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Member Since: Jan. 2010
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Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian
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About this Cook
I´m originally a Minnesota girl and now live in Rome, Italy with my partner. I haven´t had any luck finding work here, so I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The ingredients here are really outstanding...incredible fresh veggies, fruit, wine, cheese...
My favorite things to cook
Burritos! I have lived in three countries and each time have to figure out how to make them with the beans and cheeses that are locally available. Always worth it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was a very picky eater as a child and hated meat AND potatoes (really unfortunate for my midwestern parents!). As a result there were just a few dishes that made everyone happy. My parents used to bake ¨Carrot Pie,¨ a carrot-basil-cheddar quiche that was just great, and on Christmas we would have spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread.
My cooking triumphs
Pumpkin lasagna perfected after three weeks of trials: pumpkin, onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, sage, and cream. IT IS SO GOOD!
My cooking tragedies
I always like to bake muffins for small thank you presents. In Italy I needed a lot of favors to get through the initial culture shock, but Italy doesn´t seem to have baking powder. I ruined batch after batch of muffins trying to adjust recipes by substituting in extra baking soda. The batter would taste great and then the muffins would taste horrible and bitter. By the time I figured it out it was a bit late for thoughtful thank yous...oh well.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Risotto alla Milanese
Pretty good, but the saffron flavor was a bit overwhelmed by the cheese. Nice presentation, tastes fine, but I think if you´re going to use saffron it might as well star! Worth making once though.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2010
Zucchini Brownies
I made this exactly as in the recipe, but without the icing. The dough came together tasting FANTASTIC. You could eat the dough alone, especially since it is eggless and not that unhealthy. Since the dough is rather dry you could form it, put it in the freezer, cut into cubes and toss into homemade chocolate ice cream. But I didn´t like it once baked! I tried the recipe twice, and both times it baked crumbly and cakey, not like a brownie at all. It didn´t hold together enough to be eaten like a cake either. It just seemed to need a lot more fat or something.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2010
Almost No Fat Banana Bread
Some commenters have mentioned that there seems to be something missing. Actally, I think that thing is bananas! I tweaked this through several test runs, and this is the deal: DOUBLE the bananas and add a pinch of salt. Barely stir, just until everything is blended. I ended up with a moist, sweet loaf this way, just about perfect for a sour-cream-less banana bread.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2010
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