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Sara


Sara
 
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Living In: Pasadena, California, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Hi! Well, I am not the greatest cook, but sure do love doing it! I started cooking and baking about five years ago after moving out on my own and realizing how much I enjoy it all. It has become such a therapeutic and comforting hobby - that even on a Friday night after a long day at work, I sometimes would rather spend until past midnight, cooking up something new.. how ever disastrous the result. :-) I rarely make the same thing twice, not because I don't like it, but because my curiosity for trying new recipes, overbears the tried and true. Even when I host parties, I like to use my guests as guinea pigs! :)
My favorite things to cook
Pastas, burgers, grilling steaks, appetizers, seafood, sauces, unconventional desserts,.. oh and Thai food. Yum! I kinda suck at baking though, as the end result is typically too dry, too under baked, too bland (I cut the sugars by half, most of the time and refuse to do otherwise), and just too-something. Hasn't stopped me though. :-b
My cooking triumphs
Not holding my breath...
My cooking tragedies
My very first time making dinner for my parents - I think I may have been 17. I wanted to majorly impress them by making a creamy pasta dish. Well, the recipe called for "whipping cream", but I thought that was the same thing as "whipped cream".. aka cool whip. I was really shocked - and thought, wow, I never knew they used whipped cream in pasta dishes! :-b My parents seemed to be quite forgiving, but the question marks on their faces concurred with mine. I didn't figure it out until about five years later when I was at the grocery store and saw "whipping cream" in the dairy aisle. OOPS! :) Many cooking tragedies have followed. Smoke alarm triggers galore, foil caught on fire, skin burns and gashes..
Recipe Reviews 70 reviews
Oatmeal and Wheat Flour Blueberry Pancakes
Probably the best whole wheat waffle I've made! These were fluffy and light, yet with the heartiness of whole wheat and oatmeal. I really liked that they weren't overly dense like the texture of most whole wheat dishes. The only changes I made were due to what I had on hand, and personal preferences. I actually used all whole wheat flour instead of 1/2 of each. I left out the brown sugar because I like to sweeten with a good dose of maple syrup later. :) I used half the olive oil it called for and added a splash more milk. I have regular old-fashioned oats and they worked just fine (just make sure to soak them with the milk for at least 5 minutes). I removed 1 TB of oats to replace with 1 TB of protein powder - hey, why not get more protein while we're at it? :) For some added flavor, I added some cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as vanilla. These pancakes start out on the thinner side, but they puff up wonderfully! This is my newest favorite recipe for pancakes - very easy and quick to throw together, clean-up is also a breeze. Not to mention, healthy! Although I made a lot of changes, they are minor replacements and additions that really do not alter the original recipe enough to not warrant giving it 5 stars! It's very versatile to suit your tastes. If you're looking for a light and fluffy whole wheat pancake recipe, this is a winner! Thanks for sharing with us.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2013
Oatmeal Pancakes II
These were excellent! Usually whole wheat can yield very dense results, but not these. They were fluffy, hearty, tasty, and light... not to mention, healthy. The few adjustments I made were purely personal and not altering the recipe. I replaced one of the tablespoons of oil with unsweetened applesauce, omitted the sugar (because I like to douse in maple syrup later!), and instead of buttermilk I used 2% milk – as it’s what I had on hand. I added blueberries since I had an abundance of them! This recipe is not only yummy, but it is extremely quick and simple. I have a mini food processor and it was the perfect size for this recipe. This one's a keeper; thank you for sharing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2013
Creme Brulee French Toast
I made this for a brunch that I hosted, and there was a fight over who would get to have the last piece! :) Excellent, easy, and a crowd-pleaser. As suggested, I decreased from 5 eggs to 4 and it was plenty enough. I was unable to find a French loaf, so I went with an Italian loaf with superb results. I was able to get 8 thick slices from my loaf and they fit in the dish just fine. If you do not have Grand Marnier or do not wish to use alcohol, you can substitute with orange extract (I did!) and it was perfect. Instead of corn syrup, I used pure maple syrup. So easy to just prepare in advance (and it is quick!) and it's ready for the oven in the morning.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2012
 
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