Paulalalala Profile - (13964356)

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Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Suburbs, Wayyyy Out, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Nouvelle
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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Die -Hard Steeler Fan
About this Cook
First and most importantly, I'm a mom. They're almost grown up now, but they're my reason for being. I love having their friends over for meals and cookouts, and I try to keep a steady supply of baked goodies on hand for everyone. I'm always trying to feed everyone, the more the merrier.
My favorite things to cook
Sweet with savory is my favorite taste experience, so I like to do fruit salsas and relishes with heavily spiced meats or grains. Current favorite things include jerk seasoning, salsa verde, and fresh guacamole, not all together, of course!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday sees the traditional foods, no matter if we're having company or if it's just me and the kids. I continue my mom's traditions of making turkey croquettes after Thanksgiving, ham pot pie after Easter, etc. It's comforting. Another tradition is Christmas cookies; I always make tons, some new and some staples like spritz, butterballs, and thumbprints.
My cooking triumphs
Silly little things make me happy, like finally creating an exact mimicry of this fabulous sweet cornbread I once had at a Dayton restaurant, the first time I made rosti potatoes like I had enjoyed in New Glarus Wisconsin, oooooh, and blintzes, which I discovered 20 years ago in Vegas.
My cooking tragedies
I had a kitchen fire in 2000 due to leaving the stove unattended...
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Perfection; I didn't change a thing. I used a Pampered Chef scoop, the medium-sized one, and baked 9 minutes, making 52 chewy cookies. Absolutely wonderful and I will use this recipe forever.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2011
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Perfection. I made sure the ingredients were room temp, and put the pan in a water bath. Absolute heaven. We couldn't wait to try it; I made it last night and here we are eating it for breakfast! This is my new go-to cheesecake recipe. Thank you!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2010
Potato Cake
I've been making these for years; we love them with fried eggs for breakfast. It never occurred to me to use cheese, though, until seeing this recipe. What a great idea! I'll do that next time. The only thing I do differently is to add a little onion powder and some parsley to make it pretty. I don't think I fry mine quite as dark as the photo. Delicious recipe, thanks for sharing it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2009

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