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Living In: Orange County, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
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About this Cook
I cook everything from scratch. My mom did when I was a kid and although I wish somedays I could just throw a TV dinner in the microwave, I can't give in to those poor tasting, nutritionally deficient meals! I'm a vegetarian of 22 years and slowly leaning more towards becoming a vegan as the years go by. Although I do cook poultry, fish and a rare occasion, steak for my husband (and this is only out of pure love!), I do not eat them. This makes it hard for me to judge my abilities in cooking meat or new meat recipes. I am a real beginning in this category. But with all things veggie, vegan and baking, I am pretty confident. I hate fried foods, but love dessert!
My favorite things to cook
Baking bread, desserts, converting recipes using dairy and eggs to vegan. I like to make hearty vegetarian meals like pot pie, stews and loafs, but also eat a lot of raw foods. I rarely measure, unless baking, as I feel it takes up too much time, although sometimes (not often!) this comes back to bite me in the end results. I really like to make hearty breakfasts too, with eggs (which I don't eat), breads, casseroles, fruits and juices, but I don't like breakfast foods! I just enjoy seeing my family enjoy eating these meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Real macaroni and cheese, Christmas cookies, crepes (from my husband's family).
My cooking triumphs
One Thanksgiving the familly was in an uproar-made three seperate compelete Thanksgiving meals (one with turkey, one vegetarian and one vegan) in three days. Worst part...all the cleanup!
My cooking tragedies
Where to start?! The biggest problems happen when I'm experiementing in making things ultra healthy--unfortunately many times they turn out ultra tasteless.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Irish Soda Bread I
I've made this bread every year for St. Patty's Day for the last four years. It is always a big hit and everyone wants the recipe. Since I only make it once a year, it always surprises me how sticky and unweilding the dough is. And every year I get to the point of dumping it in the loaf pan thinking it will surely be a disaster, and it miraculously turns out great! (Must be the luck of the Irish!) My only variations: I put the whole thing in one large loaf pan and have always omitted the raisins. The finished product is definately sweet and could be used for a breakfast or brunch bread. Love it with tons of butter!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2010
Clone of a Cinnabon
I love this recipe. I make the dough in my bread machine and then do as previous reviewers have suggested--I prepare the dough and roll and let it rise overnight. Next morning, I pop it in the oven and house wakes up to a delicious aroma! I have substituted up to one cup of whole wheat flour, and have used almond milk instead of regular milk. But since this is not a low cal, healthy recipe to begin with, I usually just indulge myself and make it as is. The recipe really does live up to it's name-took this to a recent brunch and everyone thought I picked them up at Cinnabon! Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2009
Easy Cheese Ball II
This cheeseball has been a hit at many parties since I discovered it last December. I get requests for it whenever we go to friends' houses for potluck. The recipe has a large yield and I usually shape a big cheeseball for the party and a little one for us to enjoy the next day at home, since there are never leftovers!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2009

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