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Donna Graffagnino

Donna Graffagnino
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
From New Orleans, Married 28+ years, currently live on Dabloon Bayou. Love my husband, animals and family. Passions - cooking, fishing, riding my Harley, boating, gardening, fishing (oh, said that already)...
My favorite things to cook
New Orleans Creole & Cajun dishes including anything with Crawfish, Shrimp, Crab, Fish, Rabbit & Alligator; Gumbos, Italian; home grown vegetables; down home southern comfort foods like soups, stews, and casseroles; home canning and preserving
My favorite family cooking traditions
New Years Day Party - Of course, Cabbage for Money, Black Eyed Peas for Health, and Pork for Luck. These are the staples along with tons of other pork, beef & seafood appetizers and dishes for a day of watching Bowl Games and eating. Easter always brings the traditional Ham with all of the family favorites like candied yams, creamy peas, mac & cheese, eggplant casserole, cheesy corn & rice, homemade breads and deserts. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are always special in our family and our traditional meals are usually the same thing - Turkey, Roast or Ham, Mac & Cheese, Rice & Turkey Gravy, Corn Bread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Crawfish Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry sauce, homemade breads & deserts, not to mention all of the appetizers.
My cooking triumphs
Chili cook-off winner, catering large Christmas parties for area businesses, and my family and friends appreciation of my cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list, but I always try to learn from my mistakes! My worst is forgetting about the bread in the oven and letting it burn!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Broccoli Cheese Soup V
This recipe is perfect exactly the way it's written, though I do prefer to finely chop my onions. If I don't have enough Velveeta I'll use a good quality shredded cheddar cheese to make up the difference. Of course always taste and season to your preference. Another great alternative is to use Swiss cheese instead of the Velveeta for Broccoli Swiss Soup - Absolutely Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2015
Brie Cheese Appetizer
I have made this recipe with the fruit preserves in the center and it's fantastic. But when I'm in the mood for savory I brush the inside of the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated garlic (instant garlic bread) then put Zesty Red Onion Preserves (Ball's Blue Book) in the center. Talk about wonderful! There is just enough sweetness in the preserves yet it's still considered savory. Serve with garlic crostini. Let it cool down a bit before cutting so it doesn't run out all over your platter.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2014
Recipe is great for the most part, but to be truly authentic 'Pastalaya' as it's called in Louisiana, firm short pasta should be used because long spaghetti, linguini, fettuccini noodles will break up and get kind of mushy. Also, Kebalsa and Cajun just don't do together Shaa, so please use Andouille or a good smoked sausage and you'll have yourself a delicious, authentic Cajun Pastalaya that everyone will love. My pasta preference is Penne or Ziti, but Rotini and Bowtie is also good. Cest bon!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2014

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