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Home Town: Commerce, Michigan, USA
Living In: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Shoofly Coffee Cake
My twin sister and I
More cupcakes!
About this Cook
I'm a poor post-college student trying to incorporate some of the exotic into the everyday, ordinary life. I've never traveled, but I plan on seeing the world some day. Cooking is a way for me to "venture out" a little and be creative here at home. I'd love to have a lot of money just to spend on cooking fantastic dishes and entertaining guests!
My favorite things to cook
Hmm, anything new and interesting! I love all sorts of ethnic foods. I usually do my best to eat healthily, cooking vegan and organic foods as much as possible, but I also have an insatiable sweet tooth!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad makes the best chili and spaghetti I've ever had, inspired by my grandmother's cooking. I also love big Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals with the whole family. Every Sunday my dad used to get a big brunch cooking for my mom, my sister, my brother, and I when we got home from Church. Even though I'm vegan and no longer eat any of these foods, I still cherish the memories and the time we continue to spend sharing these traditions.
My cooking triumphs
A couple of my friends once decided that another friend and I were going to go head-to-head in an "Iron Chef" competition... so, they left for a while and brought back the only ingredients we were allowed to use: pizza rolls, a frozen pepperoni pizza, spicy chicken taquitos, onion tater tots, and jalapeno potato chips... What on earth was I supposed to make with those??? Not only did all of the "ingredients" disgust me, but they didn't allow much room for creativity. Well, I was actually pretty proud of myself when I won with the "chicken jalapeno hash rolls"-- I scraped the cheesy-chicken gook out of the taquito shells, fried it with the mashed tater tots and some spices, added handfuls of crushed jalapeno chips, spooned the filling into the empty shells, and fried the rolls in a pan until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The boys loved them so much that I regretted a tiny bit not trying a bite for myself.
My cooking tragedies
Well, there are a lot of these... one that comes to mind is Reese's pancakes... peanut butter doesn't work in pancakes.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread
The bread tasted good but didn't rise at all.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2010
Simple Roasted Chickpea Snack
I didn't have any cumin, so I used about 1/4T each of cayenne pepper and curry powder, plus a little extra garlic powder and chili powder. These turned out pretty spicy this way. Some of the chick peas are really crispy while others are very soft in the middle, but they're still good. I will make these again on a better cookie sheet and see if that helps at all.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2010
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Tasted better before I added the sun-dried tomatoes. I think I may have just had too much. I used a little oil from the tomatoes in place of some of the olive oil too. I also omitted the basil, so maybe using that would have balanced the flavors a little more. I only used 1/2 tsp of salt and didn't think it needed more.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2010

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