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Ellyn Oaksmith

Ellyn Oaksmith
Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
Living In: Seattle Area, Washington, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I come from a family of great cooks. My Dad used to come home from traveling and cook up whatever he'd enjoyed in another country -- Brazilian food, Italian, French. I came home from school one day and the kitchen was festooned in fresh pasta hanging from ski poles he was using for drying racks. My mom is a good cook too but my Dad is more outrageous.
My favorite things to cook
I love soups all winter long, anything braised and cooked for a good long time, preferably in a crock pot. I love to bake and use it as therapy. I have experimented to find the best chocolate chip cookie -- thank you Wendy and the best chocolate cake -- thank you Bon Appetit. I like a quest.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We're not big on repeating things and try a lot of new recipes. Ingredients are a lot more important than recipes although the Silver Palate is a tradition in our family. We all love it and have used it over and over again since it was first printed. And of course The Joy of Cooking.
My cooking triumphs
Serving a delicious dinner to my future father-in-law 15 years ago and being so glad I could welcome him with a nice meal on that rainy, cold Seattle night. It was the beginning of many great things.
My cooking tragedies
My sister and I made a ground nut stew (peanut) out of a recipe in the newspaper. It tasted like Jiff peanut butter and undercooked vegetables. We had no cash on hand and had to ask our guests to pay for the pizza we ended up ordering. Very classy. I also made fudge at my in-laws house that tasted like it had sand in it.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Banana Cake VI
I am famous in my neighborhood for this cake. People ask me to bake it for their birthdays and I try to do it whenever I can. Use caramel frosting IV and you'll have people not exactly begging you for the recipe but asking you to make it again. And again.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2013
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IV
I'm giving this 5 stars because most oatmeal cookie recipes are bland. That being said this one desperately needs 1 t. salt, under-baking slightly and like all cookies, will benefit from chilling the dough (chewier, denser cookies). I added chocolate chips and wished I'd halved or left out the raisins. Also, my cookies were not flat but I always use a half and half mix of "white" whole wheat flour and regular white flour for all my cooking so that might have changed the outcome. Dark brown sugar gives a fuller flavor. If nothing else, add the salt. It will make these cookies ideal.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2013
Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy
I am a very experienced cook and this recipe is my Achilles heel. It has taken me as many as 5 tries before it works, although when it does, it's amazing. The only problem is that although I try all the tips in the reviews, I end up with a gritty mess that seperates at the end of the cooking process. My new thought is that I am letting it boil too hard. So, I'll probably give it one more shot because this holiday season, I've wasted 4 lbs of butter and 8 cups of sugar but I'm determined to serve this along side my New Year's eve feast.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2012

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