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Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I learned everything I need to know about cooking from my grandparents and my mom. A lot of the recipes we use in our family came from my grandpa and they are truly our comfort dishes. I live here in San Jose, California and have been here all my life. After years of being in the workforce, I am able to stay home with my daughter and love every minute of it.
My favorite things to cook
Italian is my favorite, along with anything Southern. My husbands favorite dishes are my fried chicken, my Carbonara, my spicy pork chops, and well....pretty much everything that I make! LOL.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have two. My grandpa would put together a huge cippino feast and everyone came. He would charge people $10 at the door! LOL. Another favorite is when we made our homemade chicken noodle soup (lovingly called "nicken and choodels") Everything is home made all the way down to the noodles. It was a big thing to help grandpa, unroll the noodles and help him lay them out to dry.
My cooking tragedies
oh wow, I have had quite a few! Too many to list Im sure. My most recent, was ruining the Thanksgiving Turkey. For some reason, in my head, all day I kept thinking the turkey came out at 160 degrees.....well it doesn't. You are supposed to bring it up to 180 degrees!! So I took it out at 160, let it rest for over a half hour....everything else was ready....everyone sitting down to eat.......I start carving the turkey......and it was still bloody in the center. WHAT A DISASTER!!! So I cut up the whole turkey, sliced all the breast meat, and threw it back in the oven to roast until done......all in made great left overs with lots of mayo....because MAN O MAN was it dry!!! HHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Garlic and Tomato Tilapia
This is a great, easy, delicious dinner. I am rating it 5 stars, however I did add some italian seasoning and some cayenne pepper to it for a little boost. But it would even be delicious just how its written. Even my picky 10 year old loved it!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2014
Ranch Dressing II
This recipe hands down is the best I have come across. My daughter raves about it. For those of you who think the mayo will be too overpowering, I found after the herbs had a chance to "marry" for a few hours it tasted much better, and the next day its even better! I like my ranch dressing a little thinner, so I added a few splashes of milk to mine. Great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2013
Thumbprint Cookies I
Absolutely Perfect. This is exactly what I wanted. Not too sweet almost like a shortbread YUM! Did it exactly like the directions told me too, only I baked them for 12 minutes after I added the jam. I used Apricot Preserves. I have also used Lemon Curd which is Heavenly!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2009

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