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Living In: Long Beach, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Pasta dishes, Beef Bourguignon, Chili, Veal Parmisan, Chicken and Dumplings, Roasted Fish and Meatballs
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve - seafood, Christmas Night - fondue, Grandma Bertha's Applesauce Cake, Twice Baked Potatoes
My cooking triumphs
Successfully cooked for 18 people as a silent auction item, which sold for $2,500.00. My brother put together a Wine-Taste/Tuscan Feast dinner and roped me into doing the "Feast" portion. It was my first time cooking for "paying clients" and I was a nervous wreck. Afterwards, people wanted my catering card! (I work in banking) Took 1st place in a local chili cook-off. The thrill of getting that trophy (only about 8" tall) was enough to get me hooked!
My cooking tragedies
I have burnt dozens of loaves of garlic bread! Not very good with desserts. Just don't have a baker's touch. (Probably because I am not a fan of sweets - but give me salt any day!) I found out that Eggs Rolls CANNOT be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator (the wrappers stick together and make a gluey mess). I made them for a party and ended up tossing them in the trash. If you make them ahead, you need to freeze them to keep them separated. Then they fry up beautifully!
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing
Excellent dressing. I used it to dress a Greek Pasta Salad. I wanted a creamy dressing for the Pasta, so I added sour cream. I was catering a "green room" for a band and those hungry rock and rollers devoured the salad. Thanks, Danielle!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2012
Sauerkraut Balls
Outstanding! I skipped the batter as one reviewer suggested and did a traditional flour coating, egg dip, and toss in Panko crumbs. Served them at a ladies Book Club and everyone gave a big thumbs up! A bit labor intensive, but I made a batch and froze them ahead of time and that did the trick to save last minute prep. Oh, and I also served them with a side of Thousand Island dressing as one reviewer suggested - super yummy! Being a CA native, I had never heard of anything like these (nor my friends or family) and so now I am a big hit with the party crowd! It's my understanding that these are common in Ohio - so Hail to the Midwest for another crowd pleaser!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 20, 2012
Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken
Very easy slow cooker recipe. I agree with everyone who has previously said this can turn out a tad salty. It also is a very thick, dense sauce. After it was done, I added water until it reached the consistency I wanted, which also helped reduce the saltiness. So play with it to get what you want. I enjoyed the suggestion to add broccoli - it needs something green to off-set the "whiteness" of the dish. This is definitely something you would want to serve "over" a bed of pasta, rice, vegetables, etc. It reminds me of a very fancy Cream of Chicken soup. My BF loves this all by itself, but then - he's easy to please! Good recipe and I'll keep it as a great "go-to" meal when I don't have the time to do anything more complicated. Thanks CHEFCATHY!

89 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2011
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