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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Ephraim, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
First generation Italian-American, so LOVE Mediterranean food!
My favorite things to cook
Homemade pasta, especially lasagna & ravioli. Interested in learning more about Thai, Nepalese, and Indian cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Make cannoli with daughters & their husbands (fiances) on Christmas Eve.
My cooking triumphs
Made 10 pans of lasagna (pasta from scratch) for 150 people for my daughter's high school graduation open house. Next-door neighbor helped store in freezer & cook in oven, and church ladies helped serve. My daughter, friends, family, and I made the food for her wedding reception (about 100 people) all local,organic and from scratch: 21 lasagna, 339 grass-fed beef meatballs, sauce, salads, fruit and veggies from the farmer's market, and wonderful desserts. It was a lot of work, but everyone said it was fun meeting the actual farmers who grew the tomatoes, socializing with friends as we made sauce and pasta and prepared the trays, and getting to know the people at the organic bakery who baked the bread that morning. Everyone said it was the best food they'd ever tasted!
My cooking tragedies
When we were first married, I was cooking a relatively expensive piece of meat in the broiler of our 1937 stove. I asked my husband, "Are there supposed to be flames coming out of the broiler?" I was about to douse it with baking soda when he yelled, "No, don't ruin the meat!" and proceeded to put out the fire with a towel.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Nutty Apple Crisp
Picked apples from the two apple trees in my backyard. Not sure what variety (resembled red delicious), but they made 4 apple crisps. Used an apple/potato corer/peeler. They were sweet enough that I halved the brown sugar to 1/2 c, doubled the oats to 1 c, and adjusted the spices to 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cloves. Also filled the pans generously, leaving enough room for the topping, and served with vanilla ice cream.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2014
Taco Seasoning I
Put 1/2 small chopped onion & 2 cloves minced garlic; omitted salt; used all spices. Added tomato puree to desired thickness. A low salt alternative that ist very tasty & just what I was looking for!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2013
Healthier Apple Crisp II
Smells delicious, like apple pie! Made 2 pans for healthy potlucks @ husband's & my work. Used 10 large honeycrisp apples, 5. lbs, from local farmer, for each 9 x 13 recipe. It will fill the pan (with a rounded top like a cake), so press the topping on with a large spoon and put the pan on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Followed others' suggestions & added some of my own. Use apple corer/peeler, all brown sugar, all whole wheat fllour, old fashioned oats, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cloves, & 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Stir 2 tsp. vanilla extract into melted butter. Wondered whether initial sugar/flour/water mixture would blend in better if it were stirred into apples rather than sprinkled on top. Next time (and there definitely will be a next time!) I would either omit water or add cornstarch or tapioca to water, since it was rather watery. Apples did not get mushy. Tasted great & husband's co-workers ate the entire pan! We were very busy & only had time for 1/2 a pan! It's a keeper!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2013

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