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Home Town: New York, USA
Living In: New York, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Wife. Mother. Grad Student. Teacher...busy! Love to cook, like to bake. Been in love with food and cooking my whole life. Watched the Galloping Gourmet as a child and Good Eats as an adult. Started visiting this site when I decided to give homemade Christmas gifts two years ago. My son and I start our baking the week of Thanksgiving and go straight through the New Year. Half of what we bake never gets past our front door, lol. The other half gets gussied up in pretty tins or boxes and distributed to friends, neighbors, teachers, etc.
My favorite things to cook
Seafood Italian Stew Chocolate Chip Cookies Red Velvet Cake Rugelach
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookie baking
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving meal all on my own was a thing of beauty. I started cooking at 5am, putting the Turkey in the oven. Went back to sleep, got up a few hours later and by noon, all the side dishes and desserts were done. It was all a matter of organization. Since then, not a holiday single meal has gone that smoothly, lol. Lightning in a bottle, I suppose.
My cooking tragedies
Tried to make roti when I was 12 and ended up with crackers. They were good crackers, but lousy roti.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Jayme's Sweet Summer Berry Dessert
Great, simple recipe. I substituted zero-fat plain Greek yogurt for the whipped topping to make it a little less unhealthy and it actually tastes almost like cheesecake! I have some in the fridge right now.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2010
I can't say enough about this recipe. It is my new standard holiday gift. My son and I found that we could easily get 64 cookies out of this recipe and still have decent sized cookies. We made three varieties: raspberry all fruit jam and chocolate chips, Apricot all fruit jam and almond paste, and Trader Joe's Apricot Orange preserves with chocolate chips. I like them all equally, however my co-workers enjoyed the raspberry chocolate best. Since making our first batch around Thanksgiving, we've made no less than 300 cookies! I found that the easiest and fastest way to make them is to roll the dough out into a rectangle shape and brush with your jam or sprinkle with your sugar mixture, add a line of the chunkier ingredients (chips, nuts, chopped fruit) as you roll. That is, roll the rectangle as you would a jelly roll and after each turn flatten it a bit while laying down a line of the chunky ingredients along the edge of the roll. When finished, cut with a pizza cutter for the perfect shape and size. This shaved at least 15 minutes off the prep. I made the first batch according to the recipe and then replaced all of the cream cheese with Neufchatel and the sour cream with 0% fat Greek yogurt. This did not change the texture or taste at all.

74 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2009

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