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L. Belle

L. Belle
Home Town: Long Beach, California, USA
Living In: Visalia, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Low Carb, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Reading Books
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Zucchini Walnut Bread
Baby Blue Punch
Belle at ARD
About this Cook
Now that I’m 58 years old I think I can say I've almost seen it all. I started helping my mother make cakes when I was a child in the fifties, and when my children were small I sold my decorated wedding cakes for side money. My children and I won many ribbons at the L.A. County Fair during the eighties which now collects dust...good memories. I went to college for my culinary degree, and this is when I fell in love with professional French cooking. After my divorce I purchased a small home which has a small kitchen, so I had no more room for my large collection of baking pans and decorating supplies. No one in my family has time to cook because they work, so I’m slowly selling off my collection I no longer use. Today I feel it’s easier to just go to Costco and let them make the cakes for my family. I’m into making cookies, candy, quick breads as gifts. I’ve lost a lot of weight, so I can no longer eat high calorie foods. I now enjoy just reading and collecting recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Cheesecakes and pies are the most requested desserts in my family. I enjoy making designer cookies, breads, soups, or anything in a crock pot or on my barbeque. But the number one thing I love to do is cook over an open fire during a campout. I enjoy a good campsite with something slowly cooking over an open fire. It brings the taste of food to a higher level.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Go swimming in the back yard as soon as you get home. When you get out of the family pool a nice open fire is ready for the hot dogs on a reshaped wire coat hanger. When the fire dies down to coals the marshmallows come out the family stories begins. It makes you want to write a book.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked and decorated a wedding cake for 450 people with no help. It took me months of planning, and in the end I slept for days after the wedding.
My cooking tragedies
Someone ordered a three tiered Wedding cake. I delivered cakes in town, but she wanted to take this cake to Vegas. I told her I was not responsible for the cake. She agreed on $75.00 which was a good deal for her and me. This cake was 2 ½ feet tall, so I reinforced the tiers with dowel wood from the top to bottom. The day came and she pulls up in my front yard with her boyfriend’s 1964 Mustang he just reconditioned. She loved the cake and paid me cash, but I warned her that cakes were hard to drive with because of traffic. As I was telling her to be careful she disregarded my warning with the roll of her eyes. She placed it in the front on the floor, but I told her it wasn’t a good spot, and again she rolled her eyes. It wasn’t even four hours after she pulled away from the curb when I heard she was driving too fast and had to slam on her brakes. The cake went under the dash and all over her legs. I told her...LOL!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Zucchini Walnut Bread
I love this bread, but I had to change it so I could eat it. People who take blood thinners, Warfarin, cannot eat very many green vegetables, so I had to peel the zucchini. I also changed the sugar. I used one cup of light brown sugar and one cup of white sugar. I replaced the one cup of raisins with another cup of zucchini. You're going to love this bread so give it a try.

50 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2008
Baby Blue Punch
I just made this for my daughter's baby shower. People said it was good, but I didn't see many people drinking it. I went by the recipe, and the final cost (including rubber duck) was $10 for one fill. We tossed most of it in the end. I loved the idea of this punch, but if no one drinks it why make it again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2008
Honey Bun Cake I
I was going to a convention, so I needed a cake that would travel with me and didn't need to be on ice. We all drank coffee in our hotel rooms, and I wanted something different than donuts. When the cake cooled and was firm, I cut it up into two inch squares so it would be easy to grab one while drinking coffee. Everyone loved it. Very sweet, but with a hot cup of strong coffee it was a hit. I did add 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts, and a little water to the powder sugar frosting. I've never told anyone the name of the cake, but people were telling me it tasted like a honey bun. A winner!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2008
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