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Marie Taylor

Marie Taylor
Home Town: Montana, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I just started baking a couple months ago and found out I really enjoy it. To say I'm a beginner is an understatement, haha. I'm learning by making mistakes (and then eating them). It's been a great adventure. *Update: now that I am in college, I am baking/cooking deprived! I need to figure out how to fit it into my life here.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make anything new and different from what I've made before. A recipe has to be extremely good for me to make it more than once. So far my favorites are any kind of cake and granola bars. Cooking, I love pasta dishes but I'll try anything really.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have the best person in the world to learn from, my mother, who knows the best way to do just about everything:)
My cooking triumphs
The third cake I've ever decorated, the Italian Creme Layer cake, which I made for my mom's birthday. Turned out beautiful and just as tasty as it looked. Also my Pavlova which wasn't as much to look at but is probably my new favorite dessert!
My cooking tragedies
I made a pan of muffins once that still shames me to this day, since I absentmindedly oversalted them. No one likes salty muffins. Yuck. Also, the first cake I ever made due to a mixup had granulated sugar in the frosting. The result was of course gritty cake. We still laugh about the "sandy beach cake" to this day.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Low-Fat Banana Bread
This banana bread recipe has great flavor. I made one change because of what I had on hand, which was to use 1/2 cup buttermilk instead of the mayo. The banana bread was delicious but I did notice the crust was a little rubbery--possibly because I didn't use mayo? Either way it's worth a little sacrifice in texture for the lower fat. I will definitely make it again!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2011
Basque Cake
This cake was very different to make, but the result was amazing. When pouring the batter into the pan, it seems like there is barely enough to encase the pastry filling, but there is--just make sure to completely seal in the filling. The only change I made was to add about half a cup of butter to the batter, because in all other recipes I found, they usually have some. I don't know how much difference it made, but a perfect cake came out with a beautiful layer of pastry in between. Very unusual texture and flavor--people who like it love it, but some don't. I loved it and will make it again.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2011
Italian Creme Layer Cake
This cake was perfect. Some of the other reviews said it needed double the icing, but for me it was perfect just the way it is following the recipe exactly. There was even enough frosting to do some pretty beaded piping around the edges. The cake tasted even better than it looked. It was even better the next day also!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2011

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