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Home Town: Jardines Del Caribe, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Living In: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Oct. 31, 2012 10:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 7:54 pm
I sure love sweets and I won't say no to almost any candy out there! However, as a cook and foodie, I like to take a different approach to Halloween (and other Holidays as well). Yes, the typical store bought candy is good but it's expected and your guests have had it all before. Guaranteed.… MORE
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About this Cook
Hola!! I'm a 36 years old Nuclear Medicine Technologist, mom to the smartest and handsomest 16 year old boy (I love you Dan!) and wife to a retired military man. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but the military brought me to Ft.Bragg, NC where I lived for 13 years. After my husband retired we moved to St. Louis, MO (in August 2009). I'm currently job hunting. I've met some great people in the area but I still miss my family in PR and my friends in NC. Planning meals, cooking and baking take a big chunk of my day and make it more bearable.
My favorite things to cook
A challenge! That's my favorite thing to cook. Making my own versions of popular restaurant foods, making international dishes, making food look pretty and yummilicious... I just LOVE to cook! :o)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Being from Puerto Rico, it would be a sin not to mention Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas), Pernil Asado (Roasted Pork), Tostones (Fried Plantains), and Pasteles (hmm...pasteles is kinda like a Puertorican tamale, made with green bananas or yuca root - or even a variation of roots). I do love Bistec Encebollado though and I think my mom makes the best in the world!! I did find a pretty good recipe for this dish at
My cooking triumphs
A triumph for me consists of my husband, or my son, or anyone to tell me that they loved my dish. I love feedback in the kitchen and most of the feedback I get is very good I must say :o)
My cooking tragedies
I just got a new stove when I moved to my new house and I just can't figure out the right setting to cook pancakes!! Hahaha. I always burn one or two before I can get it right and then I FORGET what temperature setting I used!!! I can't remember anything in particular that was a huge disaster but I do mess something up every now and then. Hey, it's life!! Life's boring without mess-ups!!
Recipe Reviews 455 reviews
Ultimate Shrimp Scampi
I browned the butter (not all the way but enough to enhance both flavor and color), added all the seasonings BUT cooked the shrimp separately on a skillet with a dash of cajun seasoning. They come out more flavorful and looking a lot more appetizing. I tossed the sauce with the pasta, reserving some to top the shrimp, chopped avocado and chopped fresh tomatoes that I spooned on top. Then I added a handful of smoked mozzarella and voila!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2014
Sparky's Doggie Treats
My dog is eating these with great enthusiasm and they were easy to make. I did use bacon fat instead of oil because I don't keep oil on hand. I made tiny squares and little gingerbread man shape cookies because even thought I have over 100 cookie cutters I couldn't find any with a dog shape :-/ This recipe made over 100 treats for me.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2013
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
Very simple yet perfect. My favorite thus far.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2013
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