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Living In: West Orange, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Christmas cookies
Grand Marnier crepes cake
Fruit cake
Venetian layer cake
Christmas cookies
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Christmas cookies like my grandma's vanilkiepferls, inspired by her German roots, Venetian layered cake, raspberry linzers My mom's salad boeuf( it's actually a delicious chicken salad with a twist that I make for Christmas) Chicken soup with farina dumplings Baked pork chops with baked potatoe covere with caramelized onions and garlic with a side of roasted asparagus and garlic(yes, garlic is an essential ingredient in my dishes, it makes everything taste better) Bruschetta
My favorite family cooking traditions
Stuffed cabbage with sour cream and polenta: the filling is a delicious mix of ground beef & pork with spices and the cabbage is pickled
My cooking triumphs
Definitely christmas cookies : they come out so pretty and they're delicious! Red velvet cake
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Apple Squares
Made it tonight for a Thanksgiving party. Really tasty! I love apples and this reminded me of a very similar recipe that my mom used to make. I doubled the recipe like most of the other reviewers, cut the sugar in half, used 4 gala apples, shredded instead of chopped(will increase to 5 next time) and I squeezed most of the juice out, also ground walnuts ,used baking soda instead of baking powder(always works better for me). Baked in a 9x13 dish and it came out very fluffy and not too sweet, more like apple bread(I like that!) skipped the sugar on top, only used cinnamon and after cooled and cut, I sprinkled vanilla powder sugar(home made for x-mas cookies). It's the only topping fine enough to stick, as I noticed some of the comments posted that sugar was falling off. Will make again:)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2013
Tiramisu Cheesecake
My first attempt to cheesecake. I chose it because my son loves tiramisu and my husband loves cheesecake. So I thought : what a perfect combo! The flavor was great, but waaay too sweet! Definitely cut some the sugar and leave out the mascarpone, even though it gave it smoother texture, it took away from the tangy flavor that I was expecting. Also the recipe doesn't call for baking the crust first, I substituted the ladyfingers with graham crackers and if you do this, I strongly suggest baking it for at least 15 min. I baked it for only 7 min, it really needed twice that. I also left out the flour as one reviewer recommended. I'll add it next time to give it more caky consistency. I served it with fresh mango and blackberries to cut the sweetness, still not enough. Could only have a thin sliver. All in all I think it's a good recipe,except for the sweetness.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 11, 2012
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