Denise Profile - (12015653)

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Home Town: Smithtown, New York, USA
Living In: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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Little Lemon Snow Bites!
Drum cake!
About this Cook
I'm a wife and mom, have been married almost 18 years and have 2 great kids! My daughter is in high school and my son is in middle school. I love to cook and bake and when I find something new I can't wait to cook it to see if it'll be a dish we will love and love to keep!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything Italian, chicken, pasta, desserts, of course!, and anything that looks like something everyone will enjoy! I'm always willing to try :)))
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditional things we make in our family would include... baked ziti and meatballs/sausage/pork, my Mom's awesome stuffing recipe every Thanksgiving , Pumpkin bread, gingerbread men cookies we make for Christmas, butter cookies, cookies of all different kinds!...cream cheese logs, pecan sandies, lemon snow bites, oatmeal, peanut butter, cracker jack, pecan pie, pb& jelly, roll out sugar, shortbread, and on and on!!! for Christmas time and ANY time!, and sooo many other things I can't even remember them all!
My cooking triumphs
Ok, I'd say my Thanksgiving dinner...I'm always so happy when that meal comes together and all the hard work finally pays it when the table is full and the dinner comes out AWESOME, if I do say so myself! haha.. I'd say the greatest moments for me when it comes to cooking is when I get rave reviews from my family and friends after I have made something for them. It's truly a joy to see them enjoy my food!
My cooking tragedies
This is funny...I always say I can cook a dinner for 30 people but can't cook a hot dog or boil an egg! Seems whenever I'm cooking something very simple I burn it, the hot dogs in the oven when I broil them, or a boiling an egg on the stove...I either over boil and they are dry and crumbly or under boil and they are like a pouched egg! Uhhhh! hahah :)))
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Cake Balls
I have made these 2 x's within about 1 month. The first time I made devil's food chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate almond bark coating...Deeeeelish! My friends and family all loved them. I made them mini size, using mini cupcake liners to present them. I placed each ball after it was coated in a pretty cupcake liner and topped some with sprinkles and some with chopped pecans. The 2nd time I made them I used red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting. I covered them with white chocolate and topped with sprinkles. They were another big hit with everyone. I really don't think you can go wrong with these! Definitely a keeper in my recipe box!!! Other combos I have come up with are: white cake with strawberry frosting yellow cake with lemon frosting The recipe makes about 100 mini-balls. Another tip: to thin the almond bark use butter flavored crisco shortening. A teaspoon goes a long way so go easy. I use butter flavored because it doesn't take the flavor away from the chocolate. What a fun recipe! Easy, quick and good!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2011
Tender Breaded Turkey Cutlets
Had some issues with this recipe. I used fresh bread crumbs and found the cutlets to stick to the pan, used my electric fry pan so the temp was not an issue as I can regulate that. Not only did they stick but the breading came off as well. I will try again but use the bread crumbs in the box instead, maybe that will help. We love turkey cutlets so I will make again, thanks for the recipe even though mine came out a bit of a mess. The taste was great, just a sticky mess.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2011
Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy
This popped up yesterday as the Recipe of the Day as I pulled up the site in the hopes of looking for a new turkey cutlet recipe...needless to say I made this instead! Soo happy I did! This recipe is a great way to use chop meat in a not so boring way and the ingredients are things we all have in our pantry, pretty much. The only 2 substitutions I made were soy sauce for the worcestershire and marsala cooking wine for the sherry as I did not have those 2 in the house. I did double the gravy mixture...doubled the flour, beef broth, and marsala to make more of the gravy as I knew my family would want to smother the rice with it. Always love extra gravy and it tasted fabulous so I was sooo happy I doubled it. This is def a keeper for my house! Nice way to make something different with chop meat, had the feel of salisbury steaks, deeeeelishh!!

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2011
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