Napa_Grapes Profile - (12831615)

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Living In: Napa, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ
Hobbies: Gardening, Music, Wine Tasting
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Rosemary bread
Napa Grapes
About this Cook
I am currently enrolled in the culinary school at the Art Institute of California-Sacramento. I am studying Baking and Pastry Arts and absolutely LOVE it! I am in the kitchen pretty much always and love trying out new recipes which is why I am such a fan of this site!
My cooking triumphs
Made a wedding cake and 75 lemon meringue cupcakes for a wedding without an assistance.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Boiled Bagels
Great recipe! I used someone else's suggestion of putting molasses in the water instead of sugar, and the outsides came out crisp and brown. The insides are chewy and tasty. I used a heavy duty baking stone when baking mine. It took around 30-35 minutes just like the recipe said. I also separated the dough into 8 even pieces instead of 12 and the bagels came out the size you would find at a store. Keep in mind that the bagels are going to pretty much double in size both in height and diameter when put into the simmering water so don't worry if they look a little on the small side after proofing. I just may never buy bagels again! I like to get a nice piece of asiago, shred it, and put it on as a topping, The raw ingredients are so much cheaper then paying for bagels. It just takes a little bit of time, but is a very simple recipe to follow. Having made this recipe at least 10 times now, I must add that you will likely need to add more flour when kneading the dough. I usually knead mine in a Kitchenaide mixer and slowly sprinkle in flour till the dough comes together and is firmer because it will be wet and sticky at first which is not what you want...

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2011
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
WOW! This is the best recipe of apple pie I have ever made. I made my own pie crust and used this recipe for the filling/topping. The only small change that I made was that I added cinnamon to the heated brown sugar mixture that you pour on top. I feel that an apple pie needs cinnamon but that is a personal preference. Other than that, it is awesome! I got rave reviews at Thanksgiving.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2011
Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks
Nice simple recipe for a good piece of tuna. A few things though, first off I would advise to heat the skillet with oil and butter BEFORE seasoning the fish. If you put the salt on too early it will dry the fish out by drawing out the moisture. Second, I used only a pinch of salt on each side so maybe even a little less than what this calls for but its all about personal taste. Lastly I added a few splashes of white wine when I put the steaks in the pan. It not only adds a nice flavor to the fish but if you then take out the fish and add a little more wine while the pan is really hot it will deglaze your pan and leave you with a really nice white wine and peppercorn reduction (or pan gravy however you wanna call it) for your fish.

37 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2011

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