CHG5678 Profile - (1533741)

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Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a professional dancer who loves to eat. I became interested in cooking in college when I realized how much I missed my mom's homecooked meals. Also, eating things made from scratch has made weight control far easier than trying to buy low fat processed food. I'll even eat things made with butter and heavy cream. I have since worked at a well-known upscale kitchen store, where I've learned most of my techniques. I'm really hoping to do a culinary tour in Europe next summer where you stay at a villa and take cooking classes.
My favorite things to cook
I love making Italian soups and dishes. Cookies are my specialty though. I hope to expand my baking repetoire.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am first generation Irish so my siblings and I have taken it upon ourselves to create some cooking traditions that don't involve potroast. We have a "fisherman feast" on Christmas Eve where the 3 of us cook a seafood dinner for our family- we stole the idea from the Italians. On Christmas day my mom makes plum pudding which is the richest food I think you can eat. I also really like having lobster feasts during the summer- a New England tradition.
My cooking triumphs
I've been asked to provide cookies at 2 weddings. I got rave reviews at one, and the other one is happening next summer.
My cooking tragedies
I wanted to make a dish from a magazine so I went out and spent a fortune on the ingredients. It took forever to make, and when it was done I took one look at it and wanted nothing to do with it. I never waste food like that, but I just couldn't get myself to eat it.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Best Brownies
I have a much more complicated brownie recipe that I use to impress people, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good these came out. I was craving something and this hit the spot.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2012
Easy Decadent Truffles
Outstanding! I did a third with Bailey's, a third with black raspberry liquer, and a third with vanilla. Everyone was asking for the recipe.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2007
Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Leek Soup
I thought this soup was very good. However, next time I am going to omit the whipping cream. When I put it in my blender to puree it, the cream "whipped" so my soup was more like a mousse. I don't think it even needs cream. I think it would be fine on its own.

32 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2007

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