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Home Town: Danville, California, USA
Living In: Walnut Creek, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Duck with Honey, Soy, and Ginger
Carrot Cake III
Buttery Soft Pretzels
Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse
About this Cook
My husband and I moved from California to England to begin graduate school 3 days after our wedding. So, newlywed life gets to be experienced in between dissertations, amongst student loans, and about 20°F colder than home. Our kitchen is 10 feet by 4 feet, we have no appliances besides a kettle, and everything is in metric. I cook him a special new dinner every month on our anniversary (yes, we still are counting months), and he buys the wine to go with it. I'm having the time of my life.
My favorite things to cook
Baking! Cookies for a long time, now branching into pies, cheesecakes, etc. Bread is my favorite: nothing is better than the feeling of kneading bread!
My favorite family cooking traditions
1) Pancakes and/or French Toast: the family special breakfast for ages. I first "made" pancakes when I was 2 years old. Honestly! We have a video - basically I stirred the batter and then sneezed in it. 2) Christmas Cookies! Since I was 12 all my friends would come over for a cookie baking girly sleepover. I think the standing record is 15 dozen cookies in one evening.
My cooking triumphs
1) Baking a cheesecake in a toaster oven! You heard me! 2) Making spaetzle without a huebel (hopefully if you know what I mean you can appreciate the triumph) 3) Saving recipes - newlywed grad students on a budget in a land without Costco run out of ingredients a lot, so things like making bread and realizing I only have 1 cup of flour... And yet they miraculously work out more often than not - it's all about creative thinking!
My cooking tragedies
Buttermilk Pie....... This was my favorite pie my grandma would make every holiday, and she has given me her recipe, but I just have never been able to make it set up correctly... It's a tragedy and I'm honestly traumatized...
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Grandmother's Pound Cake II
As it's just hubby and I (and I only had 2 eggs), I cut this down to a "1/3 Pound Cake" (10 servings) in one loaf pan, and it turned out great! Followed the recipe exactly, but pulled out of the oven at 60 minutes, because the edges were getting pretty dark. I let it cool in the pan on the counter probably another 20 before cutting it. So fluffy but moist and beautifully dense, as I think pound cake should be. I would love to make this in bundt shape sometime, but this is definitely going to be the recipe I keep going back to!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2013
Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting
The flavor of this was great, not super sweet globs of frosting, so a big hit with my parents. Only four stars because I wouldn't call it as sturdy as it seems to claim - held up pretty well at room temp, but it is so light and fluffy it kind of deflated over time.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2012
Beef Stroganoff II
As it was was too thick - used 1/2 can of milk to make a better consistency. Flavor was pretty good though for a really simple recipe.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2012
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