TRAFIKJAM27 Profile - (131902)

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Home Town: Queens Village, New York, USA
Living In: East Hampton, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a widow with 3 children. My oldest daughter will be getting married on the beach in August and she has asked my to cater the wedding. It will be alot of work but I was so thrilled to be asked. I love to cook and make dinner for my co-workers quite ofter. I'm a 911 operator in "the Hamptons". I love my job and the people I work with.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is really one of my favorite things to do. I love when the house is warm and smells yummy. I change my style of cooking with the seasons. Warm and savory soups and stews in the fall and winter, BBQ and salads in the summer. I love working with fresh produce and there is an abundance of it on Long Island.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grandma's Christmas cookies (we make them all year long though). My mom was such a wonderful cook - so many of my recpies are hers. Even though she was of Irish decent, she made a killer italian sauce (gravy).
My cooking triumphs
Catering my own wedding!! Somehow I managed to get everything done and still make it to the church on time (actually I was almost an hour early!!).
My cooking tragedies
My first Thanksgiving when I was in the Marines. We invited alot of friends who couldn't go home for the holiday. I was so mad because I couldn't make my mom's giblet gravy since there were no giblets - that is until we cut the bird up and found them in the other end!!! I was soooooooo embarassed.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Creamy Potato Leek Soup II
I make soup every week for our local food pantry. I'm always looking for a soup that is easily duplicated and increased. This was just wonderful! I made 16 quarts and was asked for this to be a regular. Tweeked it a bit just for cost sake. Left out the bacon and used butter. Used vegetable broth so everyone could enjoy and added an 8th cup of white wine per quart from what I'd read in another recipe. Thank you for what will be a staple at our pantry.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2011
Pioneer Cut Dumplings from the 1800's
This was just the recipe I was looking for. It was easy to make and tasted wonderful. I added chopped parsley and they turned out great. I always make extra and freeze them to drop in any stew or soup I make. Even my picky 17 year old love them. Thanks so much!

30 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2008
Herbed Dumplings
These are so yummy! I did alter the herbs a bit and reduced the salt. They came out lite and fluffy and the kids loved them. Remember - NO PEAKING - or they will not come out right.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2007

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