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Spongebob7


Spongebob7
 
Home Town: Carmel, New York, USA
Living In: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
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Elmo cake
Elmo Cake
Kalamata Olive and Garlic Bread
That's me!
First Wedding Cake (4/05)
About this Cook
I love to cook and try new recipes, but my passion is definitely baking. I love the feeling I get from trying a new, complex recipe and having it turn out delicious. I also enjoy making goodies that other people love. Friends and family know my passion and sometimes request I make the cake or dessert for special occasions. I have a cousin who makes amazing pizzas and he jokes that he and I should open up a Pizzeria/Italian bakery together. Someday...
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes for appetizers and cookies and desserts. Some of the foods that the hubby often requests and enjoys are Veggie Delight on Garlic Bread (I make it as a main course), Rae's Vegetarian Chili (from this site), Turkey Chili, Artichoke Bites (from the site), my mom's lasagna, guacamole, soft double chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip blondies. I also love to decorate cookies and cakes. Other things we like to make are stir fries, pasta, seafood, Mexican, and lots of soup, veggies and salads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve Italian style with 7 fishes - including whole stuffed lobsters, baccala, calamari, shrimp, clams on the half shell, red snapper and crabs - yum! Growing up my Mom, a wonderful cook, used to pull off this feast single-handedly. Now her grown daughters help out...I always make the baccala and loads of cookies for everybody. I hope to be as good a cook/baker as my Mom someday.
My cooking triumphs
I made my sister's wedding cake in April '05. The photo is in my gallery. It is by far my greatest triumph to date!
My cooking tragedies
One of my greatest tragedies was my first attempt at pumpkin pies. I made a mistake in doubling the recipe for two pies and they wouldn't set up. Now I stick to apple pies for Thanksgiving. There's also plenty of room for improvement with my scratch pie crusts.
Recipe Reviews 60 reviews
Kalamata Olive and Garlic Bread
This bread was so easy to make! I made it by hand because I love the process. It turned out great and was quite tasty along with our lentil soup. I added fresh rosemary to the filling and kneaded the ingredients through the bread. The filling poked out in places but looked pretty and rustic. The texture of the bread was like country white...was hoping it would be more like an Italian loaf...not sure how to achieve that texture since I'm not very experienced in bread baking. This would be a great recipe baked as foccacia too!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2008
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
This is everything a NY cheesecake should be. Tall, dense, rich, creamy. I baked mine with a pan of hot water on the shelf below the cheesecake - this step helps to enhance the creamy texture. The only change I will try next time is baking at 325 as my edges came out a little brown. This recipe is a keeper though - one that will be treasured!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2007
Pumpernickel Spinach Dip I
Great, fresh tasting recipe! I made this with about 12 oz. sour cream and used low fat cc and sour cream. One tip is to wilt the fresh spinach with a little bit of water before adding to the recipe. I find that it brings out the flavor of the spinach more. Everyone raved about how delicious and fresh tasting the dip was. I served it with a wheat beer bread.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2007
 
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