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Home Town: California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Lemon peel
Brownie cupcake
About this Cook
I love to challenge myself with new recipes. I try to work with what I've got at home, but once in a while will splurge on new ingredients for a dish I really want to try. I like coming up with new things for dinner and especially like trying new desserts. I want to get better at soups and breads.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake — particularly brownies and bread pudding. I like to make bars and cookies that are different than what people normally find. Check out my food blog at
My cooking triumphs
Three recipes I've tried (with hesitation) and was pleasantly surprised by in the end were chocolate lava cakes; white bean and rosemary soup; and seared sea scallops with an orange reduction sauce. Each recipe turned out much better than expected, and I've made them multiple times.
My cooking tragedies
My gazpacho was a failure. I hadn't had gazpacho before, so I went into it without knowing how it was supposed to taste. Lesson learned.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
T's Sweet Potato Fries
This was my first time making any kind of fry, and I had trouble with this recipe. The fries were large and limp. Though they tasted fine, they weren't at all crisp. For those who try this recipe, I'd suggest cutting the fries thinner and baking them on parchment paper so they don't stick to the pan.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2011
Cocoa Banana Bars
I added two handfuls of chocolate chips, and I liked the contrast. The flavor was good, but I would like this to be more dense like a brownie. Be careful though ... these are light enough that they're addictive! Good for using up a few bananas that were going bad.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2009
Oatmeal Strawberry Bread
This was easy to make, and perfect for strawberries that needed to be used. Slicing them worked great because there weren't any really soggy spots in the finished product, a problem I've had with other recipes that called for the berries to be chopped. I made the recipe as is, and found it was just sweet enough. I think using brown sugar may make it richer-tasting, but it's not necessary.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2009

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