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Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I live in Sunny Southern California with my DH and two daughters. We live close to the beach and spend a lot of our free time there. We also do a lot of camping together. I enjoy cooking (with a glass of wine in hand, of course!) and although I don't think of myself as a great cook, people alway compliment me on it! One thing that always amazes people is that I have no problem cooking for 50-70 people and it's often times mostly recipes I have not made before (I cheat and use all the 5 star ones from here and recipezaar.com!).
My favorite things to cook
I love to eat anything ethnic- Asian, Thai, Indian, etc.. but I'm not sure it's my favorite to cook. I really enjoy baking. And my favorite thing to bake is bread- and no cheating with the bread machine. People always think it is so difficult. It is really easy, just time consuming.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking banana bread with my daughters.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas party every year for 70-90 people- all homemade appitizers, soups, stews, salad, bread and desserts- all made by me!!
My cooking tragedies
Knock on wood- can't think of any.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Baked Chicken & Brussels Sprouts
BORING, dried out and bland!!! The chicken dried out, the brussel sprouts were bland and the onion was icky! And I even spiced it up by deglazing the frying pan with about 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar and 3 Tbsp maple syrup, adding the chicken back in for a minute then back to the baking dish. Then I dumped all the sauce over the top before I covered it. Without this I think it might have been a 2 star (and I really like brussel sprouts!). Sorry, I won't be making this one again.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2010
Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
It didn't really work for me either! At least not for what I wanted. It wasn't a bad frosting, just not fluffy or stiff enough. I did add a little extra butter as was recommeded by another poster, but I added some extra powdered sugar to compensate. I whipped it for almost 10 minutes and thought it looked OK, but when I started to put it in the icing bag, I knew I was in for trouble! Because of timing, I went ahead and used it on the cupcakes I had planned to use it on, but the pipping tip marks dissapeared as soon as I got done pipping the frosting on (just a basic big circle around the cupcake with a little poof for the top) and the poof I added to the top feel and melted into the frosting right away. Luckily the frosting wasn't so loose that it was dripping off the cupcakes- but it wasn't far from it. *side note- it is almost 80 degrees today, so that may not have helped (no a/c at our house- usually don't need it). I put the cupcakes in the fridge to see if the frosting would get a little firmer and it did, but I'm sure as soon as the warm up again it will be too runny. Oh well! They taste good!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2009
Just had "Oprah's Pomegranate Martini" from Recipezaar.com a few nights ago at a party and thought it would be fun and festive to make a few at home (with Thanksgiving tomorrow, fun and festive is in order!). Anyway, as I did not have any citrus vodka and would not be caught dead at the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving, I was looking for a recipe that use Pomegranate juice and regular vodka and everyone raved about this one, right? Sorry, but I was VERY UNIMPESSED! I followed the recipe exactly and as we had company over I didn't get a chance to fiddle with the portions of juice to Orange Liqueur to tell what would work- my guess, less Orange Liqueur, more juice (and not to water it down- I just couldn't taste the Pomegranate juice). All I can say is my DH took one sip, made an aweful taste and said "NO, THANK YOU! UCK!" Needless to say we switched to wine (one person did really like it thought- one out of 6). Sorry, but I will not be making this recipe again! Pomegranate Martinis- yes, but not with this recipe. If you like martinis- you will probably not like this recipe!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2006
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