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gina p

gina p
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Living In: Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I love food, plain and simple. My mother burned canned soup and had various other food related disasters that I had to choke down as a child; so I started cooking as soon as I was able to. I wake up thinking about what I'm going to eat that day. I am on a low calorie diet so I look for simple, fresh ingredients that are filling and healthy. My boyfriend is a chef and specializes in heavy, delectable cuisine so I try to cook as healthy as possible to offset the nights he makes dinner.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, hands down. Topped with some kind of meat and veg and some sort of sauce. I LOVE the little yellow pear tomatos and I roast those with grape tomatos, garlic, oo, and season- and finish in a saute pan with a dash of white wine at the end. perfect with any kind of pasta.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love traditional meals for holidays. I am Italian and Croation and have grown up eating traditional foods from both of these cultures, mainly Italian though.
My cooking triumphs
I view every meal as a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
Forgetting the hot pepper flakes didn't have a shaker lid and dumped half of the bottle in a pot of soup.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicken Florentine Casserole
delicious and perfect for a nice, heavy occasional meal! I started with the bacon in a cast iron skillet and browned, set aside, and browned the chicken in the same pan with the bacon drippings before putting the entire pan in the oven for 20 mins on 350. I made my own cream of mushroom from scratch, added a little extra milk, butter, freshly grated garlic and nutmeg, and simmered until thick. After removing the skillet with the chicken from the oven, I removed it from the pan and wilted 2 bags of fresh baby spinach into that same skillet with 2 tb butter and 1/2 cup white wine until the spinach was wilted. Topped the spinach with 1/2 the sauce and finished as the recipe stated. BRILLIANT!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2013
American Girl's Peach Cobbler
made this for the first time today exactly according to the directions except I used real butter instead of margarine, and substituted 1/2c of blue agave nectar for that portion of the sugar. excellent, just the right amount of sweetness and crust!! I used a glass dish so I added 20 minutes more to the cooking time. next time I will try a couple of variations as per some of the other reviewers suggested. awesome recipe! thanks.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2012
Sage Pork Chops
very good! I made a few adjustments after reading the other reviews and one major change was that I began this on the stove and transferred it to the oven to cook for an hour on 400'. To reduce the impact of the salt I added sliced potatoes on top of the chops before baking and topped it all with cracked black pepper & parmigiana regiano. delicious!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2012
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