Saroora Profile - (12464263)

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Living In: Rochester, New York, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm Muslim American of Irish-Italian decent. I married an Arab man and learned a lot about Middle Eastern cooking from my mother-in-law (may God rest her soul). I spent time in Brazil and Mexico as a teenager and so I'm familiar with many South American dishes. I'm a mother to 3 hungry boys and love food myself, especially Indian food and sweets. I do a lot of entertaining, so I'm accustomed to cooking/baking in large quantities and making dishes that are not only delicious, but also visually appealing.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads and sweets, especially classic American desserts (chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, pies, etc).
My favorite family cooking traditions
1) middle eastern harissa and qima during Muharram, 2) classic chai for guests, 3) the entire traditional Thanksgiving meal.
My cooking triumphs
i once made a giant dish of baklava with the most beautiful star-shaped design, which i brought to the office. not only was the flavor a hit, but the presentation was stunning.
My cooking tragedies
During my oldest son's 5th bbq b-day party, we burned 35 chicken quarters. I was later informed that i should boil the meat ahead of time. Pizza and chili have since replaced the BBQ food and become a family tradition for birthday parties.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies
I became a member of allrecipes just so that i could rate this wonderful recipe. Everything about this recipe is just right, but for religious purposes, we do not consume anything with alcohol, so i eliminated the anise extract and opted to grind 1 Tbs of anise seed instead (perhaps a minute difference in flavor intensity, but I'll never know.) Small imperfections in the shape bake right out as they rise a little, making it super easy to make a beautiful cookie! I brought these to a party and was told that they look too good to be homemade... I've made them twice this week and I have MULTIPLE requests to bake them for upcoming community events. The flavor and texture are perfect for coffee/tea time. Really, these cookies have improved my baking reputation. I can't thank you enough for posting this.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2011

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