DEBORAHARV614 Profile - (1579133)

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Home Town: Corry, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Victor, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Most people buy trinkets for souvenirs when they travel, I buy cookbooks. There's nothing better than sharing a meal that you enjoyed on vacation with family and friends at home. Even my children bring back spices and cookbooks from their travels for me! My absolute favorite gifts are kitchen gadgets and anything "foodie".
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook and husband loves to eat:-) Now that my DH is diabetic and I have severe dairy allergies, I have had to get very creative with recipes. I've found that with enough patience almost any recipe can be converted to fit our dietary needs and still taste amazing. No dinner is complete without doesn't have to be fancy but it does have to be delicious.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family heritage is Polish and Irish while my husbands is Welsh and German...I tend to favor traditional ethnic recipes reworked to fit today's healthy guidelines. My sister and now my daughter have married into Italian families and I have been busy adapting traditional Italian recipes to fit my dairy-free easy feat I assure you. I've learned to make a mean cheese free pesto!
My cooking triumphs
In May of 1977 I baked a full sheet cake in the shape of clanging wedding bells for my wedding shower and in June of '77 my Polish grandmother (with the help of my mother and aunts) taught me to make her Polish nut cookies, pecan tassies, "strawberry" date candies and homemade mints for the cookie table at my wedding reception. In 1982 my little sister and I baked 111 DOZEN cookies (all chocolate chip or everyday cookies allowed... mini-cheesecakes, Italian wedding cookies, all the traditional family recipes) for the cookie table at our middle sisters wedding! They were such a hit that the next year we repeated our cookie table (on a smaller scale) for our brothers wedding. I have since baked cookies for every one of my siblings weddings. I had the pleasure of baking cookies for the dessert table at a family gathering we held the weekend of our beautiful daughters wedding in Philadelphia in 2007.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot bake an oatmeal cookie to save my soul! Of course oatmeal would be my hubby's favorite cookie. Mine are edible but they always spread too thin and then crumble. They do make a great crumb topping for cobbler and also add a tasty crunch to brownies when sprinkled over the batter before baking...but just once I would like to bake a good looking, delicious tasting oatmeal cookie.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Zucchini Casserole
I made this for our Sunday night dinner without changing any ingredients (except I went by other reviews & only used 3 zucchini).. it is delicious! I didn't boil the zucchini before baking because we don't like mushy food. Next time I'm going to add some garlic & a bit of Frank's Red Hot to kick up the flavor a bit. It's a great side for someone on a low carb diet.Hubby loved it!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2014
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
I have to admit that I used this recipe as a stepping stone.. I'm sure it is delicious as written but I couldn't buy fresh oregano and I wanted fire roasted tomatillos so I ran with it. After roasting the tomatillos I used an immersion blender to puree them, put them into a large sauce pan & set aside. I then placed an entire bunch of cilantro, half of a sweet onion, a seeded jalapeƱo, 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper, 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic and a 1/4 cup of water into the immersion blender cup & whirred until smooth then added it to the saucepan. To the saucepan I added a heaping tablespoon of chicken base, 1 heaping teaspoon of dried oregano and a tablespoon of cumin. Brought the mixture to a boil, reduced to a simmer for 5 minutes & Yummmmmmm!

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Reviewed On: May 31, 2013
Cream Cheese Penguins
They were a tad time-consuming but a Huge hit!! Some guests didn't want to eat them because they were so cute ~ thanks for sharing!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2012

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