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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I always wanted to cook but never had the time. When I went back to college, I decided good food would be the one luxury I afford myself. Now I love to play and invent in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make dishes with a wide variety of flavors in them so that every bite can be different. Big salads, healthy casseroles, soups, burritos, and stir frys are my favorites.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's family is from Italy -- the women on that side know how to make gnocchi and biscotti from scratch. It's something I haven't mastered yet, but I'm happy to be in a family where I have the opportunity to learn.
My cooking triumphs
With everybody cranky from moving all day on an 85 degree July afternoon, nobody could agree on what to eat. I took matters into my own hands and made a giant crab louie salad with scratch dressing -- I cheered up the whole crew.
My cooking tragedies
I was making a chinese chicken salad for dinner and was toasting almonds with the oven broiler. I stupidly forgot to crack the oven door and the almonds burst into flame!! I didn't have any baking soda or a fire extinguisher so in a panic I called the fire department. By the time they'd arrived the fire had burned itself out, but one of the firefighters was a loyal customer of mine! It was embarrassing, but we had a good laugh.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Fresh Pumpkin Pie
This was so delicious! Everyone loved it at Thanksgiving and said it tasted like real pumpkin. A couple of notes: I upped the spices. I used 1 t cinnamon, 1 t nutmeg, and 1 t fresh grated ginger. I also shorted the honey a little and added a couple T real maple syrup and a splash of black molasses. I followed the recipe exactly otherwise, and yielded enough to make an 11-inch pie. Also, I followed the advice in WILSONWIFE's review (thank you!) and roasted the pumpkin whole the night before. It was so easy to work with and cooked perfectly!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2013
Aunt Norma's Rhubarb Muffins
This was my first time making muffins. Great recipe! I couldn't find rhubarb so I used cut strawberries instead. I added 1/2 cup of oats to soak up the extra juiciness, and it worked out perfectly! I also threw a little ginger and cinnamon into the batter and used the same spices and some more chopped walnuts instead of sugar on the topping. With the strawberries, it was sweet enough.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 22, 2013
Three Animal Italian Meatballs
This was a great basis for the meatballs I was hoping to make. I added 3 cloves of garlic and some shallots, italian parsley, oregano (all minced) along with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. I also omitted the oats and substituted with 1/4 cup more bread crumbs and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. The texture was awesome, and the flavors came out just the way I'd hoped.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2009
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