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Emily Walker

Emily Walker
Home Town: Naperville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I grew the second-oldest of six kids so most of my cooking growing up included things like triple-batches of snickerdoodles and huge pans of apple crisp. Now that I'm married with a new baby I'm having fun exploring yummy (but hopefully healthy) main dishes. Living in Taiwan brings other challenges (the hunt for cottage cheese continues!).
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making main dishes (the more flavor and spice the better), especially homey casseroles and things that utilize the Asian ingredients I find right at my fingertips here in Taiwan. I don't think I've ever put too much garlic or hot sauce in anything for my husband's taste. I've loved baking for years so when my baby lets me I like making cookies, desserts, and breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Good Mid-western comfort food is top on my list. After that, I love anything Mexican. My maternal grandfather insisted that my grandma make a new dessert every day, and my mom continued that tradition for years, so also I've developed quite a sweet tooth. Fresh homemade desserts are my favorites, especially anything chocolate.
My cooking triumphs
By starting early (baking became my passion when I was 14) I gave myself plenty of learning time so I've had lots of success over the years. I had a reputation as a good cook by the time I was sixteen. One triumph was when I made fudge for Valentine's Day and gave it to my boyfriend, now husband. He still talks about it today. Another recent success was when I bought a cabbage of immense proportions (the only size they have in Taiwan) and managed to use the whole thing up - for just two people! It took at least five meals to use it all.
My cooking tragedies
When I was sixteen one day I was producing pies in mass quantities (big family, remember?) and while baking single-crust pie shells in the oven the sides all fell in. They had to be thrown out. I cried in frustration, but then marched back into the kitchen and started over, and this time was successful. Four perfectly-baked pie crusts (with the sides up!).
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Caramel Chocolate Corn
fantastic! I made it exactly as listed in the microwave, except that I didn't have peanuts so I left those out. The only caution I would have is make sure you watch the sugar syrup while it boils so it doesn't overflow. I was amazed that this worked so well, all in the microwave! I will totally be making caramel corn more often!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2010
Peanut Butter Granola
I followed this recipe as exactly as I could with the ingredients on hand...peanuts instead of walnuts, ground flaxseed instead of brewer's yeast, no dry milk powder, and regular peanut butter. I think it tastes fantastic! My only criticism is that it didn't clump up like regular granola, though my substitutions probably accounted for getting the proportions off. When I make it again, I'll go a little lighter on the oats to make sure there's enough wet ingredients to make sure it sticks together.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2010
Crystal's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
very good, but I added more flour to total about 3 cups in order to make them a little more chewy like a regular chocolate chip cookie, and less cake-like. They're still not totally like regular cookies, but they're closer. Great idea, they taste great.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2009

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