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Home Town: Rochester, New York, USA
Living In: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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cinnamon roll
Whole Wheat Honey Bread
cinnamon bread I
basic mashed potatoes
About this Cook
I am a stay at home mom of three kids. My husband's in the army and travel's alot. We,ve lived in Hawaii for three years and plan on staying at least another three more. I found a new passion for cooking when he got deployed for a year(from April 04' to April 05').I guess it kept me busy while he was gone but I found myself really enjoying cooking and having my best friend and kids be my guniea pigs. I enjoy pilates, yoga and kickboxing on my spare time as well as venturing off with my family on the weekends.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything from Italian to Soul food. Ever since I had my last child(18months) I'm a little health conscious with food,but don't deprive myself. I can't say I have a particular favorite food because I make so many different things. My husband and I grill at least 3 times a week and I'd say our specialty is steak and pork chops due to our awesome marinade we discovered from living in Hawaii. I also enjoy making Kalua pig. Lately I've been making alot of finger food from dips, to working with phyllo dough.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grilling a big dinner every Sunday.
My cooking triumphs
Making Spanikopita with phyllo dough.I've never worked with it before and it was a challenge at first, until I got the hang of it working quickly so the dough doesn't dry out. I finally got my husband eating something with spinach in it. It seemed like he couldn't get enough of it. Also, anything that I make and the kids love(since they're so damn picky), I know that a keeper.
My cooking tragedies
Cooking a large batch of stuffed mushrooms with low fat ingredients. I had to throw it out. Some things you just can't compromise with.
Recipe Reviews 103 reviews
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
I haven't wrote a review in years, but this exceptional. I made this one a couple of years ago, and it's still the best, but I just did things a little differently. My husband grabbed pre-made graham cracker crust instead of the boxed kind and it still came out great. Matter of fact, the filling was enough for two pre-made graham cracker crusts. Definetly use the water bath concept and make sure eggs and cream cheese are room temperature; my cheesecake has never cracked.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2009
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
These were really,really good. Great pairing it with grilled onion. I usually don't cook with this type of mushroom, so I didn't remove the gills inside(big mistake). It looked like black ink running off the shroom. So my tip would be, don't forget to scrape the gills off.

32 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2007
Best Brownies
Wow! I've been using the deep dish brownie recipe from this site for about a year now on the regular, but THIS recipe really is the best. Doesn't even need any kind of frosting. If you're looking for a cake-like brownie, stay away from this. It's not cakey,or really chewy, but it's pretty good. If you're trying to impress someone, try this is the recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2007

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