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Home Town: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a Mac nerd living in Chicago. I love baking, movies, music, reading, my iPad, and blogging at my site,
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food and desserts. I love making memorable meals and eye and taste-pleasing desserts that friends ask for the recipe when they taste them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas dinners - the whole family pitches in to make dinner on Christmas day. We always have fun preparing it. Nothing too fancy, but always delicious and a fun day had by all. I also enjoy making lots of different cookies and treats for Christmas and giving them to friends and family to enjoy.
My cooking triumphs
An Italian ricotta cheesecake with a really subtle citrus that was so light and delicious...but it literally took me nine hours to complete. With so many steps, it was a challenge but it was (almost) worth the pain of creating it. We'd tasted this amazing cheesecake at an authentic Italian restaurant in Chicago and it took forever to find a recipe that rivaled it. A fantastic cheesecake that I may have to make again now that I'm thinking about it...
My cooking tragedies
My most famous cooking tragedy is a pan of brownies. I was trying an "as seen on tv" contraption that looks a bit like an ice cube tray, that promises to make the perfect brownie. My recipe decided to crawl out of the pan and ooze everywhere. It was a lot of fun cleaning that up, and it reminded me that good cooking/baking doesn't require any gimmicks!
Recipe Reviews 155 reviews
Mezzi Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs, Rosemary, Lemon Zest and Roasted Garlic Sauce
I really liked this one. I cheated a little and used frozen pre-cooked breaded chicken but it allowed me to go from rolling boil to table in about 15 minutes. Nice flavors, quick meal; what's not to like?

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 29, 2014
Baked Ziti with Cheese
I like this one. It's simple to make, it has a nice flavor and it's cheese and pasta; what's not to like? I added a little more salt to bring up the flavor of the cheese and I left out the nutmeg just for preference.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2014
Donna's Spanish Bars
These are good - the texture is sort of between a bar cookie and cake. They're a bit heavy on clove for my taste. I think next time around I'd probably cut the clove in half and maybe add a vanilla/powdered sugar drizzle instead of the granulated sugar. Possibly a thin cream cheese frosting. But as they are I can see how they'd be a great one for gifting - they would travel well in a tin.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2014
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