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Living In: Eagan, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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French Breakfast Puffs
About this Cook
I didn't really start to get into cooking until I moved away from home, I cooked before, but never enjoyed it so much. Now I have a massive home made cook book that I'm always collecting and adding new recipes to. I used a photo album and just slide the cards in, if I take a picture of the finished product I tape it in next to where the recipe is.
My favorite things to cook
Baked goods. Cookies, cakes, pies, anything new or interesting. I like to cook meals too though :) And I get into the mood for experimenting sometimes, where I start throwing things into recipes (which scares some people, lol), but I've had pretty good success with making some yummy dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up I wasn't as interested in cooking, so during most of the cooking I would kind of hover in the kitchen and watch. Every now and then whoever I was watching (my mom or one of my grandmothers usually) would ask me to grab butter, milk, salt, whatever for them. While this isn't really a "cooking tradition" it's my favorite cooking memories from growing up.
My cooking triumphs
Making fortune cookies from scratch. You definitely want to follow the advice about getting thin cotton fingers were pretty well done by the time I made half a dozen of these. They came out beautiful and delicious, but they definitely are a "practice makes perfect" kind of recipe.
My cooking tragedies
Pudding from scratch...oh I'll probably never make that again. The recipe never said anything about the milk bubbling up like that, lol. I had a whole stove to clean and a really gross mess in the pot after that. I think there's a reason instant pudding is so tasty and cheap.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Banana Crepes
I always thought crepes were hard to make, but these were not only very simple, quick and easy, but incredibly delicious! I ran out of powdered sugar, so I used granulated and it still turned out fine (I also cut the recipe half so there wasn't as much, I don't know how it would turn out with granulated in the full recipe). I only cut one banana in half, and hubby and I were both wishing I had made more, we ate the rest of the crepes plain and they were even tasty that way. I know I'll be making a lot more of these!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2009
Barquillos (Wafer Rolls)
I just made these and they came out very good! I think I didn't make them thin enough when I spread the batter out, but they still tasted delicious, definitely going to be trying them again :)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2008
Florida Strawberry Muffins
I really enjoyed these muffins! I even halved the recipe (since it was just for my boyfriend and I) and it still came out wonderful. I had to add a tiny bit of milk to by batter, but strawberries aren't in season yet, so I didn't get much juice out of mine. I don't think I'd have to do that if they were in season and really delicious. And I didn't want to wait to make them (for the berries to release the juice) so I microwaved them for like 10 seconds, worked great, but could've also added to why I didn't have enough liquid. I sprinkled the tops with sugar before I put them in the oven for that nice crunch on the tops like I like my muffins to have. Thanks so much for a yummy way to use up strawberries! :)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 2, 2008

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