Jennifer Profile - (10499235)

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Home Town: Newark, California, USA
Living In: Fremont, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a baker at heart, and trying to branch out and extend my abilities to the cooking arena. I love decorating beautiful sugar cookies and do it on a weekly basis... therefore cooking ends up on the back-burner (no pun intended...)
My favorite things to cook
I love to faux-fry things to allow my boyfriend to feel like he's had a hearty meal, but it's much healthier. I also love using the bbq to give food great flavor without adding fat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have a lot of traditional recipes.. but we do love to eat when we're all together!!
My cooking triumphs
Within the past year I have really learned how to alter recipes to get the taste I'm looking for. I have also become better with more exotic ingredients and spices, as my boyfriend is Japanese and I want to be able to give him a taste of his own heritage.
My cooking tragedies
I have made a few "healthy" recipes that have been disasters. You really have to make sure the right combination of ingredients are there to give food flavor or you're in for a bland ride!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Viennese Crescent Holiday Cookies
these are a favorite in my house during the holidays. i did use almonds because that's what i had on hand. i also omitted the vanilla sugar. i dipped them in melted dark chocolate as in the picture - they turned out perfect!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2008
Caramel Shortbread Squares
it was something lovely and different to add to my christmas baked goods. i took other reviewers' advice and poked my shortbread with a chopstick before baking. then i cooled it in the freezer while i made the caramel. i even overcooked the caramel slightly and they still tasted fantastic. i should have mixed the chocolate with half and half because they were really hard to cut without squishing the caramel out the sides. when i make these again i'll be sure to use half and half, and cut them when the chocolate is still a bit soft. even when they don't look as pretty as the picture, they taste FANTASTIC!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2008
Brownie Biscotti
biscotti is hard, and this one walks you through the process quite well. i omitted the nuts and drizzled with melted white chocolate like in the picture. everyone enjoyed them. i didn't quite dry them out enough because they had a softer texture than what i expect from biscotti, and only a few of them crumbled. if you let them cool a bit and use a sharp santoku knife, you get nice even cuts because of the straight edge of the knife. i think serrated knives increase the tendency to crumble

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2008

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