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Home Town: New York, New York, USA
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Planning a meal is half the fun for me. I love to make a recipe that's new or a little bit involved. Ultimately, I seem to have the most success with pastas, homemade pizza and salad. I want to get better with healthy foods that don't sacrifice flavor.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year or two my mother would bring the family to visit her home in Germany. We'd spend a month or so with my grandmother, who was a fantastic cook and home-maker. I have strong memories of feeling nurtured by her hot cocoa in the mornings and schnitzel and dumplings with gravy, delicious tomato salad or cucumber salad, cherries she had canned from the back yard or a delicious cake with homemade whipped cream for dessert. I've started to try to learn to cook in the last few years, mostly because I just love to eat. I hope if I ever have a family of my own I will be as good as she was at creating rituals around home and mealtime.
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Strawberry Basil Margarita
I had an amazing strawberry-basil cocktail while on vacation in Italy and I've been trying to figure out how to recreate it. This is very close. I think I'll try subbing some other alcohols for tequila, to see how the flavors work. Thanks for the great recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2011
Cabbage Fat-Burning Soup
This soup is actually delicious!!! I thought it was going to be a fat-burning practical soup, but even my skinny brother said I should make it again. My only challenge was not being able to find a big enough pot to fit all the ingredients. I used my largest pot, a big dutch oven, and I couldn't get anywhere near all the ingredients in. Still, even with some of the extra veggies left out, it came out GREAT. Thanks so much for posting!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2011
Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli
I have always just steamed broccoli with lemon and butter before, never experimented with roasting, but this is definitely a great way to prepare it! I also like to add a little crushed red pepper with the garlic and oil toss. Yesterday I had no lemon, so I tried a different "acidic flavor" to brighten it up. I made a little balsamic vinegar reduction (reduce 1 c. good balsamic with 1/4 c. sugar and a pinch salt till it gets down to a syrupy 1/3 cup or so). YUMMMMMMM!!!! It was such a treat. WARNING: DON'T BURN. I think the woman who said this was really bad may have burned hers a little. Burnt broccoli is very unpleasant smelling. The little fluffy green parts of the florets will tend to cook faster, so be vigilant and err on the side of under-cooking.

45 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2011
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