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'Lil T

'Lil T
Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy experimenting when I cook. I like to just add whatever I have on hand and make it work. I love foreign and spicy foods, and Indian or Middle Eastern is the cuisine I most like to eat and cook. My food needs to be interesting as well as delicious, so putting a new twist on a common dish is also fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Italian mother taught me to cook. We used to blanch our own tomatoes and grind them by hand to make sauce. Sunday night is always Italian night with homemade sauce and meatballs. It never gets old. We also make Christmas cookies with an old cookie press (still have it!) and they always turn out amazing every Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph every time I cook something new and people enjoy it. Most of the time I'm still somewhat surprised when I make something that everyone likes.
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I lived in my apartment, I let a pot of sauce simmer down too low and splattered sauce ALL OVER the kitchen. Stove, floor, walls, even the ceiling. It was actually hilarious. Clean up was ridiculous, but still good for a laugh.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata
This is pretty fantastic! I made the recipe as close to stated as possible, with the exception of using a lot less oil (I eyeballed it, as we make chicken cutlets quite often), used only 1 egg (with 1 Tbsp of milk, because that's what my mom taught me) and I used Italian Style bread crumbs because that is what we always have, which just streamlined prep. I added red wine to the sauce as my own spin (again eyeballed it...maybe 1/8 of a cup?)...and had to cut some canned whole plum tomatoes because I didn't have diced. I prefer plum tomatoes for my sauces anyway. :) 1 Tbsp of dried basil because I don't have fresh and that was that. Hubby pronounced it fantastic also, but gave up after 3/4 of his plate was gone because it was a little too spicy for him. Next time I'll use half a tsp. 1 tsp was plenty for me and I'm sure my mom and dad would have LOVED it. Will definitely make again and this time let mom and dad have some. ;)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2013
Snickerdoodles I
My sister's favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle. She was coming to visit last Friday from NH, for Christmas. I made these because I knew she liked them. First time ever making snickerdoodles, and since I harbor a severe dislike for shortening, I wasn't convinced these could possibly taste good. Boy, was I ever WRONG! These were fan--tastic! Easy to make, easy to bake, and easy to pop in your mouth! We had a 3 year old and a 6 year old in the house also, and they announced that the "cinnamon ones" were the best! After two days, we had just two or three cookies left. I followed the recipe as written...and this one is absolutely a keeper!! Fat, cracked, and puffy out of the oven, they cooled and flattened out, but remained chewy inside while the edges were slightly crispy. I cooked them 10 minutes. These changed me... I'm a converted snickerdoodle lover for life!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2012
Mom's Peanut Brittle
I am not a fan of peanut brittle. My 83 year old boss is a fiend for it and once threw out a whole box because it didn't taste right. So, for Christmas this year, I decided to make this recipe for him. First time EVER making peanut brittle OR anything candy-like. I bought a candy thermometer and cooked it to 300° like the instructions on the package said. I shelled roasted peanuts (1 cup shelled) because I couldn't find Spanish peanuts. Everything else I did as instructed (though perhaps used too much butter when buttering my cookie sheet...). The brittle was perfect! Even I liked it! The cooking went smoothly, except when the thermometer fell into the pan, and my boss was very happy with his gift! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2012

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