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Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
My cooking triumphs
Cheesecake, homemade fondant, meringue, and certain breads have been cooking triumphs for me. I don't think all of my "triumphs" are necessarily gourmet foods or fancy dishes that require a lot of work, but the simpler ones that need testing and tweeking before I consider them just right. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is an example of this...I'm still tweeking that recipe!
My cooking tragedies
Oh I have had PLENTY of cooking tragedies. From burning cookies to forgetting ingredients...I still mess up dishes that I've made dozens of time. I'm happy with a lot of the cooking that I do, but I am not beyond a mess up every now and again!
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Simple White Cake
I was really nervous trying this recipe for the first time for a friend's birthday but it came out great. White and yellow cakes do tend to have that cornbread texture sometimes, but this one did not. I looked at many users' comments and came up with the following adjustments: I doubled the recipe to make a two-layer cake. I used 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste and 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract. I also added an extra 1/4 cup of milk to the batter. I'm not sure if this is what really helped, but I beat the batter for a long time at every step before adding the flour (once you add the flour, only mix until the ingredients are combined). The cake was delicious, and although I over baked it a little bit (watch it carefully because it will go from under-cooked to over-browned very quickly!), it still turned out great. I will definitely be using this recipe again. Next time I'd like to try making cupcakes with it.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 21, 2012
Alfredo Sauce
I'm sure this is delicious as is, but I made two minor adjustments. First, I used half heavy cream and half half&half instead of all heavy cream. Second, I only used 1 cup of Parmesan and for the other 1/2 cup of cheese I used Pecorino Romano. Otherwise I kept the recipe the same. This sauce is DELICIOUS!! It's sitting on the counter right now waiting for the rest of dinner to be ready, and it's actually a little thick so I might thin it out with a little bit of milk. The thickness of the sauce and it's great flavor made me think of making spinach and artichoke dip with it next time I make it...we already wiped the pot clean from dipping bread in there after I poured the sauce into a bowl.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2010
Cookie Balls
These were super easy to make and everyone loved them. They actually would have been even easier to make if I wasn't at school and I actually had a blender, but that just shows the versatility of this recipe. I made these twice in one week, using white chocolate chips for the coating the second time because I couldn't find anymore almond bark/candy coating at the store. Easy, relatively inexpensive, pretty-looking crowd favorite...make these!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 18, 2010
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