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Home Town: Clifton Park, New York, USA
Living In: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a proud Marine Corps wife, living for the moment in VA Beach. I love being able to surprise my husband with different meals every day. I enjoy cooking different types of cuisine, and I am always trying to challenge myself with new recipes. I am very confident in the kitchen, and really love being able to feed people food that is better than anything they could get in a restaurant.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Greek and Italian foods, because of the big flavors. I am learning how to cook more traditional Mexican dishes. I am really love making things up as I go along, and creating my own recipes. I don't work, so I have all day to shop at the farmers market, and grocery stores. I love finding ingredients that look really good, and then creating something from those recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from an Italian background, so I love traditional Northern Italian foods. My family only got together at holidays, so most of my memories are of Thanksgiving (traditional turkey and fixings) and Christmas (fish dishes). We BBQ'd a lot when I was growing up, and fresh vegetables from my grandmas garden combined with my grandpas BBQ are favorites.
My cooking triumphs
My 1st Thanksgiving dinner, hands down. I had never attempted cooking such a large meal, for so many people, with so many different dishes, and in such a small kitchen. The turkey came out delicious, so much so that people were actually eating the turkey more than the sides!! I used a lot of family recipes and put my own twists on them. It was ambitious, but it cemented my cooking skills in the minds of my family, and gave me a lot of confidence.
My cooking tragedies
I don't really have any major tragedies, but I have cooked quite a few things that my husband has hated, but that is only because he is picky. No mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese, and a whole list of things he doesn't like. It has forced me to change my cooking habits, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Meatloaf with Fried Onions and Ranch Seasoning
I've been making this for years. I usually double the recipe, because a) its good, and b) what am I going to do with a half packet of ranch? I do not cook it in a pan though, I like the texture better when I cook it on a jellyroll pan. It gets nice and crusty, but the grease doesn't run off and make a mess. I also glaze it with a combo of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Big hit in my house. I usually serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and orange glazed carrots.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2013
Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
Delicious!! They were supposed to be for dinner tonight, but I am already eating them. The house smelled amazing while they were cooking. Just the right amount of heat. The only thing I may do differently next time is to render the bacon seperately, and maybe put them on top when serving. Overall, this is really good, much better than the usual black eyed peas I have made for New Years. Thanks!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2011
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
I was very surprised that this was so good, with so few ingredients. I will admit, this is not a knock your socks off stand out chili, but it is really good for the little amount of work that goes into it. I used a whole 28oz can of tomato sauce, the whole 24oz bottle of Pace Picante sauce, and an entire packet of McCormicks original chili seasoning. Usually, making chili takes a lot of time and ingredients for me. This will become a go to recipe for a basic chili that doesn't take much work and tastes great. Oh, I also added an extra can of beans, just because a) we like beans and b) we wanted to stretch this meal a little with meat getting so expensive.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2011

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