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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 75 reviews
Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini
Nothing incredible about this, but there are some serious pluses: it's quick, it's tasty, it makes use of things that I always have in the fridge and freezer, and my husband really enjoyed it. That all said, I did bump up the sauce a little, and used dry herbs. I also used white pepper - for look and flavor. I will absolutely make this again.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2014
Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
I make something nearly identical, but instead of chicken (which I may try adding at some point!), we use red pepper (diced), snow peas (cut into small diagonal slice), diced onion, and cashews, and serve cold. This is an amazing pasta salad. TRY THE CASHEWS!!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2014
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Okay ... I just made this for with supper tonight. Husband is not home yet, but I wanted elements of the meal ready to go for when he gets back. It might not make it that long. Notes, though: you don't need to cover it when cooking - you want a roast to it and covering it will more steam it. Enjoy the roast. Don't add bread crumbs - you want this to be a vegetable roast and nothing more. Leave it simple and enjoy the flavor of the cauliflower and garlic. The light flavor of the cauliflower with the roasted garlic (which sweetens it) combine beautifully enough. The parmesan adds a light element with a tiny bit of salt, so don't salt it too much in the beginning. I did find that I didn't want the whole 1/3 cup of cheese, but my cauliflower head was small, so you may want to use more than I did. Don't tweak ... let the flavors shine through!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2014

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