essensual911 Profile - (1022807)

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Member Since: Feb. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Most of recipes I use come from the internet and a few cookbooks. Then I adapt and have fun with it. Give me an ingredient and I'll make something scrumptious.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking a lot more than cooking. Not that I like eating sweets, I just enjoy decorating. I'm in a cupcake zone at the moment. Check out my Baking Therapy album on facebook, look up 'venusfb'.
My cooking triumphs
I love cooking from scratch. Really enjoy cooking Asian/Middle Eastern food as well as Italian and other comfort European dishes.
My cooking tragedies started with Betty Crocker...then several baking attempts from scratch that ended up in the trash. After living in Africa where I cannot buy any box ingredients, I emerged a decent cook/baker.
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Fluffy Pancakes
Fluffy and flavorful with buttermilk and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. This is my favorite pancake recipe on this site!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2012
Tiramisu Layer Cake
I followed the recipe almost to the T, except I increase the instant espresso powder to 2 tablespoons for 2 dark layers (and one white) and double coffee flavored liquer through out (Hazelnut Bailey). Mascarpone cheese tastes delicate and beautiful while cream cheese has a subtle sour flavor so mascarpone wins in this recipe. The double thick cream whipped up like a dream for frosting and so easy to spread. The amounts of filling and frosting are perfect for a 9-inch cake.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2012
Tropical Lime Cake
Surprisingly refreshing even though some people were taken aback by the color. I make cake mix from scratch and add lime juice to orange juice to give it a kick. I skipped the icing here and use cream cheese frosting with a hint of green food coloring and a table spoon of fresh lime juice. Definitely serve with plain whipped cream. This cake freezes well and I think it's even better the next day or after freezing/thawing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2007

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