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Living In: Auburn, Washington, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I dream of becoming a Pastry Chef...I adore trying out new homemade cake recipes and frostings. Even if i don't, baking will always be a hobby of mine. One thing that I really don't care for is a cook (professional chef or at-home foodie) that can't take criticism on their dishes. There is always room for improvement on any dish, no matter what kind or the circumstance.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking!! Cakes and cupcakes are my favorite, but anything will do. In the more mainstream line of cooking though, pasta sauces drive me wild. There is no end to what you can put over a good bowl of noodles!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Never trust a skinny cook (LOL!!) Im a hefty girl, but you don't see me holding back the butter on the dishes I serve people. Flavor is one of the best things in life, so don't give it up!! The secret to enjoying the things you want is moderation. So, enjoy!!!!
My cooking triumphs
I spent a year in a half in a kitchen with one of the most amazing chefs I know, Marci Killian. She was my instructor at Auburn High School in Auburn, Wa, Advance Culinary Arts. I got to experiment with whatever I could dream of (mostly soups) and gained a lot of experience and confidence. Anything I made in that kitchen was a triumph for me!
My cooking tragedies
One word....vinegar. My Oma's recipe for German Potato Salad was one that I butchered while trying to replicate for class. Big uh-oh! It was so acidic that we needed to throw the whole bowl away. Oh well, ya live and ya learn :)
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Italian Buttercream
Straight forward....I LOVE this idea...It is PERFECT for piping! But before you actually use this recipe,There are a LOT of tweaks that you might want to consider: (1) This frosting has NO taste (besides a strong aftertaste of butter); I recommend using both Almond AND vanilla extract. (2) 2 2/3 Cup of shortening was waaaay too much in the original recipe (I could tell just by looking at the darn thing), so I cut it down to 1/3 cup and it worked great. (3) Do NOT substitute margarine for butter. TIPS: (1)If you can, use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. I started off with a hand mixer, but ended up switching to my stand mixer to get the final fluffy finish. (2) Put frosting in a piping bag FIRST, then place in the fridge to cool. It started to separate when it got too warm from holding it (like all frostings do).

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Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2012

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