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Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Adrian & I
About this Cook
I just completed my first year of university and am looking forward to having my only little apartment with a small kitchenette for the very first time in August. One of my favorite things to do is surprising my twin sisters and parents with hot baked goods when they arrive home from school and work in the afternoon. My favorite food is Korean, particularly from Grill Time in Toronto.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy baking (almost on a daily basis!), experimenting with homefries and making chicken dishes (particularly stir-frys). I'm always looking for a quicker/easier way to do something because of my hectic lifestyle and unwillingness to do lots of dishes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas each year when I help my dad make his famous rich, buttery turkey stuffing - with lots of extra helpings left-over for days' worth of warm-ups! I also love baking simple chocolate chip cookies with my twin sisters, and icing cakes' for various family members' birthday. Lastly, I love making creative and crafty meals in the kitchen of my residence building with my boyfriend - some of which have turned out better than others, but were all fun to make!
My cooking triumphs
I make mean shortbread strawberry jam thumbprint cookies, an excellent sourcream berry cake, and great banana quick breads. Some of my best easy dinner recipes are fajitas, gnocchi with grilled chicken, parmesan-breaded chicken fingers, and assorted grilled sandwiches.
My cooking tragedies
I have had nothing but negative experiences attempting to use Splenda in my baking, and am still trying to tweak things so that they rise correctly. I also made the mistake of using a soft plastic spatula to flip my tilapia one night, and will certainly never try that again!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
My family loves chocolate chip cookies, but these did not go over well with anyone. Despite following all of the directions exactly and chilling the dough before baking, these spread out way too much, and there was nothing soft or chewy about them. I found the brown sugar over-powering, and the texture was extremely dry.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2008
Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
These cookies are a sure-fire hit with kids and adults alike! For my first batch, I used vanilla extract instead of almond (simply because I didn't have any around). Also, I found that I did have to add a bit of 1% milk to the dough to get it to form properly. I also added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar as another reviewer recommended, and cut in the butter cold rather than softening it. Before doing anything, I refrigerated the dough for about a half hour - in the meantime, I made the glaze, which did require about 3 times the milk that the recipe calls for. After the dough had thoroughly cooled, I rolled it into about 1-inch balls. They looked huge at first, but baked to be the absolute perfect thickness. I should also mention that I greased my pan with the SLIGHTEST bit of Becel margarine and it gave the cookies the perfectly browned bottom that I love on shortbread. I made only about 20 cookies out of this recipe, but had no problem with them spreading out to be too wide. I used my pinky finger to make each hole - the key is to make the hole narrow at the bottom and increasingly wider at the top. Also, only make the fingerprint about halfway through the cookie - that way, when it spreads out, you won't have any jam leak-age! Lastly, I used 100% real fruit strawberry jam with no pectin and found that the tartness balanced out the shortbread to perfection. In the future, I would like to try an orange variety with a bit of orange zest added to the dough, orange juice

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2008
Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)
AMAZING! The only adjustment I made was to use sugar cinnamon instead of cinnamon, and I made twice as much crumble for the top. I only had two apples on hand, but it was still great and a sure-fire hit with the entire family.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2008

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