selina777 Profile - (10683008)

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Home Town: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Living In: Staten Island, New York, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I was never interested in cooking and now I regret it because my mother (deceased) and Grandma (also deceased) were both excellent cooks. My Cuban mother made anything she cooked delicious so that neighbors were constantly commenting on the incredible smells emanating from our house! My Sicilian grandma was the same, whipping up everything from Sicilian square pizza to amazing tender roastbeef to homemade ricotta cookies. If I had paid attention there is a good chance I would not need this site so much! I have to say though that this site has really helped me. I went from beginner w/virtually no knowledge to pretty darn good awfully fast.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make chicken breasts w/sauces and I also enjoy making different pasta dishes. I have made many from this site. I am attempting some more complex stuff (for me anyway) lately like stuffed mushrooms. I used to make cakes when I was a kid (I have a big sweet tooth) and I am getting into that again.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As I already said, I come from a line of excellent cooks so maybe I'll get lucky and find it's in my blood (lol). My mother used to make savory lambchops for my dad which he loved and Cuban beef picadillo which would melt in your mouth. I aspire to be half as good as she was and my grandmother was.
My cooking triumphs
I have had quite a few successes by following recipes on this site. I tend to stick with the ones that have over 4 stars and I always read the reviews from the other cooks. My faves have been the soy garlic marinade (my hubby loved it) and the guy-approved meatloaf as well as the chicken w/caper cream sauce. I plan on starting to take pictures of my finished dishes so you guys can see my progress.
My cooking tragedies
In the beginning, I had a tendence to overcook my chicken breast so that it was tough. Now I know better and watch carefully so that doesn't happen anymore.
Recipe Reviews 57 reviews
Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken
I thought this was heavenly! I used half and half to cut calories and then had to cornstarch the sauce to thicken it but that was my fault, I should have just followed as written and to hell w/the fat! THis will become a regular in our house.

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Reviewed On: May 7, 2009
Blueberry Muffins II
I'm giving these muffins 5 stars because they tasted incredible but they were lighter, fluffier muffins as opposed to the denser kind which I usually prefer. but that aside, anyone would love these, they were that good!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2008
American Chop Suey II
I'm giving this 3 stars only because it was just too bland. I not only did it all to the ltr (except for using crush tom instead of tom soup) but I added garlic so you'd think it would at least be as flavorful as the reviewers. I'll try again sometime. It was a disappointment.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2008

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