billyjoel4life Profile - (14097680)

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Home Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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Member Since: May 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Nougat Cookies
Perfect Chocolate Cake
About this Cook
I am 95% southern girl. I have been cooking/baking for a couple of years now, and I love it. Not everything turns out perfect, but I just take it one recipe at a time. I love trying out completely new, different recipes and bringing somethig new to the table. My family is all cuban, so alot of that culture influences the food we eat. This also means I am bilingual, I speak Spanish and English. I have a twin sister who is also my cooking buddy. I love to cook with my family, it's an important part of our history. Dinner always brings us together at the table, and is the best part of the day! I never hesitate when it comes to trying new things, including food. In my free time I LOVE to read classic literature and listen to music. I like classic and hard rock. I also love photography.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. I also love Italian food, the flavor and the spices are just great. I like to make southern food and cuban food also. I LOVE pork, and everything associated with it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad has always made THE BEST white seafood lasagna EVER. He makes it super rich and cheesy. It's like the special occasion meal in my family. My grandma makes all the traditional cuban dishes that are really hard to make, and they are awesome!! Whenever I go visit her in Florida, I try to learn new things.
My cooking triumphs
Butterginger cookies, pork marsala, and chocolate cake. I can make a pretty decent pot pie, and my pastas turn out pretty well-usually.
My cooking tragedies
I once made a red velvet cake that looked HORRIBLE! The frosting did not come out right, and it tasted ok, but I was still sad. I have also had alot of accidents involving hot oil-frying is not my thing!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Nougat Cookies
This is one of my favorite cookie recipes! Everything came out perfect, including the nougat. I kept it at medium heat and the sugar melted perfectly and hardened quickly. I did as some of you suggested and I substituted the water for the vanilla extract and it was great. I like that the cookies were thin, crispy and chewy all at the same time. The only thing was that I had to add alot of extra flour so the dough wouldn't stick when I tried to roll it up. Other than that, it was great, gone in 3 days!!! Very unique flavor, too.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2012
Chicken Milanese
This was a pretty simple recipe to make. The taste was good, could be better. I added oregano to the bread crumbs to give it a little more flavor. Besides that I stuck to the recipe, and it turned out good for a simple weekday family meal, but probably not for company. And you do have to be very careful that your oil doesn't get too hot, because the breading will burn very quickly while the chicken is still pink inside. I probably will make again.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2012
Creamy Chicken Pasta
This recipe was really good, but I hardlystuck to it!!! First, instead of boiling my chicken, I browned it in olive oil, mince garlic and salt to give it flavor. Then for the sauce I added xtra milk plus evaporated milk. I didn't have any mozzarella so I added asiago and parmesan. It gave it alot more flavor and I highly recommend using these cheeses. I added a 4.5 oz. can of mushroom stems and pieces, and I didn't have any peas so I just did it like it was. The sauce turned out really good!!! : )

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2012
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