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Just me.
About this Cook
My father was the cook in my Italian family and he never wrote a recipe down or used any measuring devices when cooking. Imagine my horror when I asked for the recipes and he told me he didn't have any. He did everything from memory. I used to watch him cook and try to convert his handful of this, a couple of splashs of that, into measureable units but never could. I learned by trial and error and I cook the same way now making all those favorites of yesteryear that I grew up with which have become the staples in my family. Thankfully, I inherited my Aunts recipe box, which held all of the special Italian pastries that my father made, still laughing at those recipes that say "as much flour as needed". I still, to this day, carry on the tradition of my grandmothers/fathers cooking and baking. I love trying new recipes but I always will have my favorites. I have engaged my young son in sharing the kitchen with me and he now shares his love of cooking, as I did with my father.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake and make candies. That has to be my favorite thing to do. I am famous for my Coconut Cream Easter Eggs and they are requested throughout the year but I refuse to make them at any other time, in spite of the begging. (I've been told that mine are better than Zitner's...LOL) So, come spring, I find myself making hundreds of them for family and friends.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My 7 fish Italian Christmas Eve Dinner. My father always hosted the 24th with our family and I have definitely carried on that tradition. Over the years, the family has grown, so just the immediate family comes over for Christmas Eve now. For the past 5 years we started a new one. On Christmas Day, 30 plus are in attendance for a fantastic homemade breakfast buffet, hosted by my younger brother who lives next door to me, to all other family members and you must come wearing Christmas Pajamas. We always do a toast to all our relatives that have passed and thank them for watching over us and allowing us to remain such a close family. Baking.... Christmas time is Pizzelles, Zeppoli's, Biscotti's and loads of cookies. Easter....Italian cheese cake, Easter Bread, Ham Pies and Coconut Cream Easter Egg.
My cooking triumphs
The day that I finally was able to reproduce my fathers meatballs and gravy(spaghetti sauce}.
My cooking tragedies
It took me 7 months after my father passed away to reproduce his meatballs. Since he always made them for me, I never bothered to make them. They were good, don't get me wrong, but I wanted them just like my dad's. Finally....I got it.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Cannoli Dip
Easy to make and a serious crowd pleaser. I use fat free cheeses and its delicious. No one knows the difference.

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Reviewed On: May 16, 2014
Grandmother's Pound Cake II
OMG! Light, fluffy and delicious. I added a tablespoon of vanilla and made a loaf and 6 mini bundts. Definitely a keeper and going to try different flavors i.e. lemon, orange, etc.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2014
Butternut Squash Soup
This is the 3rd time I'm making this and I have to double the batch because my sons friends love this. I also cut the squash in half and roast it for about a half an hour and I substitute butter as I dislike margarine. The squash is so much easier to cut and definitely more flavorful. I added a little more cayenne as well. De-Lish!!!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2011

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