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Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm 25 years old and live with my boyfriend of almost 3 years and my 2 year old spawn of the devil dog. I am an occupational therapist on a rehab unit at a nearby hospital and work mostly with people who have had a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, or any type of cardiac or orthopeadic surgery, helping them to overcome everyday struggles, such as getting washed and dressed, feeding themselves, or getting in and out of the bathroom. I love my job, love my family, and love my friends.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a Portuguese girl, so anyting I cook needs to have a lot of flavor to it, not necessarily spice. I hate bland food. I love cooking Italian dishes, but I feel like they never come out the same way twice. I would love to cook seafood more, but I'm paranoid that I'll either mess it up (it gets expensive!) or I'll undercook it and poison everyone.
My cooking triumphs
I made Easter dinner completely on my own for 17 people. Wait, I'm boyfriend's mom made the mashed potatoes. Everything came out perfect! There was turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, carrots, then the desserts...blueberry pie, Italian cream cake, cookies and cupcakes for the kids. I was eating leftovers for days and my family was impressed at how good everything came out!
My cooking tragedies
I don't like baking, i feel like it's harder to cover up mistakes. Things fall flat, or are lumpy, or too sweet, not sweet least with cooking you can easily turn one thing into something else. I was making wedding dress shaped sugar cookies for a bachelorette party, but once they were put in the oven, they expanded and came out looking like owls. they didnt even taste good so they ended up in the garbage.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Glazed Apple Cream Pie
I couldn't find my mom's recipe for apple cream pie, which is my absolute favorite, so I searched with the ingredients I had and stumbled across this recipe. Everyone loved it and I've gotten several requests for the holidays! I used 4 large apples, good thing because 2 would have never been enough! I also added extra flour and cinnamon. When I added the apples and cream mixture into the pie crust, I layered it and it came out fab. Will definitely make this again! (my mom's is still my favorite though ;-)

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Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2013
Dirt Cake I
LOVE LOVE LOVE! I made this for my mom's surprise 50th/ Halloween party and it was the only dessert that had no leftovers! I followed the recipe exactly and the cream cheese/ pudding mixture was perfect with the chocolate cookies. I made it in a foil tin and added marshmallow gravestones, ghost peeps, and gummy worms. It was adorable, really wish I had taken a picture!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2010
Sweet and Sour Kielbasa
This is an ok quick recipe. A lot of the ingredients I have on hand most of the time, so I've made it a few times when I was in a bind. My cousin makes an AMAZING sweet and sour kielbasa and I didn't have her recipe and thought it would be close, but really wasn't. The ketchup is a bit overpowering, so I added an extra pound of kielbasa and used a little over a cup of ketchup and cut the water in half. Also used half as much butter, didn't really see the need for 6 tbsp. Ok when you're in a bind, but not amazing.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2010

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