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Donna Maria

Donna Maria
Home Town: Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
A German mom, an American dad and an Australian Husband. My life is a melting pot! My greatest cooking influence was probably my mom seconded only by the TV cooking programs I am addicted to. And my dad gets a mention because through him I learned to give all foods a try. About twice a year I try to recreate my mother's Swedish Meatball recipe that she refused to hand out before she suddenly passed away. I feel more connected with her at those times and I find myself asking her for the inspiration to get it right! When I do, I promise to post it here.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook change constantly. Pasta is an all time favorite, but that doesn't really narrow it down, does it? However, speaking of my favorite things, this site has to be in my top 3 of the entire internet, but only behind Hotmail and and those are neccesities.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I continue my mom's tradition of fish on Christmas eve and my own tradition of Chestnut Stuffing on Thanksgiving (which I do celebrate here in Australia). I've added Cauliflower Cheese to my Thanksgiving menu, which is popular here where my husband is from.
My cooking triumphs
Australia is a real Meat and Potatoes county (and boy, do they *love* thier lamb...blech!), and not having been a big red meat eater before I met my husband, having perfected how to cook a medium-rare steak was a real accomplishment for me!
My cooking tragedies
My cooking tragedy. A Chicken Lasangne recipe I tried when I was in my teens. It wasn't pretty.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
I thought this recipe was great as is. I didn't have a problem with flat cookies like some of the others, however i did stir as little as possible. The only issue I had was that I had to increase the temp to 340F and the time to 15 minutes. But we just bought a new house and this could be an issue with the ovens that I am still not too familiar with. This is only my second time baking in them! I only mention it in case I'm not the only one... Thanks for the recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2015
Fluffy Pancakes
5 stars because they are so fluffy and I would have never thought about adding the vinegar to sour the milk, however, having made this recipe 3 times now I found the amount of vinegar just a little too much. I cut it down from 2 tablespoons to 1 1/2 tablespoons and I actually found that slight change made a difference to the taste. Of course thats just my palate.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2015
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
I doubled the 1 cup of water, sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 cup of cold water. Added 1 chicken and 1 beef bullion cube with an extra 1/2 cup of water. Was much closer to the Shrimp with Lobster Sauce I have at my local Chinese restaurant.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013

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