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Home Town: Holliston, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm single, and cooking for one got old a long time ago; however, I love to cook for my family and friends...
My favorite things to cook
Cheesecake, cakes, cookies, candies. I have made wedding cakes for friends. (They're a lot of work, but worth it for friends...) When I go to a potluck I like to fill in whatever is needed, so I can use one of my tried and true recipes, or try something altogether new. I have more recipes than I will probably ever be able to use...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are filled with family traditions- Mom's family meat dressing- the best! Cranberry-orange relish, and for a week following, the turkey, dressing, and relish sandwiches! And the whole family clamors for Peanut Butter BonBons at Christmastime...
My cooking triumphs
Cheesecakes- Praline Pecan, Peppermint Stick w/Fudge Ripple, and Irish Cream, to name a few of my family's favorites. I won a healthy cooking contest with my Chicken Stir Fry. I particularly like my Tortellini Salad...
My cooking tragedies
"Mint Chocolate Anise Fudge" No really, I was just finishing a batch of "Mint Chocolate Fudge", and had just removed it from the heat to add the vanilla. I was pouring the extract from the spoon into the fudge mixture, when I got a whiff of "licorice". (Ugh!) I realized that I had picked up anise extract at the store rather than vanilla. (I don't even use anise extract!) My roommate suggested that I bring the fudge to work anyway, so I did. Well, of all the things I had brought to work over the years, that was the only thing that wasn't scoffed up! (It has made a great story, however!)
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Great recipe! I made this recipe last week and again today with some changes (hoping to make it a little healthier). As suggested by others, I replaced half the oil with applesauce. I also reduced the sugar to 2 1/2 cups (replacing 1 cup with brown sugar). I used all whole-wheat flour, increased the cinnamon from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, and added 2 cups chopped walnuts. This recipe makes the three small loaves as written OR (2) regular 9x5" loaves OR (1) 9x5" loaf and a dozen muffins OR (1) 9x5" loaf and (6) Texas-sized muffins. Yummm!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2010
Simple White Cake
This is a nice, dense blank canvas-type cake. (I would have given it 4 1/2 stars, as it wasn't the best, but pretty good.) It isn't too sweet, and it doesn't have much flavor by itself. I put a strawberry/diced mango combo on top and frosted it with whipped cream. I cooked the cake in an 8 by 11 inch glass pan, and it turned out perfectly.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 28, 2009
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
Couldn't get any easier! It was delicious, even using fat-free sour cream.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2009

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