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Living In: Michigan, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I just love cooking, entertaining, throwing parties, etc. I was raised with Polish/ Slovaian style of cooking...But I grew to love all ethnic foods
My favorite things to cook
Anything Polish, Italian, Lebenese, Mexican.... I love making cakes, cookies, homemade chocolates I always seem to "just taste something "once" at a restruarant...Then "go home", and make it even better. I have never really followed a receipe...I just "sorta "figure it out"
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Holiday season, I just love to "set the table to a T"...Then make a beautiful sit down dinner, from 3 to 6 courses.
My cooking triumphs
Planning and cooking for my younger sisters baby shower...I had 80 people at my home and cooked TONS of good polish food. There was Roasted chicken, Pork Chops, potatoes, "city chicken" polish kielbaska/saukrute. I even did the setting up the tables and decorating, salads and a huge display of desserts. Plus I made her a lovely wedding shower cake. I did it all myself. It turned out beautifully.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made lasanga for my husbands Italian family...I was sooo nervous I "forgot" to let the lasanga "set" for 10 minutes before I served it....OMG! I took out the "first piece, and "all the filling stated running out of it! I though I was going to DIE!...I made lasanga a hundred times before, but this was the first time I had his whole family there for a "sit down dinner!"...To this day(30 years later...I think of that each time I make lasanga!..Funny now...Not then~Laughing~
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Basic Ham and Bean Soup
I use "mixed beans" in a bag and it really is so much better than bland Northern. I use both, ham hocks and I buy a small chunk or "real ham" on the bone. If you buy these packages of "pre cut diced ham", DO NOT. There is no flavor in them, and they "just don't produce the same results and flavor". Plus, "they make your soup look fake with these "perfect square cubes!' floating around. But seriously, the flavor is "just not the same". Do not forget the "smocked ham hocks", because "that IS the secret ingredient to a fine tasting Bean soup. I do add, diced onion, celery, and carrots. Be real careful with your salt, wait till almost finished and taste the soup. The reason for this is because both the ham hocks & Ham are cured with salt. I also mix "low sodium chicken broth" with equal parts of water( for the broth base) Just be careful and watch your salt. Freezes well.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2013
Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
pretty good...but i would omit the oregano...serve with nachos, shreded cheese and chopped fresh sweet onion . our gang even likes to add a teaspoon of sour cream on top...i just have all these topping on the counter next to the chili pot...people get addicted to having the 'Taco flavor Nacho and shredded cheese and diced sweet onion on top...:))

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2013
To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo
Very good basic sauce. Great with "sugar snap peas or fresh aspargus, and grilled chicken added to it. For those people out there that had some "trouble" with the sauce. Stay "away from "garlic salt" anytime you cook. Use "garlic powder and real garlic minced. Also, it was "not the "half and half, that caused the problem, it was the "fact the one reader used "margine". I've been using "fat free" half and half "for years, and no problem. Its up to the individual "taste" whether to use "salted or unsalted" butter, but you MUST use REAL butter! This is a "one time treat, so use the real butter! That is something you just can't do without. A "pinch of "nutmeg" does wonders, and it is "often the missing star ingredient". Enjoy!!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2012

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