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Home Town: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Living In: Orlando, Florida, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I LOVE TO COOK! :) I hate to shop unless we're talking about hitting the market, then watch out! I can literally spend an hour or more in the supermarket and I'm in heaven when I do. My pantry is full of ingredients more than food because I bore easily and love trying new things. My family members are my greatest guinea pigs, are super open-minded and adventurous and more often than not flip for everything I make. I come from great stock. My mom's an AWESOME cook! I'm true to my Puerto Rican roots, but love to cook all types of cuisines.
My favorite things to cook
CHEESE, CHEESE and MORE CHEESE! :) If I could put it in my coffee I'd be a happy camper! I grow my own herbs and vegetables hydroponically, so I'm always trying new and exotic combinations to wow friends and family alike.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Latin, Asian and Italian top the charts for me, though I love to try unique recipes of my own that don't necessarily correspond to any particular style or genre. I guess they're "Cindy-isms." :)
My cooking triumphs
Too many to list. I make an awesome pot roast, LOVE my slow cooker, am a master on the grill, my tuna casserole is to die for (did I mention cheese?), I make a cheesecake that Junior's in Brooklyn would cry over, and excel in all languages Quiche :)
My cooking tragedies
I once made a batch of chocolate chip cookies that I added WAY too much baking powder to, and they came out like petrified rocks. It was as though I was preserving them for future generations to visit at the cookie museum. Saved for all time. Sad!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Cola Pork Chops
Excellent recipe. I had everything on hand and threw it together in no time. I made a rub of 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion powder and 1/8 tsp. of sage for the chops, dredged them in flour seasoned with salt and pepper, browned them lightly in olive oil before baking for 40 minutes. With two big men in the house those chops never had a chance. Thanks for a great tasting recipe :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2009
Whole Egg Mayonnaise
I absolutely love this recipe! I had never made my own mayonnaise before and felt like I'd discovered America when we tasted it and how fantastic it was. Like Cheri, I poked a hole in a plastic cup and let the oil drip in slowly as I blended it. Whipped right up with no problems. I also use Canola oil. Haven't bought a jar of mayonnaise since. I want to try it with flavored vinegar for steak sandwiches, fish, etc. I also grow my own herbs so I'm looking forward to adding some fresh parsley, basil, dill ... thanks for a great post!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2008
Ground Beef Shepherd's Pie
Good base recipe though I made some modificiations, hence the 4 stars. After living in New England for 13 years where Shepherd's Pie is a staple, this dish was as at home with me as my family. Living near the beach in Florida for the past 10 years, I haven't thought about this dish in ages. I substituted 1 cup of sweet peas for the green beans (don't care for them) and 1 cup of sweet corn instead of the diced tomatoes (never had or heard of tomatoes in Shepherd's Pie), added 1 prepared cup of brown gravy mix poured over my meat and veggie mixture, mixed in 2 tablespoons of Hidden Valley ranch dry seasoning to my mashed potatoes before topping my casserole, and sprinkled a shredded cheese blend on top of the whole thing during its last 5 minutes of cooking. And in true New England fashion, I topped each serving with a dollop of butter on before digging in. Delicious! We're having it again tonight for leftovers with some homemade crescent rounds sprinkled with garlic and parmesan, and I look forward to enjoying more of it for lunch during the week. Next time I'll top it with either homemade garlic or cheddar potatoes. Thanks for reminding me how great this recipe is. This has to run a best close second to mac & cheese for comfort food :)

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2007
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