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Little Old Lady

Little Old Lady
Home Town: Long Island, New York, USA
Living In: Westchester, New York, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy
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About this Cook
Can turn out delicious "slow food" from a studio apt. kitchen. Don't eat mammals, and prefer whole grains & flours to refined. I pay attention to freshness of ingredients and know my herbs & spices.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken Paprikash (healthy version)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was never afraid of recipes from different ethnicities, w/ novel ingredients, so neither am I.
My cooking triumphs
Jamaican-flavor turkey loaf. (Great mix of spices--bite of pepper & sweetness of black cherry juice concentrate are phenomenal according to happy diners.) Newly created tofu in marsala wine sauce.
My cooking tragedies
Found out the hard way that pumpkin seed oil makes matzo balls a weird green. But they still taste good.
Recipe Reviews 36 reviews
Wine Cookies (Original Italian)
Very yummy, but one important step was left out of the directions. The oil must be added to the dry ingredients BEFORE the wine and worked into them well, first. This coats the flour and keeps it from soaking up as much wine and becoming gluey. Doing this, along with letting the dough cool awhile in the refrigerator before forming the cookies, means no sticky dough. In fact the dough turns out elastic and just like playdough--very easy to handle. To get the 2" diameter cookies, pull off just enough to make balls a little under an inch in diameter. They will be the right size when you flatten them. Be generous with the sugar coating. These go great with a cup of black tea.

27 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2012
Oatmeal Crispies I
These were quite tasty & CRISPY. (I did flatten them to 1/4" thick using a greased spatula & baked them 12 minutes.) OK, all of you who said they came out chewy, admit you used all margarine or butter instead of shortening. The reason it makes such a big difference is that margarine & butter have some water in them, and shortening doesn't. The exception is special European-style butter which has much of the water squeezed out so it cooks more predictably. You can find it at upscale supermarkets and gourmet stores. The only change I made was to add 2/3 cup of raisins. Unlike most cookie recipes, these did not come out too sweet for me using the full amount of sugar.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2012
Hunter Style Chicken
With just a few tweaks, this is 5 stars. I doubled the fresh herbs and held off putting in the basil until the last 10 minutes of cooking. Before I browned the chicken I dredged it in flour seasoned w/ s&p, and a trace of chipotle powder for a touch of smoke, as I don't eat red meat (the bacon). Since I used the flour and no bacon, I added a bit more oil before sauteeing the veggies. I included a couple of coarsely diced carrots and 2 minced cloves of garlic w/ the onions & mushrooms, as I'd seen in other, similar recipes. Two full-sized tomatoes make a lb. if, like most Americans, you don't have a food scale. For the cooking wine, I chose a decent Garnacha--an inexpensive, low tannin, Spanish red, but if you can get Dolcetto on sale that would be great. Don't forget to offer lots of crusty Italian bread to sop up the sauce.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2012
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