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Home Town: Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
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Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
These really are excellent cookies! I live at high altitude (over 6000 ft) and I've struggled to make decent chocolate chip cookies all these years. Even with all the tricks I know for baking at high altitude, they always flatten out, spread out and get really crispy. I want that "classic" chocolate chip cookie: substantial but not cake-like and not flat, with crispy edges and chewy in the center. THESE turned out exactly like I wanted! I was literally surprised to open the oven and find nicely round, uniform cookies! I halved the recipe and mixed it by hand (just preference @ 10 pm), but the *only* adjustments I made were minor: I added about 1 Tbsp more of flour, and only used 1/2 C (for half a recipe) of mini chocolate chips. Definite do-over! Thank you, Dora! :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2013
Chai Tea Mix
I am enjoying a mug of "Chai" right now. :) I don't used processed foods or dried milk products and can't have caffeine, so I modified a bit. I decided to just make a Chai spice mix, then I can add to whatever suits my fancy. :) I used half the sugar (I was only going to make half a recipe at first), then went for the full size on the spices (including the ones in the header) - and blended it all to a powder. It turned out to be just the right ratio for me. For the tasty mug I'm drinking now - I dissolved 3 heaping teaspoons of the mix in half a mug of boiling water, and topped it all off with heavy whipping cream. Very yummy and just the thing for a bedtime snack. :)

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Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2010
Hot Water Pie Crust II
I think I have finally found a pie crust dough that works!! Finally! it can truly be "easy as pie!" I just wanted to do a test batch, so I made 1/4 of the recipe, wondering if it would even work, 'cause that ends up being only 2 Tbsps of hot water. I used Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening and followed the recipe exactly. After stirring until the dough came together, I dumped it out on a sheet of parchment paper, formed it into a flat 1/2 disk, covered with Saran Wrap, and popped into the 'fridge for MAYBE 2 or 3 min. After clearing off my counter, I pulled the dough packet out of the fridge, placed the whole shebang on the back side of a cookie sheet and using a smooth-sided water bottle (cuz I can't find my rolling pin), VERY easily rolled the whole thing out into an oblong, roughly 1/4" thick. I took the Saran Wrap off, sprinkled some sugar and cinnamon over the top of the dough, and put the whole thing into a pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 10 min. It came out tender and flaky and crisp - just like a pie dough should. Good flavor too! I was inspired to do more with this than just eat it :) - so I spread some left-over homemade cream cheese frosting over the crust while still warm, then evenly spooned on some warm spiced chunky applesauce I'd just made. I cut this up into "chunks" (wow! was that crust tender and flaky to cut through!) and it makes an awesome flat apple tart! :D

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Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2010

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