Doodle Profile - (12106596)


Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Italian
Hobbies: Gardening, Music, Charity Work
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
If only there was something delicious here to stare longingly at...
Make sure your Cook's Profile is loaded with gaze-worthy photos.
Start uploading photos now!
About this Cook
I am a second generation Sicilian. My grandparents came over in 1941 and settled in Chicago's "Little Italy". My mother ran a small restaurant where I started washing dishes there at age 10, working my way to waitressing at 13 and cooking by 15. Her spaghetti and meatballs were a staple not only at the restaurant, but also at anyones pot luck style gathering. There were never leftovers to take home no matter how much she made. Growing up in a restaurant, I believe that I learned hands on from the best.
My favorite things to cook
I most enjoy cooking Italian but I play a little bit with Mexican and Asian foods. I can't make a recipe without tweaking it as least a little which always annoyed my mom. It also makes it very hard to put an actual recipe together since I only use measuring devices for baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family gatherings are a very big deal. Every generation of my family has been known for inviting people who do not have loved ones close enough to share holidays with.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Smoky Salmon Spread
I started my career in food service 30 years ago in a fine dining establishment. I was looking for something different to do with fresh salmon and recognized this recipe as one we used as an appetizer, that I had forgotten about. I don't understand why the low ratings because this was more popular than any other appetizer we offered. The only change I made was to bake fresh salmon and then use my hand chopper to finely chop the onion and salmon before mixing everything together. I think that will make a difference in blending the smoke and other ingredients into a salmon lovers dream dish that is beyond perfect for any special occasion. I also would recommend doubling the recipe to make sure there is enough to go around. Thank you Shuffcow, for a blast from my past!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2013
Elena's Linguini with Clam Sauce
This is the fist time I have written a review and that's because this is undoubtably the best recipe ever! I followed it to the letter except for reducing the butter and olive oil as suggested. I also had to use "Knorr Clam Base" as I did not have the bottled version. Wen I got to the end, though it was delicious already, it was a bit soupy. By adding a trick from my Sicilian mother, two dollops of cream cheese (1/4 of the 8 oz pkg), it turned to pure silk. OMG - This deserves more than 5 stars!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2011

In Season

A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember

Memorial Day is a time to get together with friends and family for food, fun, and memories.

Potato Salad
Potato Salad

Nothing beats a big bowl of cool, creamy potato salad at your cookout.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States