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Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Swansboro, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I grew up in an Italian family from Pittsburgh, PA who love to cook and love to eat. I'm getting pretty good at cooking but I still have a lot to learn!
My favorite things to cook
The same things I like to eat! Chicken Parm, Wedding Soup, Tilapia, Steak, Baked Ham, Roast Beef, Mashed potatos, potato soup, crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese in cream sauce, lasagna, fettuchini alfredo, salads, homemade raspberry jam, pies, cookies, brownies... etc. etc.
My cooking triumphs
My first homemade pie crust was definitley a triumph. It took me forver to get it to the right consistency, and I was so frustrated I was ready to just run out to the store and buy one! But finally I got it to the perfect flakey texture and the pie turned out amazing.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup
This recipe was delicious!! My first instinct was to doctor it up with other spices but I decided to make it exactly as written (except I totally forgot the butter at the end). I thought to myself, "how could something this simple and easy be so good?" Even without the butter this recipe was great and it will surely become one of my regular meals. I started by putting the basil leaves and crushed tomatoes in the blender on purée for a few minutes. My picky husband has an issue with textures so I had to make sure it was super smooth. I usually use an immersion blender for hot soups because the steam can pop the lid off my blender but I don't get all of the chunks out with the immersion blender so I puréed it before cooking it. I love that this recipe uses crushed tomatoes because peeling/cutting fresh tomatoes is too time consuming and are not cost effective unless you have tomatoes in your garden. I've made tomato soup with fresh tomatoes before and I honestly didn't miss them with this soup. To prevent the cream from curdling I heated it up before I put it into my lightly simmering soup (I've learned this lesson through past fails!). I served it with freshly grated asiago cheese and garlic Romano croutons. My family loved it, thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2014
Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup
This soup turned out delicious! I had to make two modifications based on what I had on hand. I didn't have any bacon so I used a 1/4 cup butter in place of the bacon grease. I only had skim milk so I used that instead of heavy cream. I was fully prepared to add some sour cream in at the end for some extra creaminess but it really didn't need it so I didn't. I loved the flavor of the tarragon in this soup. If it's this delicious without bacon and heavy cream I know it's gotta be amazing with them, so next time I will make this exactly as written for a treat. Thanks for this great recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2014
Artichoke Chicken
I gave the recipe 5 stars for being delicious and super easy. I did make a few modifications because I'm trying to lose weight. Instead of 3/4 cup of mayo I used 1/2 cup of low fat sour cream and 1/4 cup of fat free mayo. The artichokes I used were marinated, simply because that is what I had on hand. I seasoned the chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I added 2 cloves of fresh garlic and a splash of white wine to the artichoke mixture. Some italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs would be really good on top, but I didn't try it because of the added calories. Thanks so much for such a simple and tasty recipes!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2011

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