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Home Town: Monterey, California, USA
Living In: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Mango and Sticky Rice
About this Cook
I grew up in the Monterey Bay Area of California, the land of sandwiches with avocado and sprouts, where I have gotten my cooking roots. I love trying and making food from all over the world, as well as baking desserts!
My favorite things to cook
Curry, Pad Thai, Sushi, Soba, anything Mexican, Pizza, Pasta, stroganoff, Cookies, Cakes, Pies, flan, other desserts, pancakes, french toast, good old mac and cheese, and potatoe salad.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandma taught me some traditional Japanese recipes, which I love cooking to this day. Unari is my favorite of these. My Mom taught me how to make stroganoff, great desserts, and good Mexican food.
My cooking triumphs
*My first attempt at making came out very similar to that of my favourite Thai restaurant, Barn Thai, in Sand City, CA! *Always being able to make soft, chewy, cinnamony Snickerdoodles, which everyone loves. :) *Mexican food always turns out great for me...I love Mexican food! *Just made "Cashew crusted chicken" from this site yesterday. It was great. *I have learned that having a timer makes cooking and life much easier.
My cooking tragedies
*One time when I was in middle school, I whipped the whipping cream for too long. It suddenly became not so creamy :( I never did that again! *I have also burnt toast and garlic bread many a time *One more--I lost track of time and accidentally boiled macaroni noodles for too long. I dis liked the noodles so much that I threw them away :(
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Banana Oat Muffins
These were AMAZING! I could not get enough of the banana flavour. The oatmeal also added an inviting texture. I used low fat vanilla yogurt in place of the sour cream, since that was what I had on hand. It worked great! I also used 1 tbs. of baking powder b/c I had no baking soda. Unfortunately, I did not have any walnuts either, but the muffins still turned out great. Full of flavour--thank you so much for sharing this recipe :)

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2011
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
I was lacking quite a few ingredients for this recipe, but these muffins still turned out great. For those of you who are kind of poor these days, the following things might work for you: I did not have any sour cream per previous reviews, so I added 1 egg and 1/4 c. oil to make them more moist. I did not have any baking chocolate or cocoa, so I melted 3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips with the 1/3 c. butter. I used milk instead of buttermilk, as suggested by previous reviews. However, I only had powdered milk, so I used 3/4 c. water and 1/4 c. powdered milk. Since there was extra liquid in the batter from the extra egg and oil, I used 2 c. flour. I am a chocoholic, so I added 1/2c. extra semisweet chocolate chips. A 1/2 c. of pecans was a good addition, too. Hope this helps those who did not have all the ingredients :) Great recipe...thanks!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2009
Shortbread Cookies II
These cookies were fantastic! They remind me of the wonderful shortbread that I get in Maui, and they are sooooo easy to make. I did not have a cookie press, so I rolled the dough into walnut sized balls, and flattened them with my thumb. I also quartered the recipe, since I only had one stick of butter. It worked perfect, especially with the addition of mini chocolate chips:) If you make these with margarine (I used Smart Balance in a test batch), the texture stays the same, but the cookies take on a margarine flavour. It really is best to use butter for these cookies for taste purposes. If you do not mind the margarine flavour, less cholesterol, healthier fats, and some omega in your cookies, then you can use Smart Balance. Either way, I love these cookies. Next time, I will try mini chocolate chips, in addition to dipping them in chocolate. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Sally :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2009
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