Melissa Profile - (18938843)

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Home Town: San Pedro, California, USA
Living In: Eureka, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids
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About this Cook
I'm a 22 year old Child Development major living in beautiful Northern California. I was raised in a very Italian family. The majority of my special memories happened around the dinner table. I live with my loving boyfriend and our two cats, Jet and Lola. I love baking and cooking, and make dinner almost every night. I enjoy having music on when I cook, and reading cookbooks in my free time.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake...including my famous peanut butter cookies (my own recipe). I make a mean creme brulee as well as brownies. I love to cook Italian, Mexican, and anything with curry. Due to a college student budget, fish and steak are a bit too much for us. I generally cook pork, chicken, turkey, and lots and lots of pasta. I also enjoy cooking Italian cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Definitely Christmas Eve dinner. We have a crab sauce with our spaghetti. That sauce has been in the family for generations. We also have shrimp, clams, oysters, crab (a few different varities) and my grandma's escarole recipe. I also enjoy cooking a big breakfast on Sunday...a nice way to end the week and a few extra hours in the pajamas.
My cooking triumphs
I have cooked authentic pad thai a few times. The hardest part was tracking down the ingredients. I went to four different Asian markets looking for tamarind, and found it in a Mexican market...go figure! Everytime I cook my lasagna or peanut butter cookies I am filled with pride. Everyone loves them!
My cooking tragedies
Well, I once cooked chicken mole for my boyfried. I bought the glass jar of mole (I have made homemade but I was being lazy). I chipped the glass jar and unbenowest to me, some glass got into the mole. We had a crunchy dinner that night.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
American Lasagna
I really enjoy the consistency of this lasagna. It is not runny or difficult to serve. The flavor is great. I've only used ground turkey. Great for entertaining.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2006
Mexican Bean Pie
so good, so easy, and so pretty on the plate. will def. make this in the future.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2006
Aloha Chicken
Very good...served it over white rice. This dish smelled delicious as it cooked. I used boneless, skinless breasts. I used low sodium soy sauce, used fresh minced garlic, omitted the onion powder, and added crushed red peppers. Next time I'll bake it on top of green peppers and onions. Really tasty and the man liked it too.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2006

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