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Living Well

Living Well
Home Town: Buffalo, New York, USA
Living In: Abilene, Texas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2000
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Banana Pudding
Me and Daisy - they grow up so fast!
A wedding cake I made
My son Adam and his dog "Little Bit"
About this Cook
I am a professional chef. I have two wonderful kids and I love to cook with my children. My son is really into helping in the kitchen - and my daughter has been cooking since she was eight! My love of cooking came from my dear Gramma Papp. She taught me to cook, can, bake, crochet, garden, and love life! I eat gluten free for health reasons. I think that a gluten free diet opens you up to a world of nutritious alternatives that you would otherwise miss out on. I have been exposed to so many new foods and cooking techniques because of it. I am also eating more fruits, veggies, and less meat. So far since starting this new way of eating I have lost 45 pounds! I do an 80/20 split. I eat healthy 80 percent of the time and "cheat" within reason 20 percent of the time. That way I know I can indulge and get right back on the wagon the next day without guilt.
My favorite things to cook
I just LOVE desserts! I adore cake decorating. I enjoy the old fashioned recipes, the ones people don't use any more for "lack of time". I love to cook from scratch and have recently been exploring my heritage and experimenting with many Pennysylvania Dutch recipes. My forte remains baking, candy making, and decorating cakes though!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make a big deal out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. For New Years we have a "nibble tray buffet" that my kids look forward to every year. When times are hard, they will gladly skimp on Thanksgiving and Christmas to get the nibble tray buffet on New Years! Holidays are my favorite time of the year! We really do up Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New years. The whole family gets into the planning and preparation of food and snacks every year.
My cooking triumphs
I just love it when I throw something together from things on hand and come up with a new family favorite! I donated a three layered chocolate fudge wedding cake topped with fresh glazed strawberries and delicate chocolate lace pieces to a dear friend for her wedding. It was wonderful - and one of the most technically challenging cakes I have made to date!
My cooking tragedies
When I was a child I put one cup instead of one teaspoon of salt into a cookie recipe. I was so embarrased I threw it over the back fence into the field. The next day all the weeds had died under it!
Recipe Reviews 54 reviews
Wedding Cake Frosting
I got a mushy soup when I made it. I had to almost double the sugar to get it to have any thickness at all!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2014
Four Egg Yellow Cake
Just pulled them out of the oven! I used butter instead of shortening and increased the flour to 3 cups since it was very "liquidy." I also used 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder instead of 3 teaspoons. That's a joke - 3 teaspoons IS one tablespoon! Lol! Anyway, the batter tasted heavenly. They rose well and baked up with a nice firm crumb. Nothing at all resembling corn bread! They had a larger crumb, not a fine one, so I think that may be where people are getting the cornbread thing from. They tasted wonderful! My friend was here when I pulled the out of the oven and he suggested more butter. Next time I will put a teaspoon of butter flavoring in them to see if that makes a difference. I was going for more of a butter cake than a yellow cake though so that's why I was thinking more butter flavor. They held up well to being filled with ganache and I think it is a nice, basic, versatile cake recipe that I will add to my arsenal for sure! I see it as a perfect blank canvas to make my own variations with - a good, solid contender!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2014
Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge
OK I love this recipe. It is super creamy and melts in your mouth. It almost has the consistency of very soft caramels! I adjusted the recipe based on other peoples recommendations by using 1 tablespoon butter instead of 1/4 cup. I cooked it for 7 minutes instead of 5. I used melted marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff because it was all I had. I am going to try it with the fluff tomorrow when I can get to the store - I will update this review then! My son said he thought the vanilla was a bit strong but I use real vanilla and not the imitation so that may have been why. I will cut it to 1/2 teaspoon and see if that helps. Personally though I like the vanilla flavor! One suggestion - have your pan ready as this stuff sets up fast!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2013
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