sycazi Profile - (10370161)

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Home Town: New York, New York, USA
Living In: Suwanee, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am always looking for new recipes to spring on my family & friends. I also tend to put my own signature on recipes to make it uniquely mine. Because I can usually discern the ingredients in a dish, I frequently would try to recreate it at home. I believe in using the freshest and most unrefined ingredients possible in my dishes and also that there is no such thing as too much chocolate!!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking & making various desserts. I also like to cook different ethnic specialties especially those that may present a challenge or those that I can't get where I live now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Coming from a big family, food is a very important social event & not just for the holidays. We also socialize around food, i.e. meeting at restaurants, coffee houses, dim sum places, etc...
My cooking triumphs
I was able to recreate a chestnut cake that I had in NYC's Chinatown several years ago. I am also able to use my baking & cooking skills commercially since I do a lot of the baking at our cafe. When I was 16, I shopped for & cooked a traditional Thanksgiving dinner all by myself & have been doing it ever since. Since my parents & cousins were immigrants to this country, this was the first time that they had a homecooked Thanksgiving dinner with turkey & all the trimmings. Of course, we also had our ethnic foods available just in case...
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 13, I tried to make a cheese bread from scratch. I did overwork the dough since I wanted to make it into a beautiful work of art. All the extra kneading made the bread extremely rubbery. It turned out to be a cheese doorstop since it was so hard that we couldn't cut into it.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Not Your Mother's Pumpkin Bread
Have used this recipe for the past 2 years at our cafe & it turns out perfectly every time. Ice it with a cream cheese/butter icing & sprinkle with toasted pecans. We have customers coming back looking for this bread & have taken plenty of special orders too!!! Definitely a keeper!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2008
Cream Cake
A bit too sweet but turned out very nicely. I made cupcakes out of this recipe & it turned out perfect. Would definitely use this again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2007
Simple White Cake
Good recipe but was not as white as I thought it would be. I would use just egg whites next time. Overall taste was excellent! Would definitely use again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2007

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