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Beautiful One70

Beautiful One70
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Living In: New Rochelle, New York, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Well I have been in the kitchen from the tender age of 4. Watching and helping my mother and grandmother cook. I made my first full meal at the age of 8. Just spaghetti & meatballs with my mother's recipe for homemade sauce, fresh homemade bread and a salad. A very basic meal but I was very proud and my family was impressed. Of course my mother was in the kitchen with me to supervise so I would not hurt myself but for the most part - I did all the work. As the years rolled on - my cooking skills have vastly improved. I can basically make almost anything and I love to try making new things.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook - that is kinda hard but I would have to say Soul Food. We have a lot of family recipes and traditions that have been handed down through the generations. I also love to cook Italian Cuisine, Spanish Cuisine and seafood.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well - as my mother is getting on in years - she avoids the kitchen at all costs having always cooked for years for all of us (My father & sisters). I have taken on the task of cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. It is a very basic meal but a lot of work. I prepare all side dishes and of course the guest of honor. My friends and other family members bring dessert. I really don't mind it though - I really do love to cook! Oh and Sunday Dinner (you never know what I will whip up !)
My cooking triumphs
Well everybody always raves about my Macaroni and Cheese (something so simple to make) I have given the recipe to friends and they always tell me "Dee - I just can't get it to taste like yours!" Also - I love to make hors d'oeuvres. Favorite one requested over and over again are my mushroom turnovers (dubbed by family and friends - the "mushroom thingys")I love them too - but since I make the dough from scratch it is a little time consuming and if I am going to make them - I usually prepare the dough 1 day in advance - from there it is easy street.
My cooking tragedies
Well I attempted to make a sweet potato casserole using a sugar substitute. Let me tell you - I was not pleased with the taste and had to scrap the whole thing - Unfortunately I had guests arriving for Sunday Dinner in 2 hours - so I ran to the store - got canned sweet potatoes and doctored them up. One of my closest friends pulled me to the side after dinner and said "Dee those are not your sweet potatoes" So I fessed up and told them of my mishap with the casserole I was planning to serve.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Yummy Cheese Ball
Kelli - thanks for a wonderful recipe. This went over very big at my dinner party last night. I did make a few twists on it to make it my own. Very finely chopped scallions and fresh chives. I also added in about 1/2 cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese and I put my pecans in my food processor to make them smaller. When I rolled my perfectly round cheese ball in the crushed pecans it really looked fabulous. I topped the ball with remaining scallions. Oh good tip for any of you that have G. Foreman Grills - cooks your bacon in half the time and drains off alot of the fat & grease. To crumble your bacon nicely, break it up and put it in a zip lock bag and crush up with a rolling pin.

114 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2006
Simple Syrup
Simple and easy! I use this in a lot of my cocktails that I make when entertaining. Keeps really well in the fridge too.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2006
Linguine with White Clam Sauce II
Very easy to make and delicious. Just to take the bite out of the clam (which can be a little fishy) I squeezed 1/2 of a lemon into the sauce after letting it simmer for 10 minutes. I actually made this 3 times already and I have gotten raves. A good recipe to have when you want to make a quick, light dinner.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2006

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