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Cathi from NJ

Cathi from NJ
Home Town: Iselin, New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Port Richey, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am originally from New Jersey, and now live in Florida. I love to travel and cook. I am an 80's rocker at heart and don't think I will ever grow up!
My favorite things to cook
EVERYTHING!! I love to throw together new things every night..I am one of those people who likes to create a recipe using whatever I have on hand. I rarely follow a recipe, but love to read them and take inspiration.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Slovak Easter and Christmas celebrations with my paternal grandparents...baking with my grandma. I have yet to come up with a stuffed cabbage that tastes just like hers, and I probably never will, but I will have fun trying.
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving dinner--I cooked for about 25 co-workers, all of us transplants to Florida, and none of us had any family here to celebrate with. Luckily everything turned out well, even though I got made fun of for garnishing the turkey with parsley!
My cooking tragedies
Finding a gravy packet--not giblets-- (who knew they put those in there????!!!) in the cavity of my Thanksgiving turkey--which wouldn't have been so embarrassing if my husband didn't point it out so loudly!! Not the same Thanksgiving as my triumph day, but funny how my best and worst cooking memories are from the same holiday!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These were nothing special IMO. The only difference I made was to add vanilla and soak the cranberries in warm water first to plump them. They were ok, but I won't be making them again. To me they were lacking in flavor.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2008
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
PROS-Fast, easy, cheap. CONS-VERY,Very sweet...overly so. Definate cake mix flavor. This recipe is good in a pinch, but it needs some tweaking IMO. I would definately try the other suggestions of adding lemon juice to the jam, to cut the excess sweetness. Not a favorite of mine, but my husband thought they were great--but then, there is very little foodwise that he doesn't like!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2008
Cirak (Egg Cheese Roll)
Not like the cirak we grew up on. Ours is Easter cheese, not a sweet desert. But gave it a shot anyway.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2008
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