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Home Town: New York City, New York, USA
Living In: Brooksville, Florida, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Started in NYC, moved to Long Island as a teen, then bought a little motel in the Catskills. After my husband of 30 years passed I moved to Florida for a fresh start. Now re-learning gardening in Florida with an organic herb and vegetable garden for my kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
While I still love meat of all kinds more and more I have been experimenting with plant based recipes, and learning to make healthy and satisfying meals without meat. I'm particularly partial to the spices of India and the middle east, and love to stir-fry as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I had to invent them from scratch. My mom was a lousy cook - totally disinterested in flavor or texture. In self defense, as soon as I was tall enough to work at the stove I started learning to cook, and gradually took over most of the cooking duties. My specialties are chicken cacciatore and a skirt steak casserole of my own invention.
My cooking triumphs
The Thanksgiving dinner I cooked when I was 16 - mom was happy to let me take over, and even her dad, a combustible old grouch, congratulated me on an excellent meal. Turkey with all the fixings - the biggest meal I'd ever attempted :-)
My cooking tragedies
The pot of chili I had to toss because I hadn't cooked the beans sufficiently before adding the rest of the ingredients, and they were somewhere between chewy and crunchy. In my defense I was suffering from a bad cold and wasn't on top of my game at the time and forgot to give them a good test.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
Many years ago I had a recipe for molasses ginger cookies I got from a West Virginia farmer's wife - best cookies I'd ever tasted. That recipe got lost during a move and I have been chasing that flavor ever since. Out of all the recipes I have found to date this comes the closest to that remembered taste. One year I made them for a family Thanksgiving gathering and they went up against a few other homemade and a bunch of expensive store bought. At the end of the evening there were none of mine left, but plenty of the others available to take home with the leftovers. One little 3 year old guy was caught with one in each hand and a third in his mouth ;-) Well done!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2013
Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker
As I usually try to do my first time making any recipe I followed it to the letter. While the output was edible I was disappointed, as the chops were not as tender and moist as I would have expected. The pot juices, while thin, provided enough moisture and flavor to salvage the meal. Perhaps it was the fault of my older crock pot - it was the smallest one of three, and seemed a good choice for my 6 chops, as opposed to the newest which holds 4 times as much - maybe it was too hot, I don't know, so I may try again using my larger newer slow cooker if I try this again. The flavors in the sauce are marvelous, so I may give it another shot. I'll happily update this review at that point.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2013
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
I had no trouble rating this 5 starts simply because it is a close variant on a dish I have been making for years ;-) My version has it served hot, tossed with either chucks of sausage (any type you like works from mild Italian to sweet chicken/apple to turkey kielbasa to vegan) sauteed' with the garlic, or chunks of leftover cooked chicken, to make it a satisfying meal ;-)

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2012

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