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Home Town: Walterboro, South Carolina, USA
Living In: Round Rock, Texas, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a Web designer living in Texas with my husband. I love the flavors and ingredients of the southwest; it's so different - and so much spicier! - than the southern cooking I grew up with. We try to cook at home to be healthier, and I find cooking a wonderful creative outlet.
My favorite things to cook
My new favorite thing to make is quesadillas - they're so quick and delicious. I love baking bread, and I'm getting better at it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chicken a la Reine Soup, from the now-unavailable Disney cookbook _Cooking With Mickey_ Volume I, was a mainstay of my husband's childhood, and now we make it together. Same goes for many of his grandmother's recipes, including monkey cake, mandelbread, and lemon cake. My family's favorites are my mom's brisket and my grandmother's sweet potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
I just baked four huge, beautiful loaves of challah using the recipe from the new cookbook _Quick and Kosher_. Most of my bread baking attempts have resulted in lackluster results, so I was THRILLED this time.
My cooking tragedies
I have thrown out whole pots of pasta tossed in questionable sauces, and there was the time I dusted fresh-made doughnuts with potato starch instead of powdered sugar....
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
A fruit salad is only as good as its parts...I'm giving this recipe three stars because I was not terribly impressed with the results of using canned pineapple. I found it produced a somewhat bland, watery sauce. That said, I like the idea of the recipe and will DEFINITELY make it again using fresh pineapple instead. The combination of citrus and honey is a delicious enhancement to fresh fruit without being overbearing. I have no doubt that using ll fresh fruit will make this a five-star fruit salad. Thanks for the recipe!

40 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2006
Oat Applesauce Muffins
Perfecto! I made this recipe using plain yogurt instead of buttermilk, and I added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. The muffins were wonderfully soft and slightly chewy with a mild sweet flavor. People who like cakey, sugary muffins may be disappointed with this recipe, but I loved it, as I prefer a slightly dense and slightly sweet "tea cake" with my coffee. I would eat these muffins for breakfast or dessert. Verdict? Healthy, tasty, quick to make, and filling--who could ask for more from a humble muffin?

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2006
Mango Lassi II
Refreshing and healthy to boot! Use natural yogurt (no thickeners or stabilizers) for best results. I did not use nearly as much sugar as the recipe called for, as my mangoes were very ripe. You must enjoy the flavor of yogurt to appreciate this drink. Thanks for the recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2006

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