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Home Town: Outside Buffalo, New York, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am married with two kids. I am from Western New York, spent 10 years living in Louisiana where I learned to cook authentic cajun meals(which is more than simply adding cayenne to a food) and am now living in Illinois, where red meat is king.
My favorite things to cook
I love to attempt gourmet things. However, money & availability of ingredients often get in the way, although I find myself perusing unique and out of the way grocery stores more and more. My two new favorite places to be are Mexican and Asian groceries. Sometimes I will buy something that I have no idea what it is or how to cook it, just to try it out... and to see the look on my kids' faces when I serve it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Almost every year, my family & I bake 500-1000 Christmas cookies to give away as gifts. Is that tradition or torture?
My cooking triumphs
My biggest cooking triumph has been mastering seafood gumbo. Being from Western New York in a predominantly Polish background, cajun cooking was completely foreign to me. When I moved down to Louisiana, my mother-in-law took me under her wing and taught me everything I needed to know. One year for a Christmas party, I served my gumbo and heard, "This is better than mine!" from authentic cajuns!! And that is HUGE!
My cooking tragedies
Cinnamon rolls are my nemesis. I can follow a recipe just as well as anyone else, but for some reason, my cinnamon rolls never rise properly. Never. Ever. I have attempted them 10+ times now. And every single time I end up with cinnamon & raisin tasting driveway gravel.
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Pesto Chicken Florentine
WOnderful! I made my own alfredo sauce simply because it is so easy to do. Be advised that pesto can be very strong tasting and a little often goes a long way. I usually add half the amount called for (in any recipe) and then increase bit by bit until it fits our tastes.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 24, 2011
Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
Quinoa is an excellent idea to use as a binding in meatloaf! Adds a great texture!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 24, 2011
Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
Nice basic recipe. Not a whole lot of flavor though. We had to doctor it with more salt, red pepper and garlic powder. I would recommend cooking the orzo in chicken stock. I also added tomatoes.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2011

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