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Lost in the Kitchen

Lost in the Kitchen
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Living In: Springfield, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Baked Ziti I - My first batch
About this Cook
I'm a professional Tour Director and during the off-season (Nov.-March) I work at filling my time with freelance work in writing and photography. I come from a family of six. I was the youngest of four children (two girls and two boys) and my parents were married for over 51 years when my father passed away. Although my mother worked as a teacher and later as a school principal, she still made sure she could prepare hot, nutritional meals for our family and we always ate together each evening. I'm single, so I am primarily cooking for myself. I enjoy a variety of foods and want to learn more about preparing my own meals. Not only does cooking my own meals result in saving money, but it is also a nice sense of accomplishment when a dish turns out well and tastes good.
My favorite things to cook
I have a real weakness for pastas, cheese, and meats. About the first thing I learned to make myself (other than boiling water and making scrambled eggs) was mac & cheese. I expanded my grilling skills and love doing steaks, burgers, chicken, and various sausages, as well as simple things like corn-on-the-cob and vegetables on the grill. I’m truly a beginner and am looking forward to finding some of the easy, tasty recipes here this site.
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Baked Ziti I
This is a great recipe that I will use many times in the future. I’m a beginner, though, and I even managed to make a mistake with this simple recipe, yet it turned out great. I took the advice of some other reviewers and replace half the ground beef with hot Italian sausage (it definitely adds some great color to the flavor) and added a couple of cloves of fresh chopped garlic. Also, I poured the sauce mixture directly on top of the ziti noodles before adding the provolone cheese. Next time, I’m going to add another ¼ - ½ lb. of meat to this to suit my particular tastes. My mistake was that when the recipe calls for you to start with half the ziti and half the sauce for the first layer, I just assumed that it only called for half the provolone as well. Wrong! I just didn’t read carefully, so the rest of my provolone went on top with the mozzarella and grated Parmesan. It still turned out great and tasted very good! (See picture!)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2007
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