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Sy Chandell

Sy Chandell
Home Town: Bandon, Oregon, USA
Living In: Olympia, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a 31 year old (in 2011) female married cook/baker, and I'm a foodie to the core. I love cooking/baking blogs and websites, and am easily inspired to create my own tasty and beautiful creations that I see here, and on other sites! I have a dream to create a cookbook for those who truly can't cook. Explain everything painfully well, really hold their hands through every step, and every assumption that recipes make that we already know basic things about cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook or bake nearly anything. What I obsess about is doing it *right*. I read recipe reviews like crazy, and go out of my way to make sure I'm making the food in the most proper way possible. I love to make cookies. I'm getting into cakes, now, and cupcakes, especially. I make some KILLER tamales, but not often, as it's a chore. I need to get that recipe onto this site, actually, hmm.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family always makes Holiday Cranberry Salad (now on this site) every year for Christmas. It's a classic!
My cooking triumphs
I've made some completely spectacular tamales, roast chickens, beef stews, hard candies, and toffees & Caramels.
My cooking tragedies
Usually involve making something for the first time ever: For guests. NEVER DO THAT, FOLKS!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Russian Tea II
Although I don't feel the need for the additional plain sugar, this is more like the ratio I expect in russian Tea, I use a 1:1 ratio in my RT, whereas others on this site use as low as 4:1. Also a fair bit more cinnamon adds deliciocity.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2012
Banana Bran Muffins
DO NOT OVERBAKE! I pulled mine out a couple of minutes early, they looked set, and the toothpick came out clean when I toothpicked them. So moist and delicious! I cut the brown sugar back to 1/4c, and added 1/2c of the Russian Tea (search for it on this website!) mix, and the results were WONDERFUL! I had shrimpy bananas, so I used 4. Turned out amazing. Be sure to follow Alton Brown's advice: Add the dry ingredients all at once, then fold until JUST incorporated, then STOP! That's how to treat muffins. These worked great for regular size muffins, and also mini muffins, you just have to watch them and take them out when they're done. DELICIOUSABLE!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2012
Russian Tea
Try using this in the Banana Bran Muffins recipe on Allrecipes! I cut the brown sugar back to 1/4c, and then added an entire half cup of Russian Tea Mix. The muffins are so delicious! Wow. This mix is a blast from the past, I was born in 1980, and my mother used to make this for my sister and I in the early 80's through until we were pre-teens. Delicious! I make it with ONLY CINNAMON, NO LEMONADE MIX, & NO SUGAR, and it's still delicious, I don't notice anything's missing! Thanks for putting this recipe up here, Paula!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2012
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