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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
About this Cook
Food is my religion.
My favorite things to cook
Since its my religion, it would be blasphemy not to practice all kinds of cuisines :). I like to cook everything that my budget and kitchen appliances allow me to. I mostly enjoy baking.... I revere the holy bastion of bread & cake baking. I prostrate before the ethereally sublime bouquet of freshly baked artisan breads. A freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread or a chewy bagel for breakfast fill my soul with gastronomical nirvana. A luscious slice of cake fills my heart with rapture.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We love spicy, full bodies dishes with lots of flavor. So I generally cook foods of Asian origin
My cooking triumphs
Too many to list here....
My cooking tragedies
Too few to remember. But nothing catastrophic, I always found a way to triumph over any impediments.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Swan's Summer Soup
I wouldn't rate this recipe 'The best' coz I am sure there are better recipes out there. But this soup is a pretty darned good one. Very refreshing as lunch/dinner on a hot summer day. I juiced 4 fresh tomatoes and added a good meaure of baby carrots to the juicer as well. So the soup base was a combination of carrot and tomato juice. To this juice I added 4 bruised/smashed, garlic cloves to add some flavor. I then rubbed the cloves into the juice with my hands, making sure the cloves did not disintegrate. I then fished out the pieces of garlic. I cheated and used canned corn. But all the other ingredients were fresh. I love lemon juice in my soups, so I was generous with it and the pepper. I finished it off by adding a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil straight into the soup and gave it a stir. Served this soup with slices of crusty three cheese bread from Panera and a side of Low fat cucumber & dill salad. My family thoroughly enjoyed this soup. I will definitely make it again when I need something light, refreshing and healthy.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2007
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
I started out very skeptical with this recipes. I have tried quite a few biscotti recipes, but they never held their shape quite right, ended up browning too much or had a wooden,unappetizing look. With this recipe, I played it safe and omitted the nuts. I have to say this does make a lot of difference in how the biscotti shape up. I had no problem cutting the logs into slices.Very few crumbs! I am also not a big fan of almond essence and didn't have any on hand anyways, so I omitted it. I replaced the almond essence with a few drops of orange oil.... and WOW!The flavor was unbelievable. This was part of my menu of Christmas goodies and everyone loved them!! Definitely my favorite biscotti so far. As far as the dough goes, it does tend to get very sticky. I greased my hands with olive oil instead of water to handle the dough. Shaping the dough was a piece of cake. I think this helped give the biscotti a lovely light golden color. Also, the parchment paper helps evenly brown the biscotti.So as far as possible avoid using bare cookie sheets, foil lined sheets or silicone mats. If it were not for the omissions,I would have given the recipe a 5. I can't wait to try this recipe with new fruits and flavors

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2006
Mama D's Italian Bread
Taste- 3.5/5. Appearance-4/5: Had a nice smooth and brown crust very unlike the one in the pciture. Hopefully I can upload a picture of it soon. Proofing- 3/5:Dough rose very well. I proof dough in the oven with the oven light on. But after the first rise, the bread's moisture content had increased. The dough seemed to sweat and became very gooey. Texture-3.5/5:Bread had very nicely distributed holes. On the downside the bread wasnt as soft as bakery bread. Crust- 4/5:This bread had the thinnest crust for any bread that I have baked, which is what I like.Didnt spray with any water--just brushed with oil. Bake time- I actually only needed 25 mins of baking time. I reduced the amount of salt to 1 tsp.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2006
 
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