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Ilene


Ilene
 
Home Town: Staten Island, New York, USA
Living In: Rockaway, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am one of those people who loves to read cookbooks from cover to cover for ideas and inspiration. I live in Northern NJ in a beautiful lake community with my husband, two kids and a slew of pets. We keep a kosher home so sometimes I end up tweaking recipes to meet our dietary restrictions. By day I am a librarian but by night I am all about the cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Soup of almost any kind, Cream puffs with honey mousse, Veggies
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Chanukah cookies together. Making applesauce with the apples we pick in the fall. Berries and cream with the berries we pick in the summer. Hosting a Passover dinner each year - many traditional foods but always adding at least one new dish. Creating menus and recipes with my husband who is an amazing cook too.
My cooking triumphs
Having my children help me in the kitchen and inspring a love of cooking in them. I won a recipe contest in a local newspaper when I was in High School for Tuna Salad.
My cooking tragedies
Not too many but one in particular was when my husband decided to make his own corned beef. He asked me to get it started boiling since I would be home first. I dutifully took it out of the fridge where it had been curing and placed it in the pot of boiling water along with some potatoes. When it came time to cut it and eat it, there was just one problem. It was incredibly salty since I had forgotten to rinse the salt off from the dry rub to cure it! Luckily the friends we had over were very understanding and ate it anyway. Maybe that explains why we went through so much beer that night too!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Farmer's Casserole
Made this for a Ladies Brunch yesterday. I followed the advice of other rewievers and used the frozen Potatoes O'Brien instead if the regular shredded potatoes. Akso took their advice and did not use the entire can of evaporated milk. I generally don't measure when I cook so I just added what I thought was enough cheese to it. We keep a kosher home so instead of ham or bacon I substituted chopped frozen (defrosted and drained) spinach. It was delicious. Next time I will brown the potatoes first to give it that extra texture and flavor but it is going into the "keeper" file.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2013
Roasted Kohlrabi
This was the first time I roasted Kohlrabi and it turned out great. I was short on time so I diced the kohlrabi into small squares. My home is a kosher home and we were having a meat meal so I eliminated the cheese but it was still delicious. The kids said it was a keeper so I am sure that we will be making it again. Thank you.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2010
 
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