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Vicki in CA

Vicki in CA
Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
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Snickerdoodles I
About this Cook
I am a native Californian who loves finding new recipes to try out on friends.
My favorite things to cook
I love to have buffet style dinner parties. I am always looking for great recipes where I can do most of the preparation in advance to makes for an easy, relaxed evening.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas pot lucks.
My cooking triumphs
Any dinner party where my guests are happy and leave full of good food!
My cooking tragedies
My very first "dinner party" in college where I tried to make a pasta dish and I put the pasta in a pot and just barely covered it with water, needless to say the water burned away and the pasta was ruined.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Antipasto Platter
Fabulous party platter, there is something for everyone. I have made this many times and vary it each time. Stopped adding the lettuce leaves, the salamis and other items are colorful enough. As others have said, this is pricey but always a hit at a pary. I also make sure to have good foccacia and other breads along with tasty mustards for those who want to make a mini sandwich.

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2009
Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
I made a couple minor changes - i halved the amount of garlic and substituted with two minced shallots. I also used fresh basil instead of parsley. I used a very light turkey Italian sausage that I got at Whole Foods. Yummy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2008
Potato Latkes I
Very good recipe after incorporating the advice from other reviewers. I only added one egg and tripled the flour and amount of onions. I cooked these in olive oil instead of peanut oil. This was my first time making latkes and they came out perfect with the above changes!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2008

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