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Home Town: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Living In: Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I am very happily married, and have been cooking for many years. I started cooking very low fat recipes in the beginning as my hubby had high cholesterol. Over the years the low fat recipes went out the window. Now it is low carb & high healthy fat etc. etc. Boy how times change.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook a good steak, and chicken. I have a great recipe for BBQ brisket, which I should submit. Mexican, Italian, Jewish. I love to try new vegetables recipes, and by the time I finish my dinner, deserts are the last on my things to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I sometimes make breakfast for dinner. Poached eggs, biscuits w/ sausage gravy, hash browns & a good smoked bacon. Not often but about once a month. My favorite is at Hanukkkah, I make a dinner for about 60 to 70 people. Fried Turkeys, BBQ brisket, spinach madeline, Sweet potatoes with marshmallows, Homemade sausage stuffing with lots of vegetables, and always noodle pudding and Potato Kugel. Deserts are always homemade pumpkin, apple and pecan pies.
My cooking triumphs
Just before my hubby and I got married, we celebrated Passover. I wanted to feel a part of my hubby's beautiful religion. I decided to make the passover Sedar. Not knowing what to do I went to the local grocery store to shop for everything, and found a children's haggadah. It gave me very simple recipes that a child could make, and also how to do the Sedar plate, which is a major part of the whole ceremony. I found recipes that I had from a local temple, and worked for 3 days to prepare a great meal. With 18 people coming that night, the house really had to be ready. I was really very nervous. Everything turned out so beautifully. That made my year.
My cooking tragedies
I decided one time to make chicken croquettes for dinner and worked all day in the kitchen grinding the chicken etc. I was a beginner cook and followed the recipe to the T. Well to make a long story short they turned out pretty bad. (What happened ?? when my mom made them they were excellent) I looked up at my husband and said well where do you want to go to dinner now ?. The kids looked and me and said Hey did you forget something what about us ?
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs
I made these Ricotta Meatballs today and they were delicious. I followed the recipe exact, except i mixed fresh Basil & Parsley together to make 1/4 cup. Since I like larger meatballs, I made each one about 2 1/2 inches, which gave me 13 and baked them on 375* for about 20 minutes turning a few times. I finished off in the pan as the recipe calls. For my hubby who loves pasta, a chopped the meatballs and put on top of the pasta. Myself just ate them as is. This is a recipe that I will definitely make again. Served this with Chef John's Stacked Tomato & Burrata Salad also on this site, and a crusty garlic french bread. Thank you Chef John for all of your wonderful recipes.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2015
Chef John's Pumpkin Pancakes
I made these today exactly as stated. I have to say that they were excellent. Very light and fluffily. You definitely have to whip up the flour mixture for the said two minutes. I really feel that this is the clue to making these pancakes so fantastic. I will for sure be making these time and time again. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you Chef John

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Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2014
Black Beans
I have made this recipe many times. As an old Cuban friend told me many years ago, just clean the beans really well by rinsing them several times then put in a pot and bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 3 hours. When soft then add all of your spices. I chop up lots of fresh onion and with that add cooked rice. What a great side dish. Note DO NOT ADD ANY SPICES AND THAT INCLUDES SALT BEFORE COOKING. ADD AT THE END.

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Reviewed On: May 2, 2014
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