KychynWych Profile - (10598050)

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Home Town: Wrightwood, California, USA
Living In: Memphis, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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At the end of a verrrry long baking project . . .
Back Home in CA
About this Cook
I am a holistic energy healer with a background in allergy-friendly cooking and nutrition. While I remain a shameless dessert-fiend, most of the recipes I use are re-worked to be both light and free of wheat and most cow-dairy. I also redesign recipes to be suitable to the dietary needs of my clients, whether the client is looking to achieve a healthier weight or needs to begin modifying his/her diet due to allergies and/or sensitivities.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes, hands-down. I am also an artist, so I love that I get to turn my food into something pretty! Anything that includes pumpkin also has my fixed and immediate attention, from savory dishes to desserts. This past year, I encountered a recipe for a pumpkin-chipotle risotto and fell head-over-heals in love. Ooooh, and then there were those pumpkin enchiladas and pumpkin waffles and pumpkin angel food cake . . .
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gumbo on Christmas Eve and home-made pizza on Christmas Day; Shrimp on New Year's; Honey-Raisin-Seed bread with eggs and fruit on Ostara; Pumpkin-pumpkin-pumpkin in the fall; my mother's chocolate frozen crepes with chocolate mousse and her to-die-for chocolate chip cookies; the annual "What kind of cheesecake do you want this year, dear?" conversation the week before my husband's birthday.
My cooking triumphs
A good friend has an autistic son who is allergic to gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and rice. Because of the rice allergy, he can't have any of the standard gluten-free pancake mixes out there, and he really misses pancakes. After a lot of experimentation, I finally came up with a pancake recipe that not only meets his needs, but tastes great, too. I couldn't believe it when my husband (the guinea pig) not only cleaned his plate, but told me to save the leftovers for later munching. In a similar vein, I managed to make a light version of my husband's absolute favorite meal--biscuits and gravy. It's hearty and filling while still being wheat- and dairy-free, and has half the fat and caloric impact of the standard recipe. Plus, it actually tastes great!!!
My cooking tragedies
Gluten-free bread. I've no idea why, but my formerly flawless gluten-free flour mix suddenly stopped working, producing something more like bricks than bread. It tasted great, but it sliced like play-dough! My husband will also not let me forget the time I decided to try an Atikins recipe for cabbage lasagna (using cabbage leaves in place of the noodles). While this was ten years ago, the dish was so horrendous that he still reminds me of this one now and again. And I've been forbidden to use cabbage again. EVER. ; )
Recipe Reviews 76 reviews
Teriyaki Salmon
I made this exactly as directed--and I even marinated it for 24 hours--, and while it was decent, I've had better store-bought sauces. My husband and I both agreed that we didn't *dislike* it--it just didn't impress in any way.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2013
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
These were decent, but even though their texture was fantastic (Making sure the batter stays cold before baking is a must!!), the shortening gave them a greasy quality I just wasn't wild about. I added a little vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon and clove, but didn't change it otherwise. If I were to make them again, I would exchange the shortening for butter and add more peanut butter and oatmeal, as there didn't seem to be enough of either.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2013
"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Awesome recipe! I added a can of diced, fire-roasted tomatoes and some fresh squash and onion, and I upped the chili powder a bit and added chipotle powder, but otherwise, I kept it exactly the same. Hubby and I both LOVED it, and I will definitely make it again.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2013

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