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Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor
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Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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At the rodeo
About this Cook
I'm a recent college grad, looking to start my teaching career soon! When I lived with my parents, they were very reluctant to let me take charge in the kitchen, and my dorm didn't have a kitchen. So I had to wait until my junior year of college to really start cooking for real. Now that I'm staying with my parents again for a couple of months, they're still reluctant to let me cook for them, but I'm trying to win them over!
My favorite things to cook
I like making pasta or fish, since I'm not so big on meat. In general, I just love trying new things. My mother is a teacher, and so we had pretty Kraft-esque meals and shopping lists: simple, but good. We never tried anything new, and so I figured that those other foods must be expensive - not so! Now I'm finding all sorts of new foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has THE best cornbread recipe! We also have great sausage ball, cheese ball, and applesauce cake recipes. Some people may find it monotonous, but I love that our Thanksgiving meal has been the same since I was a child: turkey, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and crescent rolls. Mmmmm, mmm!
My cooking triumphs
My boyfriend and I were having our first romantic dinner at home, and I was cooking. I made salmon to go with our pinot noir, and it went PERFECTLY! I recreated that meal also for my parents one evening, and it went just as well. It's one of my stand-bys now. I considered myself to be an officially successful cook the night that I made shrimp scampi without a recipe! As far as baking goes, I spent all Christmas break 2009 baking. My favorite was the gingerbread church, complete with steeple and stained glass!
My cooking tragedies
I always seem to burn myself when cooking. *sigh* Also, there seem to be a million tragedies every time I make a gingerbread house, but my wonderful boyfriend helps me see they're not the end of the world, or even of the house. :)
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Pecan Pie Muffins
This was an excellent recipe! The only problem I had was trying to cream the butter with the eggs. I eventually gave up and just added in the rest of the ingredients. They turned out well, though! Like some other reviewers, I added about a tablespoon more flour and used Baker's Joy, and they turned out great! I also used a regular muffin tin (it made 10 muffins) and they turned out just fine.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2010
Banana Crumb Muffins
I made these for two separate events, and they were a HIT! One of my friends even called them "slap-your-mama" good. I added lots more cinnamon to the batter and the topping, as well as some nutmeg and vanilla. I also used two bananas and a half cup of cinnamon applesauce (one individual package). Next time, I'll try them vegan, using an extra banana instead of egg, oil instead of melted butter, and only cinnamon and brown sugar on top. (I live in Austin, so vegan food is really quite common.)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 31, 2010

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