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Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Lemon Pound Cake III
The Bellydancer
Cranberry Nut Bread in mini loafs.
About this Cook
I have not cooked a lot since becoming single about 5 years ago, but I used to whip up the most delicious soups and deserts for dinner parties and other festivities! I am a vegetarian so I like to make food that is interesting and tasty, as well as fulfilling and healthy. I live in Newburyport, MA, a wonderful historic seaport just 30 miles north of Boston. As a single person for the last 5 years I hardly did any cooking at all, but now I am re-teaching myself. At first, many of my tries failed, but perseverance prevailed and alas, my cooking and baking skills have improved immensely! I cannot wait till I meet someone special to make meals with and share in festive baking, and eating freshly baked cookies in bed...:)
My favorite things to cook
I like to make soups, vegetarian meals, cakes, torts, pies, cookies, and candy. I like holiday cooking, and summer cooking. I like to make healthy casseroles that last a few meals. I like to host dinner parties and share nice food, fine wine and good talk and laughs with my friends and family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mac n Cheese, Shephards pie, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies. All the comfort foods, I know :)
My cooking triumphs
I once make a Vienna tort once. Mmm mmm mmm!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make a special birthday cake for myself last summer and it just didn't work! The batter was delish, the frosting tasted dreamy, but I had to toss it out as it just fell completely apart! Went to super market and bought cake there ! :)
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
English Toffee
ok I just wasted 2 batches of ingredients on this. I made it last year and it came out great! Maybe I used a different pan or something, but I poured off 1/2 cup of butter before pouring the second batch out and the result was still swimming in a lagoon of oil. Oh well, I'll see how it turns out, but I think it's easier to go buy english toffee in the nice candy shop in town next year and save myself the grief, the mess and waste of time and money. Congrats, to those who have succeded, it probably was something I did wrong as I have made this last year and it was GREAT!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2010
Pumpkin Roll
It's the first time I made it and it tasted better than it looked. I had a hard time with it. My batter was too thin and didn't fill the cookie/ jelly sheet. Next time I won't add the pecans to the batter cake batter, but maybe to the frosting, finely chopped. The frosting was runny. When the cake part was done, it seemed too thin and I had a hard time rolling it without it cracking when the frosting was in it because it was too thin in places. I froze it over night. It wasn't very pretty, so thank goodness for confectioner's sugar! People complimented it at the party, but it was hard to cut, even with a serrated knife. I chalk it up to being a beginner at making roll cakes. Maybe next time, I will make it in a smaller jelly roll pan, and add more confectioners sugar to the frosting while mixing to make it thicker and creamier.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2007
Cranberry Nut Bread II
A no fail recipe! Cranberry Nut Bread is my favorite holiday treat! I followed the recipe to the letter, but made them in individual pans rather than one big one. They freeze beautifully, and look and taste fresh when defrosted. They smell heavenly while baking. No fuss magic!

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2006

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