Gina Profile - (10811485)

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Home Town: Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Living In: Coconut Creek, Florida, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a native Chicago girl living in Florida and I absolutely love it! I have had to adjust my cooking style a bit with the new location. There is less variety of ethnic foods available in South Florida, but we do have excellent seafood! So, I've been cooking new dishes and incorporating new flavors. My boyfriend and I were just in New Orleans, and we picked up some interesting cajun spices. So, I'm kind of on a cajun kick right now! Let me know if you have any good recipes!
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian - eggplant parmesan, gnoccis, lasagna I also love baking traditonal ethic goodies - biscotti, german pancakes, tartes, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family loves to eat! So, food has always been an important part of our family gatherings and traditions. When you're Italian you love people with I like to cook for the important people in my life
My cooking triumphs
Nothing major! I guess my triumph is that I also improve on something when I make it for the 2nd time, and the 3rd, I figure those dishes will reach perfection in the next 50 yrs or so! Of course by then I may not remember how to make them!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made a Buche de Noel for French class when I was in HS. I went through 4 or 5 cakes before I got anything resembling a Yule Log! It put me off coking for awhile! But now I realize that noone is instinctively an excellent cook. It takes practice like anything else
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Moist and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Very Delicious! I decided to make these last minute so I was unable to chill the dough overnight. Instead, I stuck it in the freezer for 30 minutes and it worked just fine. I would highly recommend using parchment paper when baking the cookies. I also decided not to flatten them, and to add a hershey kiss to them upon taking them out of the oven. If you want to do this, you will need to bake the cookies slightly longer. I put the hershey kisses in the fridge for 10 minutes while the cookies were baking so they didn't melt when I added them to the freshly baked cookies. Overall a great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2006
Glazed Meatloaf I
Excellent meatloaf! It was a lot sweeter than I'm used to. So, I may slightly reduce the brownsugar next time, but overall very tasty. I also added diced green peppers and Italian seasoning for added flavor

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2006
Grandma's Gnocchi
This is a very good recipe - just like my great grandma used to make. It's not complicated to follow, but it is labor intensive! I added salt to the dough for some added flavor. I also pulled apart the dough and rolled it into egg shapped balls, to give it a better aethetic. Don't worry about mashing all the lumps out of the potato before making the dough. Boiling the gnoccis in water will soften up any small remaining lumps. I like my gnoccis with vodka marinara, yummm!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2006

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