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Living In: The Middle Of Nowhere, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My husband and I are teachers, and so cooking is done in rather a hurry on the weeknights, and for fun on weekends and vacations. We enjoy making and eating the same old thing, once we have a really good way to do it, but we also enjoy trying out new recipes and playing around with the old ones. We especially like trying ethnic foods from just about everywhere. I also do a fair bit of cooking with my best friend when I see her each summer (she lives halfway across the continent.) We spend a fair amount of the visit cooking and baking, and her oldest girls like to help out as well.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, roasts, breads, cookies, breakfast foods, international dishes...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Slovak food! Haluski is the best food in the world!
My cooking tragedies
Well...there was the avocado ice cream...I liked it, but everyone else thought it truly terrible! Then there's the time the inside of the oven caught on fire...
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Exquisite Pizza Sauce
This is a lovely and easy to make sauce which I rely on. As written, it is extremely sweet; I use about a tsp of sugar instead. I don't use the anchovy paste, just because I don't have it on hand, so I don't know what effect that would have.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 4, 2013
Golden Sesame Cookies
Thank you! This is the closest thing I've ever found to my grandmother's recipe. She was German, though I don't know whether the recipe was or not, since she got a lot of recipes from friends over the years. Instead of rolling out and cutting the dough, I rolled the dough into 3 dozen balls (not quite 1 inch diameter) and flattened them with my palm. If you want the cookies crispy the whole way through (and you do!), bake them on a baking stone until the edges are lightly browned and leave them sit on the stone for a minute or two after you remove them from the oven. These cookies made my day!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2013
Ginger Bars
Mmm. Yes. Very much like a moist gingery blond brownie. With the relatively low ratio of liquid to dry ingredients, you'll probably find yourself spreading instead of pouring the batter into the pan. I'll probably add a whole tablespoon of ginger next time; if you, too, really love ginger, I'd go ahead and add that amount the first time you make this. If you're looking for something that tastes a little more like a traditional ginger cookie, you might want to add some cinnamon and cloves as well.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2013
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