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Denise Chelpka

Denise Chelpka
Home Town: Tempe, Arizona, USA
Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
Former teacher who loves to cook, read, quilt and collect as well as write with fountain pens.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that tastes good. If it doesn't taste good, why bother.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies, breads and making candies to share with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
My cooking triumphs
Creating simple, but fantastically tasty recipes.
My cooking tragedies
My first loaf of bread as a 10 year old, made without a recipe or enough knowledge to make it work. I baked a great door stop.
Recipe Reviews 54 reviews
Candied Kumquat Peels
Good recipe, but I found pre-boiling the peels to be unnecessary. I sliced the kumquats horizontally in about 1/4" slices. The middles were easy to "punch" out with a finger. I boiled the peels in the sugar solution about 15 minutes because I lost track of time. I strained the peels, saving the syrup to sweeten tea, and placed the peels on a mesh drying rack so air could get to both top and bottom. When the peels were almost totally dry, but still a little tacky, I shook them in granulated sugar. A great, fun snack.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2015
Low-Carb Fauxtato Salad
It is an excellent cauliflower salad. I steamed my cauliflower and then shocked it in cold water as another reviewer did so the cauliflower doesn't become mushy. 4 eggs is too many for one head of cauliflower unless you happen to find one of gargantuan size. I found 3 to be sufficient. The dill relish really makes this, I can't stand sweet pickles or sweet relish, and the dill relish gives it the kick it needs along with the mustard. I had made this quite some time ago after seeing the recipe posted on Facebook. I'm glad to see it here, to be able to review a very good recipe.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2015
Saltine Toffee Cookies
Always a good recipe for quick and easy Christmas gifts. I have also used graham crackers instead of saltines. Both are wonderful!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2014

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