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Home Town: Kailua, Hawaii, USA
Living In: San Jose, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Baby Shower Cookies
Cupcake assortment
About this Cook
I recently acquired a box full of piping tips from when my grandfather was a baker in the Navy (which I was unaware of). My grandfather died before I was born, so I never met him & knew very little about him. It makes me smile to think that we have a love of baking in common and that I am putting his piping tips to good use. Also about me.. I am 24, live in California, and have a chihuahua/pug mix that I absolutely adore. I am a social worker by career but a baker by heart.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, bars, pies! Anything sweet :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family was big on pasta dishes and I am still trying to get my meals to come out as delicious as my dad's.
My cooking triumphs
Most recently: Strawberry cupcakes w/strawberry frosting. Delicious!
My cooking tragedies
I had a horrible experience with the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake from this site. Let's just say I'm never again attempting a cheesecake in my lifetime.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Angel Food Cake III
This was good. I used a bundt pan and baked for 30 minutes. I lowered the temp to 350 for the last 10 minutes because it was browning very quickly. It was a bit tricky getting out of the pan and came out pretty lopsided, but the taste made up for it. I will probably reduce the sugar a bit next time. Also, my eggs came right out of the fridge- next time I will let them come to room temperature. I whipped the eggs at high speed for about 5 minutes until the peaks formed. I topped this cake with homemade whipped cream and strawberries for a strawberry shortcake variation. Very yummy and surprisingly easy!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2010
Banana Muffins II
These were delicious. I only used 2 bananas, and I added about 1 cup of chopped apple slices just for the fun of it. The apple-banana favor is great! Also added cinnamon and vanilla like others suggested. Not sure if it made any difference, though. I also sprinkled Sugar in the Raw on the tops of them before baking. Yum.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2010
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
These tasted great, but I had problems with the baking time. I ended up having to throw out about half of the batch because they were wayyy too soft and undercooked :( It was a bit frustrating, but once I found the right time (15 minutes), they came out perfect and held their shape. I took others' suggestions and used 2T of vanilla and 2 tsp salt. I also only used about 3 cups of chocolate chips, because 4 seemed like overkill. I'll be using this recipe again; thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2009
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