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Home Town: Smithtown, New York, USA
Living In: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm originally from the East Coast, NY and VA to be specific. My husband is from Puerto Rico, and me being of Italian heritage, we make a dangerous combination! We both LOVE food, and love to try new foods! Just a note to allrecipes cooks: If you change a recipe beyond recognition, don't rate it! You're rating your own recipe! Not the one on the website. Here's a thought! Submit it as a new recipe if it's so good!!! Sorry. ;) I like the suggestions on the site, but sometimes there are just too many alterations!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Italian food, comfort foods and desserts. My husband wishes I would cook more "real" food! He is a great chef, and is very good at cooking traditional Puerto Rican food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
All holidays involved lots and lots of cooking! We always had traditional American food and Italian food. Growing up, I was always afraid to try the things my Pop-pop made, like caponata and stuffed mushrooms, but now I wish I would have been more brave! They're delicious!
My cooking triumphs
I had the recipe my mother gave me (that her father gaver her) to make a good red sauce- for lasagna. Well, the day I planned to make it, I lost the recipe and didn't want to cook, but my husband urged me to do it. Well, I did it without the recipe and it came out great! My first try. I guess it's in the blood. My husband also loves my potato salad, and I finally got my chicken pot pie just right. I make a great cookie too!
My cooking tragedies
Ah, which one to choose. Sweet and sour something. It was a horrible corn starch blob, more like a gelatin. That's the worst one I can think of. I'm sure my husband could think of a better one!
Recipe Reviews 34 reviews
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
I thought these were ok. I'd rather have a traditional almost shortbread like pb cookie. eh.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2010
Bake Sale Lemon Bars
I made this according to the recipe. It is a good "jumping off point." I LOVE lemon desserts, and let me tell you - this does NOT have enough lemon flavor. It's just a hint. The crust is good- but 20 minutes was a little too long in the oven for me - it got a little brown on the bottom- I'd probably try a different dish next time. There was PLENTY of crust - and a little less lemon topping. It was OK - but next time, I'd cook the crust less, maybe 15 mins, and probably double the lemon or use lemon zest.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2010
Banana Sour Cream Bread
This came out great. I scaled it down for one loaf (and 2 bananas) by changing the servings to 9. Just remember, that doesn't change the sour cream measurements, so you have to do a little math. It was delicious and moist. I followed the directions exactly. Plenty of banana flavor.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2010

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