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Home Town: Brunswick, New York, USA
Living In: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a Midwestern transplant who'd never heard the word "hotdish" until I moved to Minnesota. Even though I love it here, I won't be caught dead eating lutefisk.
My favorite things to cook
Baked goods: brownies, breads, cookies and now pies. I make a great vegetarian chili too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother isn't Italian, but I have fond memories of her Italian cooking for family birthdays. I remember her making fabulous manicotti and stuffed shells; I'm positive it's why I love Italian food!
My cooking triumphs
Baking my very first pie. It was an apple-cranberry streusel pie, with a streusel topping instead of pie crust. I made the bottom crust from scratch and was surprised that it didn't fall apart!
My cooking tragedies
I once made a cobbler using frozen fruit. Since I didn't drain and dry the frozen berries first, the cobbler was pretty runny and sloppy. The flavor was good, but the lavender in the crumble topping isn't everyone's idea of tasty.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Calypso Black Bean Soup
Wow! The sweetness of the mango really comes through and balances the spicy just perfectly. I didn't have hot sauce, so I subbed 1/2 tsp of cayenne powder, which added some nice heat. I also used 3 cloves garlic and 3 cups cooked black beans, instead of 2 cans of beans. I think I'd bump up the amount of ground ginger next time, too, since that flavor was a little buried. I blended in the pot with a stick blender and left it just a little chunky. The consistency was great -- thick enough that it wasn't soupy, but not so thick as to constitute a bean dip (as one reviewer experienced). All in all, a fabulous and creative flavor combination that I'd definitely make again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2011
Baked Salmon II
I've never been a fan of salmon, but this recipe changes everything. It's so simple, but the marinade adds such a wonderfully refreshing flavor to the salmon. I left out the parsley since I didn't have any on hand, but the salmon was delicious just the same. I baked one small fillet for 35 minutes, and that was the perfect amount of time for a moist, flaky finish. I highly recommend this recipe if you want a light and flavorful salmon dish. Delish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2010
Mrs. Sigg's Fresh Pumpkin Pie
This pie was fantastic -- flavorful, thick and creamy. It passed the in-law test, and even our 6-year-old nephew devoured an entire slice! I'd never made a pumpkin pie before, let alone one from scratch, and this recipe was very simple to make and easy to follow. I did skip the from-scratch pie crust and use a pre-made one instead, but it didn't take away from the awesomeness of the pie. The only thing I would advise is to avoid whisking the pie mixture too much before pouring it in the pie shell. It will be a little bubbly on the top, and the top won't be 100% smooth after baking. But if you're not concerned with the "pretty" factor, it's not a big deal. The flavor and consistency aren't compromised one bit. Also, refrigerating it overnight helped immensely; it set nicely and the flavors blended wonderfully.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2008

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