Jill Profile - Allrecipes.com (19643546)

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Living In: Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I have a Polish/Slovak background and I love food. Pittsburgh fan all the way!
My favorite things to cook
I love easy-to-cook foods. Homemade "Black and Gold" baked beans, bruschetta, crockpot keilbasa, and pumpkin bread have become my staples over the past couple years. I'm always exploring new ways to cook traditional foods, especially new recipes for CHICKEN!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We always have our Christmas-Eve appetizer spread and our New Years Eve dinner consisting of the keilbasa/hot dogs/saurkraut/pork, and mashed potato mix. My family also makes their own saurkraut.
My cooking triumphs
After eating in a restaurant in Connecticut that served warm bruschetta, I discovered that I absolutely prefer warm oven-roasted bruschetta over the cold-serve... and my family agrees! My in-laws give me their garden-fresh peppers every time we visit in the hopes I would make them bruschetta. An accidental "overdose" of canned pumpkin in a pumpkin bread recipe has led to extremely moist and tasty bread! (My trick: when it calls for 1/2 can, use a whole can!!)
My cooking tragedies
Cheesecake... our oven is not too great so my 3 cheesecake attempts have been unsuccessful. I have over-seasoned my chili and so I'm learning that a little goes a long way with chili!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Easy Vodka Sauce
This recipe is delicious! The only thing I did differently is saute the onions AND tomatoes together in the pan first, then puree the cooked mixture in a blender to make it smooth. I like a very smooth sauce, so I wanted to make sure there weren't any chunks in it. THEN I transferred the hot mix back to a sauce pan to add the vodka and the cream. The kind of vodka you use does make a difference! Splurge and buy a really good vodka! Not saying you have to buy Grey Goose, but DO NOT buy stuff like Nikolai, Vlad, or Bankers Club for this recipe or it will turn out awful!!! (Personal preference)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2012
Betty Baker's Strawberry Salsa
I can't wait to try this!! By the way, I'm also from Indiana, PA!!!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2012
Spinach Balls
Oh these bring back memories... my grandma always made these, so they remind me of her. I love spinach balls :) They're so addicting! I think she used mozzarella cheese, can't remember.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2012

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