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Living In: Staten Island, New York, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I've always enjoyed cooking and learned so much from my Mom and my Grandma. My earliest memory of being in the kitchen was when I was about 5 yrs. old, watching Grandma making and kneading dough for pizza, and how she and my Aunties would be canning the bounty from Grandpa's garden.
My favorite things to cook
Italian and Sicilian recipes handed down, any kind of dessert and a few favorite cookie recipes. My grandsons love Mexican and I finally got around to making empanadas which turn out pretty good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
All things Holiday, from Turkey & trimmings, Lasagna and rice balls at Christmas and Easter, my Grandma's spinach rolls that one of my grandsons eats straight out of the oven !
My cooking triumphs
Anything I cook that my grandsons devour and leave no left-overs.
My cooking tragedies
A roast beef that should have been a pot roast but I put it in the oven, we could have made soles for our shoes.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Grandma's Sour Cream Pound Cake
I'm making this cake again today to bring to a luncheon tomorrow. I have to say it's the best ever pound cake recipe - I followed other reviewers' recommendations re the baking powder, less sugar, and I add lemon zest since I don't have mace. Also, 325 deg. 1 hr 10 min. works best in my oven. Also, whip the daylights out of the batter before folding in the dry ingredients, as suggested. One other thing, it makes too much batter for my bundt pan, so I make a few cupcakes or a small 9 X 9" cake pan. This cake is really awesome. I'm always asked for the recipe !!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2007
French Breakfast Muffins
Good recipe, however I tweaked it a bit. Instead of nutmeg I put 1 tsp. fresh lemon rind and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. I made 8 muffins out of the recipe which are a nice size, not huge nor small. For the topping I just spread each one with some butter, then sprinkled Demarara sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. They turned out really nice.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2007
Baked Macaroni and Cheese II
Excellent recipe, I did tweak it a bit by adding a teaspoon of white pepper and a teaspoon or so of onion powder to the cheese sauce. Will definitely make this again.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2007

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