• Joined October, 2010
  • Intermediate Home Cook
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Like many women who love to cook and bake, I've been taught, guided, and inspired by the women who have come before me, namely my mother and grandmother. Of all their lessons, what really sticks with me, each and every time I step into the kitchen, are two major things that I apparently learned by assimilation as they were never stated. The first is that you need to have confidence in what you’re doing. If you're constantly second guessing, you'll be too nervous to really let go and allow your taste buds take over, and that lack of confidence will show in the dish. And the second? Make it with love. Everything tastes better when you put your passion, your emotions, your love into whatever you’re making, and this transcends food. No matter what you’re doing, if you do it with enthusiasm, it'll come out better. I am so thankful for the lessons I learned in the kitchen from my mother and grandmother as they have most certainly made me the cook and baker I am today--not the best, not the worst, but definitely someone with a sense of confidence, adventure, and joy in my favorite room of the house.

My Most Recent Ratings

Citrus Ricotta Cookies

Citrus Ricotta Cookies

Wonderful cookies! I double the recipe because they disappear fast. — ellie36 1/29/2012
Maybe-the-Best Yeast Rolls

Maybe-the-Best Yeast Rolls

Our family loves this roll recipe. I have made them many many times and they always come out perfect. — sgrishka 1/29/2012
Greek Honey Puffs - Loukoumades

Greek Honey Puffs - Loukoumades

So yummy! Will be making them again. — sgrishka 1/29/2012
Praline-pumpkin Torte

Praline-pumpkin Torte

Amazing! I made this torte for Thanksgiving and it was so much better than pumpkin pie! Everyone loved it. Next time I would (and I recommend) not let the cakes cool more than two minutes in the pan, as the praline pecans may stick to the pan rather than the cake. I would also add a little cream cheese to the whipped cream topping to make it a little more dense and less likely to squirt out the edge of the torte when you cut into it. — CookingPassion 12/12/2011
Choc Choc Cherry Chip Cake

Choc Choc Cherry Chip Cake

This boxed mix cake was so simple and yet...so delicious! — webtexan 12/12/2011
Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Very easy...and more important...delicious! — sgrishka 12/12/2011
Mile-High Turtle Pie

Mile-High Turtle Pie

Super easy to make and absolutely delicious. My family loved this pie. Especially the kids! My husband has asked for this pie again and again since I first made it and even called his mom to tell her about it. — Sherri 11/13/2011
Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Terrific recipe! I followed it with no substitutions and the results were wonderful. The kids and husband devoured it. — allcupcakedout 11/13/2011
Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

With its long list of ingredients, I was skeptical of this recipe at first. My fears were unfounded. This is a great chocolate lovers cake and it was super easy to make.The cake turned out very nice and soft and was soooo chocolateee. The only problem I had with the recipe was the Dutch-processed cocoa. I can't tell you how many stores had to searched before I found it. I will make this cake every time I can find an excuse or occasion! — sgrishka 11/13/2011
Polish Honey Cake

Polish Honey Cake

I have made this cake several times. It is a delicious recipe that everyone loves! This time I made two cakes for a Ladies Auxiliary Brunch and served them with Grand Marnier Macerated Strawberries and Honey Whipped Cream. It was Fantastic! — sgrishka 5/8/2011
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The kids and I love this recipe. The cookies are simple to make and so amazingly good--a true chocolate lovers cookie. I will be making these cookies often. — sgrishka 5/7/2011
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This was wonderful. I followed the recipe and the cookies came out perfectly. — sgrishka 5/7/2011
Bread Cones

Bread Cones

This was simply wonderful!! I made these bread cones and used both chicken salad and lobster salad as fillings to create an elegant entree for a luncheon. The recipe is fairly easy but does take some time. However, for a special occasion these bread cones were well worth the effort. Thanks for the great recipe! — ellie36 4/24/2011
Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake

Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake

Very sweet but a GREAT coffee cake I must say!!! It smelled sooo good that I couldn't wait for it to cool--and it tasted even better! — webtexan 4/24/2011
Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Marvelous dessert! It was super easy to make and oh so yummy! It disappeared so quickly and my children were fighting over the last piece. — sgrishka 4/24/2011
Chocolate Pecan Torte

Chocolate Pecan Torte

Fantastic!!! Loved it. — sgrishka 4/24/2011
Filet Mignon Medallions (Beef Tenderloin)

Filet Mignon Medallions (Beef Tenderloin)

My family absolutely LOVED this fabulous recipe! This steak was the hit of our Valentine's Day dinner. It was easy to make and super delicious! — stevemur 2/15/2011
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

A really good, really easy, basic recipe. Instead of canned, I used homemade cream of chicken soup. I also added a couple small cloves of garlic, some cilantro leaves along with salt, pepper, Mexican oregano and cumin to taste. My family loved it! — srenea 2/15/2011
Oven French Toast

Oven French Toast

Excellent recipe! Everyone loved it and we will definitely make this again. — sgrishka 2/15/2011
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are outstanding! I used the directions for the chewy variation and could not be happier with the wonderfully delicious results. — sgrishka 2/15/2011

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Thank you very much for the medal. Glad you enjoyed it so much. I think I may be making this one again for Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays !

2 years ago    CookingPassion

So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the nice comment. Happy Holidays to you and your family !

2 years ago    CookingPassion

Thank you for the medals you awarded me for my families Chocolate Eclair Cake and Chocolate Pecan Torte recipes and your kind words...I am grateful for your kindness!

3 years ago    sgrishka

Thank you for the medal...glad your husband enjoyed the cookies:)

3 years ago    ellie36

Thank you for the medal... so glad you liked the milan cookies.

3 years ago    ellie36

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