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Laura Jean

Laura Jean
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Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert
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About this Cook
I come from a long line of Italian women who could make ANYTHING taste good.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking. I have thee best basic cookie recipe and I just add things to it to change it up. I cook dinner almost everynight, I cook a great steak.
My favorite family cooking traditions
With all the Italian women in my family, you would think I have a list of recipes to use, but I don't. They never wrote anything down. Even when I ask my mother how she does her red sauce, she had difficulty explaining it. No measurements, no times... it's frustrating, but I think that is what's made these women such great cooks... cooking on instinct.
My cooking triumphs
Catering a bridal shower for 40... fresh chicken salad finger sandwiches, cheese course, roasted vegetables... it was fabulous.
My cooking tragedies
Just about EVERYTHING I try for the first time is a tragedy. I guess I have a tempermental oven & a lack of patience. I always learn from my mistakes, so I just accept the fact that my first round will likely not turn out.
Recipe Reviews 72 reviews
New Duchess Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Frosting
WHEN WILL I LEARN??? This cake is not good. It's dry, just like pretty much everyone else has said... but noooooooooooo, I had to try it anyway thinking my superior talent in the kitchen could side step the inequities of this recipe. The edges of the cake were hockeypuck-esque. The inside was dry and crumbly. I creamed the sugar/shortening and even increased the shortening to meet 1/2 the sugar level. Beat in the eggs one at a time, added the dry mixture to the wet, adding buttermilk inbetween scoops of flour - didn't overmix. I gave it all I had... Please folks... stop rating the frosting! When will I learn to trust the reviews? When will I learn?

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2010
Caramel Apple Eclair Cake
I made a few changes... instead of apples, I used celery and instead of pudding I used Cream of Mushroom Soup. Don't you hate it when people completely change the recipe & then complain about it? I'm only kidding. I made this as written and it was really very good. Gone in under an hour.

93 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2008
Sherry Wine Sauce Chicken
I'm giving it 4 stars because that's the average and I didn't want to rate it the way I made it... which would be 9 stars. Usually I'm annoyed when people rate a recipe when they've completely changed it, but it's like passing a stone to get a recipe approved on this site (unless of course, you have a recipe for Corn Fudge which apparently they have no problem publishing... but I digress). I saw the reviews that said too saucy and too bland... so here's what I did and it might just be the best thing I've ever made. ***My husband is washing all the dishes right now if that's any indication. I carmelized some red onion and put that at the bottom of the 9x13. Then I put down 3 butterflied chicken breasts I had lightly browned first. Covered with a slice of swiss cheese. Poured the sauce over (sour cream, sherry, & 1/2 the amount of soup) and baked. Oh, then sprinkled about 6 thin slices of crumbled cooked bacon. Served this crazy mess over some egg noodles and I swear, I'm so darn proud of myself. This was really excellent. I stole the ideas from some other similar recipes on this site. Forgive me, please, for reviewing a recipe I changed so much. I just had to share.

39 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2008

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