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Dana


Dana
 
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Living In: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home mother of 2. I have two daughters-Josephine (4) and Rosetta (16 months). I'd rather be baking than doing almost anything.
My favorite things to cook
Uncomplicated recipes with accessible and fresh ingredients. My philosophy is simple is better. I don't think you need a lot of ingredients or steps for a recipe to be delicious. I also try to stay away from processed food (i,e,. "velveeta", and other "foods" with unrecognizable ingredients), refined sugars and carbs. My family and I eat a lot of veggies and fruit, whole grains, and healthy baked goods. I'm crazy about breakfast foods-especially healthy muffins. Although any form of baking is appreciated by me, baking bread and muffins is what I do most.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a strong Italian family. I grew up eating homemade pizza, pasta, and fish-among many other traditional Italian dishes. Italian tradition and food is very alive in my home now as an adult. I hope to pass on the tradition of cooking together and preparing family recipes that have been revered in my family for decades. Growing up Italian not only meant wonderful food but quality time in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins-you get the picture. Cooking was a way to bring the family together and celebrate birthdays and holidays. I'll always cherish that.
My cooking triumphs
My "triumph" isn't one particular food but the fact that I can now "create" recipes as opposed to always following a recipe. Also, thanks to Chantal's NY style cheesecake (on this site) I can now make a killer cheesecake. That is one area of baking I was pretty weak but now I will never ever follow another cheesecake recipe. I subbed Baileys for the milk and added chocolate chips on the top of the cheesecake and over the crust and it was heavenly.
My cooking tragedies
I'm on the search for the perfect, creamiest, most luscious cannoli filling. I've never tested a recipe and held it to such scrutiny as I have with cannoli fillings. There is a restaurant in Cleveland that makes their filling unlike any other filling I've ever had. It's perfection-not necessarily traditional though. The filling is SUPER creamy and thick-like velvet. It's not grainy like traditional ricotta. I've tried draining, processing, adding mascarpone, heavy cream..I just can't duplicate it. If you have any ideas-send them my way PLEASE!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Lighter Banana Muffins
I'm rating these 5 stars because if you bake them according to the suggestions of several reviewers-including myself-they are quite nice! I, actually, enjoy the texture of low fat muffins as they are not so "cupcake" like. It feels like a healthy breakfast and not a dessert, you know? If you enjoy the cakey texture of a high fat muffin, I don't think these muffins will suit your liking. They taste perfect for a low fat muffin. Believe me, I know a low fat muffin disaster and these are FAR from that. They have all the redeeming qualities of a good low fat muffin. They rose beautifully, taste great, have a hearty but not dry texture, and they look pretty. Just don't omit the extra banana or milk and you're good to go!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2008
Supreme Strawberry Topping
Oh my goodness! Hands down-this is the most divine strawberry sauce that will pass your lips. It's heavenly. I'm using mine over pound cake. YUMMMMMM!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2008
Spaghetti Squash I
Suprisingly tasty! I used a can of tomatoes, drained and chopped, pitted kalamatas. YUM!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2008
 
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