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Home Town: East Northport, New York, USA
Living In: Arcugnano, Veneto , Italy
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Cheese cake. Its so simple yet very few folks will try it. Love baking desserts!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pork Surprise. Its pork tenderloin cajun style in a sweet and spicy sauce. Its strange but incredibly good!
My cooking triumphs
Pork Surprise. Its pork tenderloin cajun style in a sweet and spicy sauce. Its strange but incredibly good!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Better Than Sex Cake II
Too sweet? Yes. Read the reviews, definitely better on day two. Use cool whip and not real whipped cream. What did I do differently that helps? Made devils food cake in TWO pans for layers. Also made a small batch of cheese cake, halved the amount of sugar in the cheese cake in a third 9" pan. If you grease well, the cheesecake just pops out. Then "glued" the chilled cheesecake to the devils food cake layers on top and bottom with the caramel mixture. AWESOME! The cheesecake actually helps "un-sweeten" the cake a bit, and adds an extra creamy layer. Without this, it was definitely very sweet, and considering that I am not much of a cake person, this helped amp up the overall product. Used heath crumbles as well. Also used Duncan Hines with an extra egg in the mix to make the cake a little denser to hold together better with the three layers. Gave four stars only because it just needed a little help and wasn't perfect without changes. One review suggested to poke holes in the cake with a wooden spoon for the caramel which actually sounds like a great idea as well.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2013
Cocktail Meatballs I
So, one review gave one star because (as they write) they use frozen meatballs from Sam's Club. Haha! No wonder they hated this! Please, if you dont actually follow the recipe and then hate it, then dont review for Pete's sake! The meatball recipe was great, and I cannot imagine the frozen Sam's Club meatballs were any good. My story: made these exactly. Brought them to a cook out in a slow cooker to keep warm. They ended up on the counter in the house where no one ate them... that is not until they were discovered later on. I walked in to a crowd of people chowing down on the meatballs directly from the cooker then dipping in the sauce which I kept on the side. 6 pounds of meatballs (yes folks, 6 lbs!) were devoured in a matter of an hour. Although it was sadly forgotten at first, this dish became the hit of the party and mostly because of the meatball recipe. I now use this recipe as my standard meatball recipe for everything even if I am not making the sauce and instead use the meatballs for something else. So if you're going to make this? Please make sure to use the actual recipe, ok? Do not substitute pre-made meatballs which are generally terrible anyway. This is a great easy meatball recipe and is delicious! Also, I use butter instead of lard, and it works perfectly.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2009
Cream Corn Like No Other
UPDATE: Another Year and Im still making this and everyone LOVES it. A must try. Love this recipe! OK. So let me say, I have always hated creamed corn, but this is wonderful! I made this for Thanksgiving last year for the first time and all of the guests raved about this recipe. Other times I have used fat free milk with cornstarch and cut out the flour which I find sometimes gives a floury texture. Mix the cornstarch in the cold milk to ensure no clumps. Came out just as good as the original recipe and was a little healthier. Do make sure to use fresh Parmesan. The canned grated stuff wont melt into a creamy sauce. This was great!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2009

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