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Rachel


Rachel
 
Home Town: Friend, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Summit, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I was born and raised in Friend, Nebraska and I come from a family of cooks. My mother is a divine cook. She taught me almost everything I know. My mother, my grandmother, my Aunt Vera, my Aunt Sylvia, and my mother's best friend Judy are all of my cooking muses. I consult them frequently. I am writing a cookbook for charity right now and that is taking up most of my time. It will benefit a women's shelter in Newark, NJ.
My favorite things to cook
I tend to use my oven a lot more than the top of the stove. I am only 29 but I am very old-fashioned in the way that I cook or bake. I like to roast things for several hours/I never use things like margarine in place of butter, I don't cut back on salt/fat, etc... Also, my ethnic heritage is Czechoslovakian-American and thus I make a lot of cesky food when time permits (roast pork with sourkraut and dumplings, etc..).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is almost always cooking something. We eat together every single Sunday, rain or shine. We always have a wonderful meal of roasted meats and vegetables and beautiful baked goods at the end. We are very keen on eating very fresh vegetables out of the garden all summer--often we eat a meal of homemade bread with tomatoes and cucumber salad only.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was when I had a bake sale to raise money for my employer's AIDS Walk team that was going to march in New York City. We were trying to raise funds so I decided to pitch in and have a bake sale. I didn't think I would get that many orders but I ended up baking over 1000 muffins, over 800 cupcakes, and over 80 loaves of bread! It took me almost 3 months to get everything baked. We did raise over 1000 dollars for the team so it was all worth it.
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 9 years old, I wanted to bake a batch of cupcakes. I saw something in the cupboard that looked like sugar so I assumed that it must BE sugar. It was salt. : ( Another tragic episode during my formative years was the day that I learned that you can not transport a two-layer birthday cake on a bicycle.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Glorious Sponge Cake
I haven't ever given a recipe on this site one star before. I have a weekend business of making cakes for parties, ergo, I know how to bake properly. My friend has a birthday tomorrow and he requested a lemon sponge cake. I have not made one before given that I do not like sponge cakes. I found this recipe and tried it given that it was ranked highly by its users. I followed the instructions exactly including this statement: "Pour batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for one hour, or until done." My cake is completely stuck in the tube pan. I assumed that since the author took the time to point out that the tube pan is to be ungreased (which is usually not the case with cakes baked in tube pans), they meant that the tube pan should definitely be ungreased. It is 9:30 PM right now and I have to start over using another recipe for my friend's birthday given that the cake is permanently attached to my tube pan. To say the least, this is frustrating.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2007
Blueberry Sauce
This was wonderful!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2007
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
This recipe is amazing. I followed the author's option of baking the chips and they turned out beautifully. I also left out the kiwi and nutmeg since I don't like them and added a peach and a nectarine. I took this dish on a rafting trip and we inhaled every morsel. Also, I just got one of those "ultimate chopper" things and it definitely helps with the prep work. I had this recipe done in about 5 minutes using my new gadget.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2007
 
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