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Home Town: Long Island, New York, USA
Living In: Long Beach, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Jul. 26, 2014 3:32 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2014 11:16 am
Dear Barilla,I am a member of the Allrecipes Brand Ambassador team and I manage the kitchen and food service for our local parish soup kitchen.We have been doing outreach to our senior population and inviting them to join us for lunch to ensure they get at least one balanced, nutritious meal a… MORE
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About this Cook
I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother by marriage and great aunt. My empty nest seems full most of the time and they all are ready to eat at any moment. I am busier now than I ever imagined once I retired. I now manage our parish friendship kitchen and help in the food bank. Part of what I love most is helping our clients learn to eat nutritiously on their very meager budgets and Allrecipes has been an invaluable tool.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything i can make from scratch, i like to bake breads, rolls, cookies, cobblers, pies. I like to make large dinners too and entertain frequently. I love trying new recipes out on friends and family. Sunday brunch has become a family focal point and if something new doesn't appear they act deprived.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really grow up with any. Neither my mother or grandmother were great cooks. I learned to cook by trial and error on my own. But I married into a family of excellent cooks who went all out for holidays. All of my children cook well and we work well together preparing holiday meals.
My cooking triumphs
My first successful yeast bread. I spent years being terrified of yeast. The first time my MIL complimented me on a meal I felt like I had won an Emmy.
My cooking tragedies
My early years of cooking were one fiasco after another. I could actually cook fairly well, but had no idea when to start things so they all were ready at the same time. Some meals took whole evenings. My poor husband never once complained, although he did once mention he hoped dinner would be over before it was time for breakfast.
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Chickpeas and Chorizo
We loved this! I have just enough left for my lunch and I expect that will be even better after a night in the fridge. I can't eat green pepper so I used red, orange, and yellow then I decided it needed some green so I added fresh spinach for the last 5 minutes. Thank you, Pete Zaria!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2014
Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins
After considering the other reviews, I made a few changes and didn't make one I knew I should. I needed 18 muffins and was using eggs so I used 2 rather than the 1.5 the recipe required and I really wanted lemon flavor so I used lemon Greek yogurt. Both those worked out well. The change I didn't make, but should have, was the berries. I used frozen and followed the instruction to thaw and drain them. Big mistake, I should have simply tossed frozen berries with a bit of the flour mixture and added that way. Formerly frozen berries lose their structure and turn your batter blue. In this case it worked out since I was baking for a preschool class and they either didn't notice or thought blue was the right color for blueberry muffins. I do have to say the coconut oil PAM Cooking Spray made clean up much easier than I expected since there were no muffin cups.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2014
Pumpkin Soup
I used this recipe as a base for a Johnsonville makeover by adding crumbled JVILLE hot sausage. The heat and the creamy soup balance each other perfectly

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Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2014
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