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Home Town: Laurelton, New York, USA
Living In: Skokie, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I have always been passionate about cooking since I was a small child and sternly kept away from the hot stove and all the sharp knives (for my safety, of course). So the kitchen became a repository of forbidden pleasures.
My favorite things to cook
We are having a record cold winter in Chicago so I have been getting into hearty soups. Also adore crusty homemade breads, pies and biscuits, salads and all kinds of veggie concoctions.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in an Eastern European Jewish home and since I've gone vegetarian not too many of my childhood dishes---such as kugel, pot roast, meat kreplach and knishes---have been part of my life. But any cuisine is highly veg-adaptable---you have to work at it. Kasha varnishkas (buckwheat and bowtie noodles) is still a fave.
My cooking triumphs
No one has ever beat my Chocolate Babka--and that includes aunts who have been making it for decades. I am proud of my original Poppy Seed Bread and a particular hobby is salad dressing.
My cooking tragedies
I got smart with a pecan pie recipe and tried roasting the pecans first. I did not know this would keep them from rising to the top of the pie when baked--they sank like a stone and never showed their little heads!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
These are amazing and amazingly easy to make! I just made a batch and they came out perfect! I want you all to know that you can use whole grain flour and brown sugar instead of white (I did use about 1/4 cup of white for the cinnamon sugar) and they STILL come out superb! This is a great recipe--no wonder it's lasted over 100 years! Thanks!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2010
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