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Home Town: Rockland, Massachusetts, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I come from a restaurant/chef background. It's in the family...started at 11 years old. Guess it's in the blood.
My favorite things to cook
Love cooking food from other cultures. USA is such a melting pot and my husband and I have lots of friends from all over.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'd have to say we cook a lot of Italian but that'd be the Irish side of the family. Don't know why but pasta, meaty ragus and stuffed pastas are big. Probably goes back to my Nanny's holiday cooking. It's our comfort food. Brings back good memories.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say cooking Indian for 20+ friends, including banana pakoras and mango ice cream. My husband likes to cook too! He's a mean pancake or batter maker and a great pizza maker. His lasagna isn't too shabby either.
My cooking tragedies
I hate, hate, hate baking. My poor husband. His late mom was THE Baker. I just don't have the patience. The worst is Christmas cookies. Hate to make 'em. Everyone gets gussied up quick breads. My worst nightmares involve a cookie spritzer gun.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Sweet and Buttery Turnips
So I In the spirit of adventure and because they were dirt cheap, I bought some turnips and now I know why there's, like, 5 recipes for turnips. Half the receipes on this site call for a half pound of bacon and copious amounts of butter. No kidding. Even with the added spices and mashing -- no matter how I wished them to be like mashed potatoes these suckers had a life of their own. They retained their diced shape -- no matter how much mashing I subjected them to. The hubster, a man who claims to love vegetables and would like to go vegetarian but in reality will only eat maybe 3 vegetables (green beans, cauliflower (raw only) and I'm hard pressed for third vegetable), was very adventurous in his forkfuls...and I had to call it early -- Dear God Man! Back away from the turnips! I still gave the receipe 4 stars as it's not the recipe, we just don't dig turnips.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2009
Layered Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
This was terrific and it hit the spot. So easy to put together too and a nice rich result. It was plenty spicy, I can't imagine adding more spice or another can of chiles, as some have mentioned. I think adding more spice would make it inedible. I had homemade guacomole on the side. The hubster doesn't care for sour cream. We had leftovers all week. It was just as good on the last day as the first.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2009
Pan Fried Catfish Filets
Well. Made for hubbie's post birthday special dinner. Garlic in a pan, even on medium heat, for over 15 minutes will produce crisped burnt garlic. Had to remove garlic with slotted spoon after first minutes as it had begun to burn. Putting meal mixture in a bowl is the way to go. I used trusted paper bag method and it didn't cover half as well as I wanted. Frying anything in extra virgin olive oil isn't a good idea as it has a low smoke point. Cayenne pepper overpowered the coating. My fillets were thick and required more oil and time to finish cooking. Using just milk as a coating (without egg) didn't produce a thick enough crust for my taste. All in all, a disappointing experience.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2009

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