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Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Winona, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a registered pharmacist in the State of Minnesota. I retired early due to health issues. I have no immediate family left...no parents, siblings, no children, etc so I cook mostly for friends and business associates.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake sweets, particularly those with a wow factor...beignets, blini, profiteroles, zabaglione and cheesecakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's chicken soup was the best. I could still pick out hers from a table of similar soups because of her use of allspice. I know this is a common ingredient in Jamacian cooking,but my mother was Polish. I still try to make mine "just like Mom's"
My cooking triumphs
I make a pretty mean pie crust. It took most of my adult life to get it right. My secret...using real lard.
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good roasted chicken. It's either raw in the middle or so dry you have to cut it with a chainsaw. I keep trying, however.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Chef John's Lemon Bars
I've been baking Lemon Bars for a lot of years and never thought of making a meringue to top them. Always just dusted with powdered sugar. Today I used Chef John's idea of making a meringue topping. They turned out wonderful. Next time I'm going to try this recipe with orange juice and orange zest instead of lemon.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2014
Better Than Sex Cake I
I've been making this cake for at least 20 years now. After preparing the batter, I sprinkle 1 cup of mini chocolate chips over it before baking. I use the 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk followed by a 17 oz jar of Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel topping. Just before serving, I sprinkle 1/2 cup of toffee bits and 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans over the Kool Whip. Because it is so rich and so sweet, I find I can cut the 13 by 9 cake into 24 pieces and everyone is satisfied.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2014
Crustless Cranberry Pie
I made it exactly as written and it was WONDERFUL. I love pies that make their own crusts. I bought several bags of cranberries over the Christmas holidays and just threw them in the freezer. I wanted to be able to make this pie again in the heat of the Summer. I love making things that are totally unexpected for the season...like homemade ice cream in January and Rosettes for the 4th of July.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2014

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