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ItalianSpice


ItalianSpice
 
Home Town: Dana Point, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Oct. 28, 2012 7:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:15 pm
Earlier this month, I threw a little Halloween-themed dinner party at my brother's. Even though it was just the three of us (my sister-in-law included), in my family that's still a party. We made the Creepy Mini Pizzas and I loved seeing our different styles in each… MORE
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Decorating pizzas
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Danielle cutting pepperoni
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My spider pizza!
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Danielle's Great Pumpkin Pizza!
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From The Blog:  Mangia Bene!
  
About this Cook
Hello! My name is Nikki and I am here because I love to cook! I am also an artist who's primary medium is in oils. My main focus is on figurative subjects. Reading is my passion and music is my life! Also, I have an obsession with all things coffee.
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite thing to cook is Thanksgiving dinner in it's entirety. I love a challenge and, that being said, I have recently taken up baking and it's coming along quite well. So, everything from cookies to breakfast burritos to enchiladas...I'm in! Cooking provides such a cozy and creative outlet for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The tradition is all things Italian. Like my mother and my gramma before her, we all tend to follow a recipe once and then make it our own ever after. Measuring does not really exist once we know what we're doing with a recipe. Getting to know spices and ingredients is part of the fun in combining flavors by ear later. I love that blurred line with being a creative cook.
My cooking triumphs
I did a spicy chocolate rub on a Thanksgiving turkey one year and even my Dad loved it! Another triumph was when I tried my hand at jeweled cookies for Christmas. My favorite have always been the almond sugar cookies with the jam on top and I didn't think it was possible to recreate that but it worked!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made garlic mashed potatoes. I am a lover of garlic for sure! However, I didn't understand to cook the garlic with the potatoes and added a GENEROUS portion of loosely chopped garlic...raw. I still love garlic, I'm happy to say! Another tragedy was when I was in high school. I wanted to make cheese toast. All we had was an upright toaster. I used...wait for it...shredded cheese and then I put it all in, upright, into the toaster. I knew it was wrong and that it would not end well but I was determined to defy the laws of gravity and the rules of toasting cheese on bread. The toaster suffered greatly. And now it's a popular anecdote with my family. It was worth it for the laugh!
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Although mine came out flat, they were REALLY tasty! I would use this flat version in ice cream sandwiches!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2015
Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies
Worth the time it took to make. Great flavor! I'd like to make again using cream cheese as an ingredient in the filling instead next time. YUM

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2015
Nuts for Apples Cookies
I liked these bc of the moisture to them. They weren't the most flavorful, yes, kinda bland but I liked them still. Maybe I would add more coconut or chocolate chips next time.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2014
 
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