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Melissa D

Melissa D
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Living In: Farmingdale, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a homemaker, wife and mother of one sweet little girl.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer to bake more than I like to cook. But, I like comfort foods - all the kinds of things suited for fall and winter! Reminds me of my childhood, of home!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sunday dinner. Always the traditional pasta dinner on Sundays. I look forward to passing that tradition on to my daughter.
My cooking triumphs
I've had few!
My cooking tragedies
I've had many!
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Biscotti Toscani
These were kind of just ok for me. Didn't taste like the biscotti I know. But they looked pretty (I drizzled chocolate on them and put mini chocolate chips in the batter) and they were ok taste-wise. Very mild. Perhaps too mild for me. Needs a little more flavor. Perhaps some anise? I will make them again but will tinker with the recipe a bit.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2011
Rainbow Cookies
I created my own issues while making these and even though they suffered as a result, I still found them to be delicious and authentic and I will definitely try to make them again the right way! These cookies are expensive in the Italian bakeries nearby and everyone in my house enjoys them (including my toddler) so to be able to make a big batch of them and have it taste the same is great! My problems arose out of doubling the recipe to fit into my sheet pans and then not portioning out evenly (I wound up with a very thin layer of red). I also didn't do the egg white separately because my hand mixer broke and I didn't feel like transferring all the dough in and out of my stand mixer having to keep washing the bowl to get it all completed plus some reviewers didn't bother with that step and it still worked well. Next time I will try it as written but I will make 2.5 times the recipe to fit my pans to make it easier to portion out and fit my pans. Still, with those issues I really liked the cookie and didn't find it to be too difficult or time consuming to make.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2011
Absolute Best Pancake Syrup
I was skeptical especially while making this but I admit that I prefer it to artificial store bought syrup AND even real maple syrup flavor-wise. I will make this again especially for company. I allowed it to cool down until it was only just warm. I made my own buttermilk using milk and lemon juice since I didn't have any on hand and was already making some for the pancakes (fluffy pancakes - also a recipe from this site). Aside from that, I followed the recipe exactly.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2011

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