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Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter
Home Town: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Music
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German Rye Bread
About this Cook
I grew up in my mother's kitchen, and was making family meals by the time I was 12. I had two Mennonite grandmothers who were the queens of pie and bread; unfortunately, my mom never liked dough, so my fascination with it couldn't be indulged until I was on my own. It took many years of trial and error and reading to figure out pastry(and some days I still can't "get" it), and now my current obsession is breads. In the last 8 years I have turned cooking from a daily necessity to an almost daily obsession. I still have to necessarily make dinner every day, but I try to make every day an adventure, a chance to try something new or a chance to find something to love. I love to read cookbooks and watch cooking shows, and have finally begun to appreciate and master the nuances of the cuisines of Italy, Mexico, Germany, and many other places. The conquering of the basics has been a journey, and I can't wait to pass on what I've learned to my daughters! I have been married since 2000, and ha
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything that is a challenge. Generally, if it says it's easy, I look for something else to cook! Maybe I'm just a sucker for punishment, but it has certainly yielded great rewards.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Having a Mennonite background, roll kuchen and watermelon in the summer, lots of pie making at Grandma's house, canning, soups, popcorn balls at Christmas.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Quick Yeast Rolls
I can't believe the reviews! I followed the recipe exactly after reading many reviews. The dough was exactly what I expected. I baked as tear-apart rolls instead of in muffin tins. After ten minutes in the oven (per instructions), I removed them and brushed with melted butter, and returned to the oven for 2 more minutes under the broiler to give them a golden color. They sure looked pretty. Then my husband (who could eat a dozen good yeast rolls at a time) tore into one and cringed. They were not raw, as in there was no part "uncooked", but the overwhelming yeast smell and doughy texture immediately turned him off. So I threw the whole pan back in the oven for another 12 minutes, and the same reaction. While the texture of the dough looks promising, there is WAY too much yeast, and the flavor is terrible. Will NOT make again and cannot recommend on any point.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2013
The Best Double Chocolate Chip Cookie
Fabulous double chocolate cookies! Exactly what I was looking for! I didn't have margarine, so subbed 1/2 butter 1/2 shortening. Misread the recipe, and added 1 1/3 cup cocoa instead of 1/3 cup...a mistake with delightful results! Did not grease the cookies sheets. Tried baking three ways: rolled into balls, dropped by Tbsp, and rolled into balls then flattened to 1/2" using a cup bottom dipped in cocoa and sugar. The flattened ones came out the best, didn't spread at all, just baked up soft and chewy, with a cracked sparkly top. Lowered temp to 350* and baked for full 10 minutes. Perfection!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2011
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
My new conquest is bread, and this is a winner! I subbed white sugar for the honey, I may try brown next time for a richer flavor. I mixed it in my KitchenAid, but did all the kneading by hand. The flavor was spot on, the texture was perfect, it rose beautifully (which is an accomplishment for me!), and it kneaded really nicely. I switched the flours, used whole wheat bread flour, and all purpose, respectively, with no adverse effects. I ended up making buns with half the dough, and a giant loaf of bread with the other. Both are wonderful! Highly recommend, especially for beginners!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2008

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