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Good cooking - often

Teen's aunt praises niece's culinary skills

Teen's aunt praises niece's culinary skills

November 05, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FALLING WATERS W.Va. - It's one thing to live with a teenager who likes to cook something that doesn't involve a microwave or ramen noodles, Dawn Gawronski said. But it's even better to live with a teenager who likes to cook often and does it really well.

Luckily, that would be the case with Gawronski's 15-year-old niece Brittany Gawronski, a sophomore at Hegdesville High School. Brittany lives with her aunt and uncle in Falling Waters. There are two teenage boys in the home. They frequently poke their heads in the kitchen when Brittany cooks, her aunt said.

"Oh, we all love it when she cooks," her aunt said. "Especially when she makes chicken."

Brittany said she developed a chicken recipe on a whim this summer. The recipe involves grilled chicken marinated in a blend of pineapple, barbecue sauce, and sweet and sour sauce.

But of all the things Brittany cooks, she most enjoys making pastries and pies, she said. It could explain why, on the night of the interview, she decided to make dessert before dinner - good, old-fashioned funnel cakes.

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"The last time she made funnel cakes, the boys sat up and ate them all until they were sick," Dawn Gawronski said. "That's how good they are."

Brittany explained the recipe on a school night, just before dinner:

Q: Where did you get this recipe?

A: From a teacher at my school.

Q: How are yours different from what you'd get at a fair?

A: I add a little bit of vanilla and a bit more sugar to make it sweeter.

Q: How'd you get into cooking in the first place?

A: From my grandma and aunt. When I was little, I used to mix stuff, play around.

Q: What are some other things you like to cook?

A: I like to cook grilled chicken. I marinate it for three hours. I use a mix of sweet and sour and barbecue sauce and put chunks of pineapple on it. Then I cook it for an hour on the grill. I also like to make tacos.

Q: Do your friends know you cook?

A: Yeah, all of them come over here now.

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