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Living In: Auburn, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Music
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About this Cook
I am a 21-year-old college student majoring in Food Science. I have only recently gotten into cooking, and much of the way I learned was through trial and error in teaching myself. As a ballet dancer who LOVES food, yet has always been concerned with healthy eating, I look to make recipes that are healthy and yet still delicious and enjoyable. I use every attempt as a learning experience as well to learn more about the science involved in creating dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that will bring a smile to someone's face!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies on Saturdays during football season.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to cook is a triumph in and of itself for me. I taught myself nearly everything I know.
My cooking tragedies
In my first attempt at making gingerbread men, a few met a sad fate as I dropped them on the floor right out of the oven...those pans get pretty darn hot when you're trying to find a spot for them on the counter!
Recipe Reviews 61 reviews
Best Brownies
These brownies are superb, but truly more like fudge. I made the recipe exactly as stated. I mixed by hand all of the ingredients into the same pot that I melted the butter, so it was extremely simple and not messy! Do beat the eggs separately first. The frosting is wonderful, but I did have to add about 1 tablespoon of milk because of the large amount of dry ingredients. If you like cake-like brownies, this is not at all for you...but if you want a deliciously rich, fudgy, moist brownie, this will be your new go-to. I will definately line the pan with aluminum foil next time, though, so that I can remove the aluminum foil to cut and remove the brownies - they were nearly impossible to remove from the pan because of how moist they are. I recommend cutting them while they are still warm, but leaving them in place until they are cooled.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2010
Soft Oatmeal Cookies
Just love these cookies!!! I will say I made them exactly as the recipe said and they were VERY thin!! I pressed the first bath down with a fork and baked for 8 minutes, and they turned out underdone and incredibly delicate because of how thin they were. Don't worry about pressing them down!! They spread a lot! I may use margarine or shortening next time, as they have higher melting points. I will probably add in some raisins, too, but the flavor of these without anything added is superb!! I went with a 9 minute baking time. I like my chocolate chip cookies a bit underdone and soft, but you can't do that with these - it just doesn't work the same. They need to be cooked until they are pretty brown. Overall a wonderful recipe and a definite keeper!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2010
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes
I love this recipe and use it all the time!! I always add just a bit of garlic powder. Delicious!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2010
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