McPierogiPazza Profile - (10771445)

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Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
Love trying food from all over the world, and I'm just starting to try making some of those dishes. I'm an omnivore, but I cook vegetarian meals most of the time, and I was once a prep cook in a vegan catering kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new vegetables and grains and fruits -- anything fresh and colorful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has a spaghetti sauce recipe which has been handed down from my Sicilian immigrant great-grandmother. My mother learned a little cooking from her mother (the daughter of Irish and Scottish immigrants), but more from her mother-in-law, who was first generation Slovak-American. So we have a lot of Eastern European food. This is the grandmother who learned the spaghetti recipe from her Sicilian mother-in-law. So recipes have crossed generations and differences of ethnicity.
My cooking triumphs
Made Thanksgiving dinner two years in a row in Geneva, Switzerland and in France, first for four people then for ten. I got to introduce our traditions to my French, Australian and British friends. I managed to find some American items in an import store, and others I made from scratch. The food was a hit, even if the French in particular found the mix of sweet and savory surprising, and initially puzzling. I also am proud of having learned all sorts of cooking skills when I worked in a kitchen, realizing I can do more than I'd realized.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing too tragic, fortunately, just lots of melting plastic equipment on my electric stove by accident, and trying to figure out ingredients and Metric measurements and temperatures in Europe and in the French language.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Quinoa and Black Beans
Really like this one. Simple and easy, and I already had the ingredients in my pantry and freezer. I didn't have fresh cilantro and used dried, which was just fine though fresh would be that much better. This is going to be a new staple in my cooking.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2013
French Apple Tart (Tarte de Pommes a la Normande)
Always get tons of compliments on this one. I have yet to add the apricot brandy, which I will at some point, but it works well without it. And I skip the pie tin and use a cookie sheet for jelly roll pan for a free form round crust.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2012

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