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Home Town: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Voluntown, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Mostly stay-at-home mom who is never home! Kids' sports ... some charity work ... volunteer at schools and for teams ... in the process of opening coffeeshop in nearby city. Never a dll (or quiet!) moment!
My favorite things to cook
Love to play in the kitchen - guess I never grew up? Experimentation with various ethnic foods is a hobby ... perhaps a talent as well. Don't enjoy baking as much as I used to - main courses much more fun!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Though I think that I am the only Italian girl who doesn't do lasagna, I love doing the traditional Italian fish Christmas eve. I also enjoy trying to recreate the things that I remember from earlier generations, and have spent a lot of time on letters and phone calls and at the computer doing family cookbooks to preserve the recipes.
My cooking triumphs
I have learned to do a killer duck dinner ... triumphs usually involve something that is unusual for the usual family dinner fare.
My cooking tragedies
Spent HOURS perfecting a Chinese New Year's dinner party for family and neighbors ... I thought everything came out great, but the rest acted like I had poisoned them. They expected something more like Chinese takeout! (Grrrr!)
Recipe Reviews 79 reviews
Skillet Cookies I
I made these last holiday season for the many, many boxes of cookies I send to family and friends. So picture this: it's almost 11:00pm, I'm getting cookie boxes together for my daughters to deliver the next day. Boxes are ready, and cookies of all kinds are lined up on the buffet. I go to the very first of the cookie selection: these date balls. I go to reach into the container, and my hand finds only powdered sugar. What? Really? My husband, who is fast asleep at this point, has snacked his way through every one of them! It seems that whenever he was by the buffet, he grabbed one or two. Or three. Maybe more. This wasn't a single recipe either! I also made these for a Venetian Table at a recent wedding. There were nine kinds of cookies. These went first and fast. Yup. Five stars. No doubt about it.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2014
Strawberry Bread
So I read through the comments & went with what made sense. I upped the amount of berries, and mashed some up so that the flavor was more throughout. I used about half oil & half applesauce. Cooked a little longer (though this could be my oven). Can't post a picture - it was attacked too quickly by my daughter & her boyfriend.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2014
Lite Italian Salad Dressing
I was going to give this four stars, but then my husband commented how much he loved it, so it went up to five. I do have a couple of notes, though ... the first being that corn oil or canola oil may make a slight difference in flavor, but honestly, one really isn't better than another. Yes, you can bump this up to do what you need it to - add garlic, additional herbs, etc., but this is IMPORTANT: do NOT leave it on the counter, as one poster has mentioned. While the oils and vinegar are fine, the herbs will spoil if this is not kept in the fridge. You still shouldn't keep it more than two weeks. Yes, if you keep it in the fridge, it will thicken and separate. An easy way around that is to keep this in a mason jar. You don't have to whisk it every time - just shake away. It'll thin out and mix well, and be ready for the next use.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2014

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