was one of the best hams they've every had!

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