tamijo Profile - Allrecipes.com (13086283)


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Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Southern
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Wine Tasting
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My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal for my family and friends. Our menu is outrageous! The quantity of food is mind-boggling. Over the years I've found or developed a lot of good make-ahead recipes to make the pre-meal crunch less overwhelming, and I believe that our family Thanksgivings are memorable for all who partake. I also love to bake an elaborate old-fashioned gingerbread house every Christmas season. My kids have always really looked forward to this particular tradition. I even teach a class to friends and neighbors in the baking and construction of their own gingerbread houses every year, as my gift.
My cooking tragedies
My worst tragedy occurred when I was a preschool teacher. I invited a personal friend who happened to be a dentist to visit my students to talk about oral hygiene. Later, as a thank-you, I made him one of my "famous" homemade cheesecakes. Now, as a preschool teacher, I made lots of homemade playdoh, which requires a great deal of salt, which I bought in bulk. Well, my salt container was clearly way too similar to my sugar container in appearance, and that cheesecake for my dentist friend? I'll bet you can guess by now what my worst cooking disaster was!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Clone of a Cinnabon
Just awesome! My family loves these! I'm making them this morning for Christmas!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2010
Sourdough Starter I
I've been making this bread for years and it's definitely a family favorite!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2008
Sourdough Bread I
This has been a family favorite for YEARS in my household. I never have a problem with rising and here's a secret: I bought a heater for seedlings at a nursery. It lies very flat and is intended to mimic the warm soil of spring, to give the seedlings a head start. I use it to raise my bread and starters, because my house tends to be drafty sometimes. Works great! Another type of heater that works great is the kind meant to stick to the bottom of a terrarium, for reptiles. You can use either heater to make a little "proofing box" for your breads and starters. (My oven doesn’t have a pilot light; if it did, that would be the perfect proofing box.) Here’s my favorite recipe for this bread: Pepper-cheese bread: When combining ingredients for bread add about 1-2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper. Let rise 12 hours then add 2 cups grated cheese. Knead cheese in well, divide into two loaves for second rising and proceed as for plain bread.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2008
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