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Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: Santa Clara, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I've been on this site for a few years trying lots of recipes. I'm trying to to go through my favorites and review then and submit photos. Also i've created a few of my own recipes that i will be sharing when i find the time to post.
My favorite things to cook
Baking comes most naturally to me, and i always have fun while doing it. Ironically enough, i don't really care for sweets. My boyfriend is my taste tester and he swears that i make some of the best desserts that he's ever had.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to cook meat dishes for my boyfriend even though i am vegetarian. It was a triumph for me to both get near the meat and touch it, and to perfect recipes and make them taste good, without being able to taste them along the way.
My cooking tragedies
I will learn how to make gnocchi one day! It is my favorite and i always order it when i go out, but i can't get it right. It is either too floury and not light and airy, or it falls apart in the water.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Pasta Shells with Portobello Mushrooms and Asparagus in Boursin Sauce
I've seen Boursin cheese in my local grocery store for $6.99 so I can see why people say it's pricey. If you have one near you I recommend going to Trader Joe's. Their Boursin is only around $3 and they usually have some reasonably priced portobellos and asparagus to go with it.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2009
Birthday Bones
These were super easy! I own a book on homemade dog biscuits but most of the recipes call for bone meal and desiccated liver, needless to say i never have those on hand. So this was a quick alternative. Try substituting low sodium chicken or beef broth instead of the milk, especially for those dogs that are sensitive to dairy.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2008
Simple Turkey Chili
Great recipe! Here are the changes I made. I added about a cup of diced red and yellow bell peppers and a jalapeno when I was cooking the onion. I also omitted the cumin and oregano. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomato sauce because that is what I had on hand. I only used half a can of beans, based on personal taste, and left them whole. Lastly I used beer instead of the water. I started with a cup, but the chili got very thick while simmering, and I added the rest of the bottle.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 28, 2008

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