Cloverleigh Profile - (10647394)

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Home Town: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Living In: Ellicott City, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Mom and I, Thanksgiving 2005
About this Cook
Good home cooking is a family tradition. Some of our recipes go back at least four generations to my Irish great-grandmother, like Buttermilk Pound Cake. Learning the art of baking from my mother and grandmother brings back some of my best childhood memories. When I was very young I tried to bake something for breakfast as a surprise. I didn't know the difference between baking soda and baking powder, so I chose the soda. I didn't know about standard measurements, so I chose a coffee cup from the shelf. Needless to say, the result went down the drain, and that's when Mom started teaching me to bake. I love that the time I spent baking something rewards us for days and always brings a smile! Interestingly, all three of my brothers are also accomplished cooks. But my father can only make coffee!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts (cheesecakes, pies, cookies) and other baked goods, esp. muffins
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's cooking heritage is Deep South/Tex/Mex so I grew up with perfectly fried chicken, hot chili, and flaky biscuits from scratch.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make angelfood cake from scratch with my grandmother at age sixteen.
My cooking tragedies
My husband-to-be crowed about my pie-making abilities to my future in-laws. But when I made them a cherry pie, the crust was horribly soggy(due to high humidity). They loved me anyway and we've been married for 26 years!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
They were easy to handle especially during that tricky move-it-to-the-cookie-sheet stage. The taste was very good, but I will not say great. The BEST I've ever tasted were made with confectioner's sugar which makes them light and airy.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2013

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