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Cat Lady Cyndi

Cat Lady Cyndi
Home Town: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Mar. 9, 2010 12:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2012 3:20 pm
This blog is a farewell to shrimp, gone, out of my life. I always loved shrimp, prepared many different ways, especially dishes that incorporated pasta. My favorite being the classic shrimp cocktail. Well recently, I discovered I cannot tolerate the aroma, let alone eat it anymore! I… MORE
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About this Cook
I am a wonderful mother to nine beautiful cats (: and I love to cook and eat! I work full-time in an office, love the outdoors, nature, animals and gardening. Baking is a favorite of mine, I had an amazing Grandmom that made miracles happen with her baking knowledge. I have learned a lot from her at a very young age just watching and helping. Whatever it was, she was great at it. I have all of her hand written recipes that I cherish with my life, and it feels great that I can make her recipes and have them turn out exactly as if she made them, such great memories. There is nothing more relaxing to me than pouring a glass of wine and getting started in the kitchen. I do cook with wine a lot, but none ever makes it into the food (: To me, the most important things in life are good health and spending precious time with loved ones. Live, Love, Laugh and Eat Often!
My favorite things to cook
I really don't know if I have a favorite. I love making all types of different things. I love making pasta dishes & cooking with many vegetables. I also enjoy grilling anything from meats to fish to mushrooms, whatever. I do enjoy baking very much, cakes and cookies the most.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One that seems to stand out the most is the Christmas cookie marathon. I'm pretty much baking the whole entire month of December. I make about 10 different types of cookies and make dozens and dozens of each one. I love it, although it gets exhausting, but I wouldn't have it any other way (: I really get into holiday's, and enjoy cooking big elaborate spreads, whether it be Easter, or a Halloween party. Sometimes there isn't any reason, but just to make a bunch of good food and celebrate!
My cooking triumphs
Triumph to me is when I attempt making something and succeed. It's a great feeling to see and taste the accomplishment of a great meal, and hearing others enjoy it so much. Fortunately, I get to hear that often (:
My cooking tragedies
I'm happy to say I really don't have that many. There is one that I do remember very well. Several years ago I was going to make a basic fish dinner. Shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, some baked potato wedges, and basic breaded baked flounder fillets. I can't even begin tell you how many times I had made shrimp before, but this time they were like hunks of rubber. The flounder breading tasted stale, what cardboard may taste like, and my potatoes were a soggy horrible mess. It still amazes me to this day how everything turned out so terrible. Everything was so not edible, so I literally threw it out the back door. I believe we ordered out that night, and the night time critters had a fish dinner (:
Recipe Reviews 232 reviews
Leftover Dog Pile
We love chili dogs, that's what we call these! I used homemade chili, basic recipe, and they are just great. I did use hot dog buns, but my boyfriend really seems to like using bread too. The onion is a must for us, it really adds so much to these hot dogs. Thanks cheesecakemama for posting this, it is a classic :)

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2011
Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs
Delicious! I doubled the recipe and used 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb ground pork, which makes all the difference in my opinion. I used 2-28oz cans of whole San Marzano tomatoes, and 2-28oz cans of crushed tomatoes. I sauteed the onion and garlic then transferred to my crock pot with the other ingredients and set on low for 7 hours. I also used 3/4 cup of Progresso Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead of the fresh bread crumbs. I never follow a recipe to make sauce and meatballs, but this is great, and my changes are because of personal preference. Instead of the basil, an Italian seasoning blend would work just great. Wonderful, classic meatball and sauce recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2011
Parmesan Spinach Balls
I did not taste these, but they were very well received by my guests. I followed the recipe as written, except I used 1/2 tsp. of onion powder instead of the green onion. Cute, quick, and tasty, what more could you ask for? I served these with marinara sauce and ranch dressing. The marinara is the winner for sure. I would definitely make these again for a party, thank you for sharing :)

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2011
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