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Home Town: Duryea, Pennsylvania, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Reading Books
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Mar. 14, 2011 8:28 pm 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2011 3:23 am
It seems these past few weeks have been somewhat hectic to say the least. All of us here in our “Mixed up Family” have been at each other throats as usual waiting for some sort of “Spring-Like” weather. After Al’s Dad’s bout with Congestive Heart Failure, Al getting the flu and then slipping… MORE
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About this Cook
Well, what do I say about me? I live in beautiful Northeast PA with my wonderful fiance Al and our puppy Judy Rose. I am also the mother to a beautiful girl, Mary, who is 18 and is off at college (sniff). Growing up in an area rich in heritiage and ethnic traditions it has been really easy to become a seasoned cook. Being half Italian and half Polish, my fiance says he got the best of both worlds. I believe my love of cooking started when I was about 4 years old and soft boiled an egg for myself. (My Dad was so proud!)After that, you could always find me hanging out in the kitchen with my Mom, Gram or my Noni absorbing every little bit of cooking knowledge that I could. I have always wanted to become a professional chef, but life found a different path for me. I am a Veteran Service Officer (I'm thinking because I also wanted to join the Military but hence, my Father and Grandfather would have disowned me if I did), so I pretend to be a chef in the evenings and on the weekend.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking anything new and exciting (this I inherited from my Mother Rose), but my favorites are everything that I grew up with and have made me the cook that I am today...Homemade spaghetti sauce & meatballs, homemade ravioli and pastas, pierogi, piggies (stuffed cabbage), from scratch soups and stews, etc..
My favorite family cooking traditions
I miss alot of the traditions from when I was growing up, Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and homemade sweet bread and fresh baked ham on Easter. Now, I have started some of my own, always Crab stuffed Tilapia on Christmas Eve, homemade apple(from our apple trees) and sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving, plus pumpkin cake because for some reason everyone hates pumkin pie, and it wouldn't be Sunday without pasta, and it wouldn't be Friday without pizza.
My cooking triumphs
I consider anything that I cook in which I can sit down eat and enjoy with my family and friends, a cooking triumph.
My cooking tragedies
No tragedies, just a lesson on how to do it different next time! Wait.. I will add the time I almost severed the tip of my finger with a hand blender..But, we don't talk about that anymore..
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Famous Japanese Restaurant-Style Salad Dressing
I honestly don't understand why people feel the need to change a recipe and rate based on changes. Make it the way it is stated. I have with this recipe and it is perfect! I have made this dressing consistently and the only thing I ever changed is the oil, and that is only because of what I had on hand.. Trust me, you will love it!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2013
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
Were they Big? Yes. Were they Fat? Yes. Were they Chewy? Yes. Were they the Best? HOLY COW YES! Didn't change a thing except to refrigerate dough as suggested and baked on parchment paper. Be sure to let cool on the pans before moving to a wire rack. The only Chocolate Chip Cookie I will ever use from now on!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2011
Jan's Pretzel Dogs
Anyone that is afraid to make these..DON'T be afraid. They could not be easier and the best part is that they are to die for! After Jan's advice, I prepped the dogs up until right before baking just after boiling. Put them in the fridge until I was ready to bake and baked when I got home. Perfect! My guy ate 2 before I even put got them off the pan. The only substitute I made was to use regular AP flour. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe What's For Dinner, Mom. (P.S. Jan, My freinds that I made these for ate them in seconds flat! Much better than sandwiches..)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2011
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