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Home Town: Beckley, West Virginia, USA
Living In: Ashland, Kansas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Music
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About this Cook
I was born in Beckley, WV back in the 70's. My paternal side is full blooded Italian an my maternal side is everything else. My fondest memories are when I would spend my summers in Philadelphia with my great grandmother who cooked traditional Italian dishes and always had me fattened up for those long WV winters. I've traveled and lived all over the US and now reside in the small town of Ashland about a half hour outside of Dodge City, Kansas. I recently retired and now have plenty of time indulge in one of my favorite activities which is cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking just about anything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditional Italian. (Sicilian and southern Italian)
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered coconut cream pie!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at pecan pie was a runny disaster!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
No Fail Pie Crust II
OK... to start, the reviews that claimed the crusts didn't turn out right was not this recipes fault!! They done something wrong! I've never made a pie crust in my 42 yrs on this earth - this was my first. On top of that, I lost my right hand a year and a half ago so now I'm a one handed pie maker. One word describes this crust. Amazing! Trust me, if a one handed pie maker has amazing results, go with it!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2013
Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
I first made this pie September 12, 2012 and this is a second, follow up review of sorts. As of today, December 22, 2012 - I have gained 12 pounds and completed my 50'th "Old Fashioned Coconut Creme Pie"! It's that good and I now make these two at a time! A little overboard, yes - but once you make this pie you will understand why. Read through the other reviews and try some of the substitutions others have made. Me, I use half heavy whipping cream / half whole milk in place of the half and half. (Yes, it's basically the same thing.) I also use an extra tsp of vanilla along with double the coconut(2 1/2 cups coconut actually) simply because I like them both. I also make my own whipped cream instead of using cool whip but cool whip works almost as well if you don't want to go through the trouble. This is a very flexible recipe, very easy to make and best of all it tastes AWESOME! Just be sure to continuously stir while cooking since it is a custard type filling and will easily burn on the bottom. The picture I have included with my review is of the 38'th and 39'th pies that I made that I used to tease my wife with while she was at work. This recipe makes an excellent pie and I almost guarantee it will become one of your favorites!

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2012

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