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Clare West

Clare West
Home Town: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Living In: Cobbs Creek, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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me and my love
About this Cook
I am a work-at-home wife to my wonderful husband Fred, and my awesome 7 children ages 13,11,10,9,7,6 and 5 with another due in November. We are so blessed!
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE cooking Italian and Mexican food, and my specialties are baking and kid friendly dishes (for obvious reasons =D) I dabble in vegan and alkaline eating since hubby and I like our night quiet time, but value our health as well!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays mean family cooking, ALWAYS. My kids LOVE to help in the kichen, and most have mastered the basics a quite a young age. We do cakes, cookies, pies, casseroles, and love doing the semi-annual gingerbread house!
My cooking triumphs
I had the hardest time mastering the art of breadmaking. It took me YEARS of experimentations and a lot of patience from my husband, but now I can make a nice everyday bread, as well as dinner rolls, soft pretzels, cinnamon buns and foccacia that are requested at pot luck and family get together we attend.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make Chori Pollo ( a mexican chicken and chorizo dish) from scratch and it was so far beyond a disaster it isnt even funny. We had a food-burial funeral in the back yard. I hate wasting food, and that was not a low price dish, lol!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
won't use another recipe again...ever. And I have been on the hunt for the perfect homemade cookie for YEARS because I don't trust all the additives from the store. TRY THIS, you will NOT regret it!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2013
Ornament Dough
We followed it to a T and it turned out fantastic...great consistency, not at all too sticky, and did not puff up too much in the oven. The kids had a blast. Thanks for posting!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2012
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Very good. I made these with a little apple sauce in the batter because my eggs were small, and it was a little stiff. They turned out delicious, and I will be making these again and again. Thank you for sharing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2012

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