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oliphaunt


oliphaunt
 
Home Town: Milltown, New Jersey, USA
Living In: D.C., USA
Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Steaks are always a favorite, as well as simple, hearty soups and stews. I love experimenting with French cooking, because my grandmother's side of the family is French and I was raised on lots of French foods. Baking is probably my overall favorite though. Nothing puts a smile on your face faster than the smell of a wonderful, sweet, homey dessert or loaf of fresh homemade bread!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved watching my grandfather cook when I was little, and my mother is a fantastic cake decorator. She used to make the most beautiful birthday cakes for me when I was a child, and she really inspired my love of baking.
My cooking triumphs
I'm pretty handy with desserts, especially adapting them to be healthier without losing their overall character. I want to live a long, healthy life, but what's the point if there's no dessert in it?
My cooking tragedies
The worst one I can remember is an attempt at a brandy cream sauce to go with a porterhouse steak I was making as Easter dinner. The steak turned out wonderfully, but the sauce turned into an oily mess with burned bits throughout! Still not sure what happened there, but luckily I had a bit of truffle butter on hand to top the steaks off with for finishing.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Linda's Lasagna
Best lasagna recipe I've ever tried, hands down. Definitely stick with the cottage cheese, it's perfect! I also added a layer of buffalo mozzarella and it was even better.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2010
Zeppole
These were very similar to the zeppoles I got at the county fairs in new jersey as a child, much better than I expected. They were soft, tender, and delicious. My friend agreed, and was eating them almost as fast as I could get them out of the fryer! I just threw mine in a bag with some powdered sugar and shook them up, just like we did at the fairs. Wonderful recipe, really brought me back. I did change the sugar to one tablespoon.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2010
 
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