I am a happily married 41 year old mother of 4. 3 daughters and 1 son. My oldest is 20, my two middle children: 13 yr old girl, 7 year old boy and a 7 month old baby girl! I love my family and would do anything for them. I have the love and support of my terrific husband of 15 years. I have always enjoyed baking/cooking starting at the young age of 6 years old...My first cheesecake I made by myself I was 7 years old and I've been a cook/baker ever since. I also enjoy volunteering with the elderly and disabled children. I always bring a treat wherever I go.
My favorite things to cook
I am always trying to perfect the art of cheesecake...there's so many options. Another quest is to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
I also love making the best beef stew I've ever tasted using beef base and burgandy which yields the most rich and delicious beef stew you've ever tasted!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking spritz with my cookie press for Christmas with my children who shake beautiful sprinkles from colorful round sugar beads to iridescent curls.
My cooking triumphs
Triple Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
1. Chocolate cookie crust
2. Rich Chocolate Cheesecake center made with dark chococlate.
3. Velvety ganache glaze with Godiva Chocolate liqueur covering top of the cheesecake with beautiful ganache dripping down meeting the chocolate cookie crust. Alas, the pièce de résistance...Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles made with pureed raspberries and Chambourd liqueur incorporated inside the rolled ganache filling. I rolled the truffles in a Belgium unsweetened cocoa powder and placed as the final touch so each slice contained a whole truffle. Most delicious, dense cheesecake I've ever made.
My cooking tragedies
Christmas dinner, 2012...
23 lb stuffed turkey didn't make it to the oven until 4pm Christmas day. I took the turkey out of the oven...checked temperature with digital thermometer properly with a reading of 165 degrees F. Pulled turkey out of the oven, scooped stuffing out and placed in an oven proof covered dish and put back in oven for 45 minutes while the turkey rested before carving. As I began to remove the legs I noticed pink juices!!! The breast meat was juicy and done. So I filleted the breast meat whole and covered tightly the remaining turkey with aluminum foil and put back in oven to finish cooking completely. We finally ate Christmas Dinner after midnight! But I did make the best turkey gravey ever!!!