MARKCOSENZA Profile - (18377160)

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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 100% Italian with my mother from Northern Italy and father from Southern Italy. I grew up eating terrific fresh Italian food and once I got on my own, i made sure to take the best recipes from my mother to pass them down after she passed away in 2001.
My favorite things to cook
Tomatoe Sauce is something I have yet to share on this forum. I love to make a large pot of it and then freeze for later use. I'm partial to Marinara because I think it's lighter so I had to spend many month's adjusting my mother's and grandmother's recipes to combine my favorite things they did into my own creation.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love my mother's manocotti recipe with a filling of meat and spinach. I find very few Italian restaurants make these correctly (where the shell is more like a light crepe instead of a noodle).
My cooking triumphs
See above.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make some Italian Cookies based on a recipe my Aunt gave me and it was the biggest mess I ever experienced. Pots/Pans dishes everywhere with a result of a gooey chocolate mess.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
Delicious and easy to make. This recipe is good as posted. I've been making in my rotation of appetizers now for a few years...

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2011
Fresh Semolina and Egg Pasta
First try with the pasta machine.. the noodles turned out perfectly as if I'd been doing this all my life. The consistency of the noodles was great making the process a breeze. This being my first time, I expected this to be much more difficult of a process. I did not change anything in the recipe this time - I may try adding some herbs next time though.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2011
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
One of the best dishes I've ever gotten from here. I really was a hit with my family after making this. I did use Hot instead of Sweet Italian Sausage and it was very well received! I will make this again and again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2009
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