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Home Town: Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Living In: South Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Mojito Fruit Salad
About this Cook
I work as a live-out nanny in Charleston, WV and absolutely love cooking. I was horrible at first but with a lot of practice I've greatly improved. The only unfortunate part is that I'm always the one pegged to cook for get-togethers with the friends!!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking pastas, soups, pasta salads and at times, baking. I'm told I make the best desserts ever. In fact, that is one of the few things I've been good at from the start. And my husband and old college roommate swear I make the best sandwiches but I'm not quite sure how this is possible.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making homemade ravioli for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
I make an awesome scampi that my husband and friends can't stop eating!! My pasta sauces and meatballs also turn out pretty good. I guess I have to attribute that to my Italian heritage!!
My cooking tragedies
I set the oven on fire this past January when I attempted to toast coconut under the broiler. I left it in too long, obviously. We had to use the fire extinguisher to put it out. I think my grandma was extra-appreciative of her homemade coconut cream birthday pie!!
Recipe Reviews 65 reviews
Golompke (Beef and Cabbage Casserole)
This is a good base recipe but, and I know how everyone hates this, I had to change a few things. First of all, I had a head of cabbage left over so I cut that up and sauteed it with olive oil, 1 chopped onion and 3 cloves of garlic, minced. I used 2 lbs. ground chuck which I browned and drained. Then I made 2 c. of white rice in a large stock pot. Added the cabbage mixture, ground beef, 2 cans of soup, 1 can water, and 1 can of tomato sauce with the herbs and such already in there. and 1 envelope of dried onion soup mix. I mixed it all together and let the cabbage soften a little more with the lid on. It DISAPPEARED! My husband and brother added a few dashes of hot sauce to theirs. Definitely a winner and much, much easier than traditional cabbage rolls.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2011
Blonde Brownies I
Disappeared within 10 minutes of cutting and I doubled the recipe!! Delicious!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2011
Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce
Delish! I did as others suggested and baked them. Husband is a huge falafel fan and claimed they were better than the ones at the authentic local joints. Some said the recipe was time-consuming but honestly it doesn't take any more time than the average meatloaf! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2011
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