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Christine B


Christine B
 
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
"One cannot love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." Virginia Woolf
My favorite things to cook
Anything elaborate or show-stopping. (Think French Laundry cookbook.) Things people have never eaten, or even heard of. Any food my kids will eat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father's shoe-leather-like liver and onions - yummmm. Iceberg-lettuce-and-tomato-wedge-salads. Coming home from school one afternoon to find live lobsters in the bathtub (a gift from my Rhode Island grandparents). I was the one kid in the family who would eat anything once.
My cooking triumphs
Along with my husband-to-be, sister and a friend, I catered my own wedding reception -- appetizers to dessert -- for 82 people.
My cooking tragedies
I barely got to eat a thing at my own reception...thank goodness I've saved all the recipes for an anniversary party!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Sausage Pinwheels
I had several problems with this recipe. One half of a 17.5 oz. pkg. of puff pastry IS one 8x12 sheet, at least in the Pepperidge Farm variety. So the recipe should actually call for 1 pkg., not 1/2 pkg if there is supposed to be enough filling for two rolls. (Good thing I tried this out before my party, as I had already committed the other sheet of pastry to a baked Brie!) Because of the concerns about greasiness mentioned in a previous review, I baked my pinwheels on a cookie rack placed on my baking tray so they might drain a little during baking, which seemed to help. They definitely benefit from draining on paper towels after baking, and also from the ginger apricot dipping sauce I made to with them. And 300 degrees for 20 minutes? No way - try 375 for 25 minutes instead. (The recipes that came w/ the puff pastry all called for 375-400, anyway.) These pinwheels came out about 3 inches in diameter (quite a bit larger than "appetizer bites"), and that was starting with the longer edge when they were rolled up. They would have been even larger had I started rolling at the short edge. The puff pastry in the center of the pinwheels was a bit soggy, too. Next time, I will cut the 8x12 down to 6x8. (It wouldn't hurt to reduce the amount of sausage to 12 oz. either, which is the most convenient size pkg. available.)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2003
 
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