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Detective Abe, RN

Detective Abe, RN
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Living In: Elk Grove, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am of Italian descent, married for over twenty years to a husband of Japanese descent. I grew up with Italian and Mexican food in my native Napa Valley, and since marrying my darling Raymond I have learned Japanese cookery as well. We live on three acres and we grow everything from artichokes to zucchini.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soup, salads, roasted meat, polenta, pesto, and pasta. I also make sushi, udon, sato imo, pickled vegetables, and other Japanese dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Big Italian dinners and Japanese sushi parties!
My cooking triumphs
The invention of the tomato pesto on sandwiches that rocked my son's high school pals, the invention of the 'paintball roll', and my unique bruschetta from the garden. Also, I make an anti-gravity chocolate cake...cake so heavy and rich it defies gravity!
My cooking tragedies
Never NEVER ask me for a carrot cake recipe.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Easy Pumpkin Muffins
Great recipe, but I did alter it...I added two eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, and my home-grown butternut squash (15 oz). Also, I skipped the cloves and added a tablespoon of ginger powder. These were so darn good that all 18 muffins were gone in 24 hours (I have teenagers who swim daily).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2009
Spooky Witches' Fingers
Definitely use the green food coloring and double the almond extract for better flavor. These were a BIG hit! I used pomagranate jelly to stick on the 'bloody nails' before baking. Big hit with the neighbor kids and Grandma, too!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2009
Fresh Pumpkin Pie
I made this with one of my butternut squash and it was fantastico!! Hot out of the oven with vanilla ice cream made it heavenly. I must add that I do not use crust, I just spray the baking dish with pam and pour in the filling. Less calories, less work!! My family gobbled this one up!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2009

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