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Living In: New York, New York, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I've always loved food and cooking. After college, I worked on a local organic farm and gained a huge appreciation for fresh, locally grown produce. Living in New York City can provide some challenges - while I have access to some of the best gourmet groceries anywhere, most of these carry imported, high priced ingredients. I love and depend on farmers markets (like the one at Union Square) and work to incorporate what I find each week into fun, delicious meals.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
I've only had kugel twice before - both times from Rein's Deli in Connecticut. I was looking for something fun and different for a dessert and I remembered it! This recipe was a great starting point - I'm not sure if this is true to form but I did make a few modifications based on health/memory of the Rein's version: Aside from greasing the pan I completely omitted the butter. Also used low fat sm. curd cottage cheese, sour cream and used neufchatel/lowfat cream cheese. I added 3/4 cup golden raisins + about 1/2 t cinnamon. Also used corn flakes in the crust instead of graham. Also did not bother separating the eggs and pretty much tossed all of the 'wet' ingredients into a bowl, mixed for 45 seconds and then poured it over the noodles & raisins. Then sprinkled topping - came out great!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2009
Chicken Pot Pie IX
Delicious, relatively healthy recipe! The Best! I omitted the celery seed and added some more veggies (didn't measure exactly) I also used a from scratch cornmeal crust which made the pot pie THAT much better. I didn't let the sauce reduce much because I like a gooier pot pie, and leftovers weren't too dry. This is definitely the recipe to make if you're going to do a pot pie!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2009
Carrie's Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Great dish, very tasty! Perfect for making for dinner and then also for eating leftovers, which grow more flavorful after a day. I omitted the mushrooms for my first try but I may add them back in next time. I also added shrimp which I think was a good choice, though I may give chicken a try too! If you keep the heat low enough on the pan when sauteing the first few ingredients you definitely don't need 4 tbsp of butter. I got by with closer to 1.5 - 2. Also saved some calories by adding my own amount of cheese by sight rather than the full cup that the recipe called for. I added a dash of liquid from the artichokes and from the olives as well. Finally, I didn't add the fresh tomatoes at the end and I think it was just fine. I'll definitely be making this recipe again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2009

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