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Chicago, Illinois
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February 25, 2012
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January 31, 2014
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My Greatest Cooking TriumphMy great grandfather from Italy set a tradition of consuming meat calzone at midnight on Christmas Eve. This is a very time-consuming recipe, and if the dough is not rolled out thin enough, you get a very carb-heavy slice! After 6 years of attempts, I finally have the recipe down to a science. I never met my great grandfather Sebastian, but I know he would be proud of me!
My Biggest Kitchen DisasterThe first time I cooked dinner for my husband (he was my boyfriend then), I decided to get fancy and do burgers topped with a portabella mushroom. I did not realize that the variety I chose oozed purple juices. Poor John ended up running into the bathroom after one bite. This taught me to ask before making new foods-I did not know he had a strong dislike for that type of mushroom!
My Food For ThoughtMy motto is never be afraid to alter a recipe. I know so many people who ask for my advice when preparing meals, and when I tell them to change something, they look at me with fear. Of course, you wouldn't want to experiment right before you have company coming over, but creativity in the kitchen usually leads to new and exciting flavor combinations.
My InterestsBesides cooking, I enjoy crafting; cards, Christmas ornaments, and scrapbooking are some of my favorite hobbies. I hope to have a small bakery or small food-related business in the future that also features homemade crafts!