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Sit_us_in Kane

Sit_us_in Kane
Home Town: Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Technically, I've spent more than half my life in the Baltimore, MD area. However, my childhood, culinary roots and traditions are deeply entrenched in the ethnicities and "culinary colloquial cuisine" of Northeast PA.(NEPA) It is only after the last 15 yrs. here in B'More, I've discovered this area's ethnic and moreover, international diversity, yet delightfully distinct traditions that are truly unique to MD. I've enthusiastically embraced them all into my own culinary repertoire. I've found myself re-inspired to create, re-invent, expand my "palate" horizons and most notably, share with others, a primary need that bonds us together...FOOD. To me the ultimate "atta girl" and validation is serving good food and watching those plates go clean and serving platters empty! It's redeeming and cathartic.
My favorite things to cook
1.)Pasta, pasta, pasta! My go-to comfort food and quickie meal. Done a million ways! I haven't done 1M ways yet, but certainly on my way! 2.)pasta(red)sauce, pesto, alfredo(go figure!) Thanks MOM! 3.)French onion soup.(base) 4.)Stromboli (ham & cheese & roast beef)accompanied by homemade sauces. 5.)Homemade dough for bread, Stromboli, pizza, hearty sandwiches. 6.)London broil. What a versatile piece of meat and inexpensive when on sale! 7.)Meatballs 8.)Savory, hearty dishes, comfort foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks MOM! 1.)Pasta,(homemade) with (homemade) sauce. (would eat for days!) 2.)meatballs (pork, veal, ground beef, fresh herbs, bread crumbs.) 3.)Halupkies (cabbage rolls in tomato sauce)(would eat for days!) 4.)Halushkie (fried cabbage, in fat back,onions, vinegar, etc.) 5.)Pierogies (we all know what they are.) but Mom's made by hand!) 6.)Coney Island wieners & sauce. (mmmm, lots of cumin!) 7.)Jewish apple cake. 8.)Scalloped potatoes. 9.)Garlic kielbasa, blood sausage, smoked kielbasa. 10.)Tripe in sauce. (I never knew I was eating a cow's stomach! That Good!)
My cooking triumphs
French onion soup (base)Nailed it! Homemade pasta red sauce. Homemade pesto. Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce-Have my family spoiled Rotten! Pasta, sausage with onions, peppers. London Broil(varied ways)grilled. Cheese tortellini Steak alfredo, with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, baby spinach and kalamata olives.
My cooking tragedies
French Onion Soup: I nail the broth! can't seem to get that bread and cheese to rise to top as a cap. ARRGh! I need help! Need serious work on my knife skills. My husband who has no culinary skills, but can cut perfect cubes of potatoes, dice onions, slice cheese, etc. I have to work at it! What UP with that? Practice, practice, practice. I suck or really, really have to work hard on anything that is dessert related. I love Savory, not sweets. Not inspired. Ron Ben Israel would say, "I'm no "Sweet Genius!" My first 2 rounds of roasted vegetables turned out poorly. All about timing and turning, generally pay attention!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Asian Mushroom Soup
Loved it! My Daughter and I made this "on the fly" after returning from an authentic sushi establishment hours before. Inspired, yet still hungry for more, we decided to look up a simple soup to satiate our needs. Perfect! Quick, easy and versatile. While we didn't have all the ingredients in our pantry, the base recipe was great. I definitely recommend the "low sodium" recommendations. i.e., soy sauce, chicken broth. You can always add salt, you can't take it away. We used low sodium soy sauce, broth, canned portabello mushrooms, ginger powder, minced garlic and finely diced shallot,& shredded carrot. We skipped the cabbage, spinach and replaced spring onion with shallot, because we didn't have it. We Salt and peppered to taste. We were fortunate to have Mirin and Udon noodles. I highly recommend. It really DOES make an authentic difference. We recommend the Udon noodles because of cooking time and texture. The Mirin because of it's subtle sweetness. The shallot worked just as well for flavor, but I can see how the green onion does make it aesthetically pleasing. Either way, it was a very light, crisp, comforting, pleasing and satisfying result. Preparation was easy. Great recipe with innumerable applications. In this case, simple was perfect. Thank you!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2013
The Best Meatballs
Great job Geanine! Loved the basics. I relatively stuck to them. True to form, it got it done. I strongly agree with your recommendation of the mix of meat, fresh herbs, cheese, initial binders. They DO make a difference! I did take some culinary license, like some others, in regard to adding a bit of red onion, Worcestershire, Panko crumbs & stale bread. I also added 1/4 cup of Italian dressing in lieu of olive oil. I did bake the meatballs rather than fry them. Ping Pong size, 30 minutes at 350. I finished cooking meatballs in slow cooker on high, in basic red pasta sauce for about another hr. I took them to our Super Bowl party and they flew out of my crockpot! It was not only cool that my team won, but I came home with an empty crockpot. Wow! I felt like I won the Lombardi trophy! Thank you.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 6, 2013
Cinnamon Corn
Love this recipe! I came across it about 5 years in a search for a corn side dish w/a subtle flare to attend a family gathering with my boyfriend, now hubby! Yep,that good! LOL! Tweeked down the sugar to a 1/4 cup all in. I also add cinnamon to mixture before baking and dash of nutmeg on the finish. Now, it's expected that I bring this dish. So easy and simple. Warm and comforting. I highly recommend.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2012

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