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Stephanie Marushia

Stephanie Marushia
Home Town: Fairfax, D.C., USA
Living In: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I want to learn more about Jewish cooking. I also want to learn more kid friendly vegetable dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Turkey recipe with apples & champagne, Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake (the kind with chocolate swirled through), spaghetti sauce, various Italian dishes
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking Italian food and finding ways to make it healthier. My favorite thing to do with my 4 yr old is making pizza together.
My cooking triumphs
My holiday cooking is my favorite - turkey and cheesecake is what is generally the contribution my family asks me to make at family gatherings. I also make an incredible 4 cheese pasta dish with Shrimp and Chicken.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
The World's Best Turkey
This is the best turkey I have ever made (I've made it about 10 times). It has turned out moist and delicious every time and each time I'm invited to a family gathering I'm asked to provide the turkey (that's the only drawback I've seen to this recipe)! I've only seen a few people have problems and here is how to avoid them. First check the temperature of your oven with a thermometer before putting the turkey in - just because the dial says a certain temp doesn't mean your oven agrees. Also make sure you brine your turkey the day before (look for recipes here to do so - it makes a big difference). You also need to make sure the butter is properly distributed in pats under the skin. Always make sure you adjust the amount of the ingredients for the size of the turkey! Some people prefer to add a little less champagne so the gravy isn't affected as much. Lastly I would imagine that some of the people having trouble with dryness might have used a frozen turkey and didn't allow ample time to thaw and they probably didn't brine it which is the secret to increible, moist, turkey. Another tip for Thanksgiving - try making a Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake - easy and delicious!

26 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2008

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