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Sonya


Sonya
 
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Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I love to eat, bake, and cook, in that order. I am not an intuitive cook, but thanks to good recipes, I am a gourmet cook! I would be lost without my recipes!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are desserts. I probably bookmark 50 new dessert recipes for every 1 savory recipe. I love all kinds of desserts equally: cakes, cookies, homemade ice cream, candies, puddings, pies, cobblers... I can't imagine living without any of these kinds of dessert :) I also love all sorts of breads, from sandwich breads to scones, biscuits, muffins, quick breads, cornbread, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have any traditions; it's just the two of us (no kids yet) and I cook everything from scratch. We rarely have store-bought snacks in the cupboard because I'm always dreaming up what I want to cook next!
My cooking triumphs
Probably the more unusual stuff that I never imagined I'd be able to do when I was younger, such as homemade chicken broth or cooking my first turkey :). I make my own pasta, tortillas, pita bread, crackers, yogurt, ricotta cheese, vanilla extract, ice cream, puddings, candies, etc. My most difficult candy recipe was the Snicker's remake from Chow.com which involved a caramel layer, a peanut nougat, and tempered chocolate, and turned out delicious.
My cooking tragedies
I mostly use America's Test Kitchen recipes, which are tested to be fool-proof and really really detailed in instructions, along with their recommended ingredients and cooking equipment, so with all of those advantages, I rarely have a cooking tragedy. Sometimes the food is mediocre and I don't repeat the recipe, but that's the only bad thing that ever (usually) happens. Once in a while, I have a dud recipe or make a major mistake. I have burned caramel once, and there was a fried zucchini recipe that totally flopped (from The Mixer Bible cookbook), but mostly everything turns out fine. And I still love that cookbook, which has some real hits along with some misses. Some other odd recipes came from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook (Tropical Quinoa Custard, anyone?) - lol. But most of the recipes from that book are AMAZING, so I can't complain about a few weird ones, especially in a "healthy" book :)
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Caramels
Mmmm, these turned out so good! I had made another Caramel candy which turned out perfectly smooth, but kind of boring in flavor, and I wanted to try something new. I love the brown sugar flavor in these. I did read at David Lebovitz's blog that brown sugar (b/c of the moisture, I think) can cause the texture to suffer in caramels, but I am either not observant enough or I didn't care. These had the richer, deeper flavor that I was after. I cooked them to 244 degrees per reviewers recommendations, and they are soft and chewy the next day. This will be my go to caramel recipe now. Highly recommended!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2014
Smoky Mac 'n Cheese
Delicious and more interesting than the average mac 'n cheese! Will make again when in the mood for mac 'n cheese. Husband loved it too.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 14, 2010
Creamy Carrot With Curry Soup
I LOVE this soup. My husband wasn't quite so sure but said it was "okay". My co-worker said it looked like mustard. Hence the 4 stars. However, it is absolutely delicious to me, and I'll be making it again for myself :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2010
 
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