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Elle P.

Elle P.
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Living In: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Marble Cheesecake w/ Oreo Cookie Crust
Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns
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About this Cook
I've been cooking for over 20 years, ever since my mother overslept one morning and I got too hungry to wait. That was when I was about 6. Made a grilled cheese sandwich and went to watch the Saturday morning cartoons. I was always an advanced child, LOL.
My favorite things to cook
Still love grilled cheese, but now I pair it with a nice chunky tomato soup. My recent favorite is grilled tuna. I've gotten it just right now and I try to make it at least once a week. I also love to make bread by hand. I admit to being a snob when it comes to this. I do not like bread machines, it's hands on all the way with me!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Coming from both a Latin and Black background, I have many influences to draw on. The tradition recipes in my family come from my grandmothers; Roast pork w/ rice and peas, and fried chicken w/ collard greens and black-eyed peas. Yum!
My cooking triumphs
My best moment and one I'll always remember is hosting Thanksgiving at my house for my family. I was only 23, and it felt like the torch was being passed to me to continue the family gatherings. It's a memory that continues to fill me with pride.
My cooking tragedies
Every cook has these and I'm no exception. You just have to accept them and use your mistakes to help you the next time you make that dish. You can't let it keep you from doing something you love. I remember the first time I tried to make bread. It was horrible! I didn't attempt it again for years. But when I found a recipe I wanted to do, I tried and it was perfect. Now making bread by hand is my absolute favorite thing to do.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Baked Mac and Cheese for One
Very versatile recipe! I double it for dinners for two and when I'm in a hurry I substitute the cheddar for 3-4 Kraft singles and it works out just fine. Then I sprinkle the top with some grated Parmesan and I make it my own. I also didn't have Worcestershire sauce when I first tried the recipe and so instead I used soy sauce which worked out fine so now I just use that instead. It's a basic recipe that works out lovely and I've made it many times and it has come out perfectly in every instance.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2014
Triple the Ginger Cookies
Finally found this recipe after losing it for so long! I made this with butter flavored Crisco(remember to add the 1 1/2 tbls of water to the 3/4 c. of Crisco or the cookies won't come out correctly). They tasted as if they were from an expensive bakery, and I finally had my favorite cookie again! Thanks Laria! As for the complaints about the crystallized ginger, I saw that 1/2 cup was way too much for what amounts to a quart of cookie dough so even without reading a review I reduced it by half. Additionally, if you don't like too much ginger then a recipe titled "Triple the Ginger" isn't going to be for you.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2011
Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV
4 out of 5 because I modified it. I used Lipton dry vegetable soup mix instead, and veggie stock. Added mushrooms and celery instead, which helped to keep it from getting too thick. No potatoes because I didn't have any. Cooked on high for 4 hours and let warm for 1 hour. THe last step isn't needed unless you add too much liquid in.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2010

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