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Summer F

Summer F
Home Town: Oregon, USA
Living In: Oregon, USA
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I love food and cooking. I'm studying Nutrition Science at OSU.
My favorite family cooking traditions
So many good cooks/recipes in my family: Grandma's macaroni & cheese, hot fudge sauce, salmon loaf (like meat loaf, but with salmon); Grandpa's shortbread; Mom's mocha brownies, greens side dishes (she does wonders with kale, chard, spinach, etc)
My cooking triumphs
I once made a full Thanksgiving meal including the stuffed turkey. I'm now at the level of cooking where I rarely follow a recipe to the "T." I know what ingredients I need to keep and what I can get away with increasing/decreasing or leaving out all together. I am gradually creating more of my own original recipes too.
My cooking tragedies
Several years ago, before I knew that glass pans and broiling temperatures don't mix, I took a 13" X 9" out of the oven so proud and looking forward to the meat in it. As soon as I set it down on the stove, the whole thing shattered in front of me. XD
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Peanut Butter Frosting
Very tasty recipe. A little temperamental though. Here are some tips to avoid frustration. 1) Your frosting mixture should be at a gentle simmer (or it may burn) so adjust the heat accordingly. I had to use med-low since med-high was bubbling way too furiously. 2) Melt and mix butter, cream, peanut butter, and vanilla first, then gradually mix in sugars. 3) Taste test as you add the sugars: I found 1 cup of each type to be plenty sweet, so I left out the 2nd cup of confectioners' sugar. 4) Keep gently simmering and stirring constantly (not frequently) until all sugar is dissolved. 5) Spread quickly and use the back of a spoon to pound it out if necessary. As stated in the recipe, quick spreading is important. As it cools (quickly) the PB oil makes the frosting not want to stick very well. It just wants to peel right off. Fortunately, my brownies were 95% covered by then with only a little unevenness, so I took the back of a spoon and pounded it even. It was my first time making this recipe and it came out awesome with the mentioned modifications. I gave it 4 stars because I really didn't change much, I just had to take a few unmentioned steps.

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2010

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