Nicole Profile - (18148501)

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Living In: Essex Junction, Vermont, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Gourmet
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Pudge and Me
About this Cook
I grew up with some great cooks! My Mother and Grandmother (Memere) always had great smells coming from the kitchen! Being from a French Canadian family (Mother's side) the holidays were always filled with traditional foods - especially Toutierre (meat pie) for Christmas. Also, my father was Italian and unfortunately I never met my paternal grandparents - obviously their blood runs deep in my cooking veins...Italian foods are some of my favorite to make!
My favorite things to cook
I like to constantly try new things - spend most of my time on this website looking for new and interesting things to try! It's my secret weapon - everyone thinks I'm just naturally a good cook! I think a good recipe makes a good cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Toutierre and bake beans!
My cooking triumphs
When the torch was officially passed down to me by my 95 year old Memere - I am now the Toutierre maker of the family! I just about cried when she tasted my Toutierre and gave it her seal of approval! She was speechless when I told her I made it with ground turkey and turkey sausage instead of the traditional pork! Although my crust will never be as good as hers!
My cooking tragedies
I tried a recipe for "Pumpkin Crisp" for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional Pumpkin Pie - I had never seen, tasted or made this recipie before...and instead of baking it in the 11x9 pan it told me to...I thought I would be cute and put it in two pie plates (fool people into thinking it was Pumpkin pie?) Well, it was about 15 minutes into baking when it started to spill over the sides...and caught fire!! I was 15 minutes late to my sisters house (where we were having T-day dinner) with my store bought pie in hand and my pumpkin fiasco story! Oh...and I made the Pumpkin crisp for Christmas that year (in the required 11x9 pan) and it has been a requested dessert at all holiday gatherings since then!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Pumpkin Bean Soup
I found this exact recipe on Recipezaar and love it! Although that recipe did not call for cilantro - it called for 1 tsp. curry, 1 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp cayenne - I would knock the cayenne back to 1/4 was pretty spicy!! And I made it with fresh pumpkin - takes a little time to cut, peel, boil and mash the pumpkin - but tasted great and a nice way to use pumpkins this fall!

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2008
Italian Sausage Soup
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is a quick and easy soup to make after work on a cold night! Everyone I have served it to absolutely LOVES it! I've used Turkey sausage, sweet sausage and HOT sausage and it comes out amazing each time! I also add a can of green beans too...get your veggies in as many ways as possible!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2008
Pork Loin Stuffed with Spinach
Really great! I too doubled the sauce...and added some chopped red cabbage to the spinach stuffing. Everyone raved about it...and it filled the house with an amazing aroma! Definitely adding it to my favorites :)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2008

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