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Alison B

Alison B
Home Town: Hudson Valley, New York, USA
Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I grew up in upstate New York with a family of great Italian cooks. I love cooking for others, whether it be a relaxing dinner for two, or a huge holiday dinner.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking - cookies, cakes, cheesecakes. I also love making lasagna with hot Italian turkey sausage. Lately I am into salads. My favorite is my couscous spinach salad, yum. I don't eat beef or pork, so I am always looking for new ways to prepare poultry and seafood dishes. I love foods with Italian or Asian influences.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Christmas cookies with mom and grandma. My uncle's Jamaican rum cake, my aunt's cream of mushroom soup, my grandmother's rice pudding, my mother's twice baked cheddar potatoes, and her zucchini quiche.
My cooking triumphs
Two of my biggest crowd-pleasers I found on this site: Florentine Artichoke Dip, and the Kisses Peanut Butter Pie. People also love my version of the Gooey Butter Bars - I use a pound cake mix, not a yellow cake mix.
My cooking tragedies
I once dumped an entire container of dill into the potato salad I was preparing - I thought it had the shaker kind of top... oops!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Coconut Macaroons
Great, moist macaroon. Turned out much better than the "Farm Macaroon" recipe on this site (though I like that one too). Only thing I would change next time is cut or omit the almond extract. It really seems to overpower the coconut flavor.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2007
Cocoa Rum Balls
These did not wow me. I followed suggestions and finely ground the wafers and nuts (I used hazelnuts) in the food processor. I didn't care for the resulting texture of the cookie. I may try again using coarser pieces of nuts/wafers so the end product has more "bite". The rum flavor seemed just right after about 4 days.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2007
Snow Flakes
Perfect texture for spritz. I will make this my standard cookie press recipe for the holidays. Next time I will use less cinnamon and more orange zest.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2007

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