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Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Beebe, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I was born in NY and raised in NJ and have always loved cooking and baking for family and friends. I grew up around friends of so many different nationalities so I have recipes of all kinds that I love to cook.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite food of all is Italian. I also lived in California for 13 years so I also enjoy Mexican food. But I love trying new foods and learning to cook my own versions of them at home. I try and take fattening versions of certain foods and create healthier (but tastier) versions of them. My first creation was a Turkey Pot Pie that I modified and it's actually quite wonderful! I miss all the great foods from the east coast, so again, I try to duplicate certain things here in Arkansas. It's also hard being landlocked and not having a large variety of fresh seafood available at the grocery stores. Catfish and frog legs do not qualify as seafood as far as I am concerned!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I do try and cook healthy foods on a day-to-day basis, but when it comes to holidays, I like to stick to traditional foods and not do anything too weird.
My cooking triumphs
Perfecting pizza! Living in Arkansas has been hard because I am not a fan of Southern food (and the pizza here is terrible) so I am working at perfecting Italian food (even though I am not Italian). I'd also like to bake versions of some of the wonderful pastries from the Greek and Italian bakeries in Astoria, NY where I was born.
My cooking tragedies
i've been lucky so far to not have any real disaster but when I first got married five years ago, my husband wanted a "healthy" Thanksgiving dinner. No stuffing, brown rice instead of mashed potatoes,no gravy (that is a tragedy in itself) turkey didn't roast right, the whole dinner was boring and untraditional. Needless to say I've never made a "healthy" Thanksgiving dinner again! But so far there have been no major tragedies in the kitchen (fires, etc...)!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Peanut Butter Pie I
This was very good. Very easy to make, but just a little too rich.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2010
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
This is the best cheesecake I have ever made. It was very easy to make and everyone loved it. I've made cheesecakes before that turned out just okay. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you Chantal!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2008
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are great cookies. I'm not even finished baking them yet and they are already being inhaled. They came out perfect - just as described - soft in the middle with crisp ends. Although my oven might be off because I have to bake them for 13 minutes. Thank you for a great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2008

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