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Jim of Alexandria

Jim of Alexandria
Home Town: Marshall, Texas, USA
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Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Cooking is my number one hobby. My other big hobby is reading. I like to read classic literature, note the delicious or interesting-sounding things in those books, and research and cook them myself. My wife and I love to hold dinner parties, though the activity exhausts us for a week. In my documentation on allrecipes.com I'll try to put together dinner plans like those we use.
My favorite things to cook
Pies from scratch, ice cream, breakfast dishes of every description, Southern favorites, Mexican and Italian food. The doctors say my blood is low in bad fat and high in the stuff they want, and I hope the docs are right. My cooking is high in butter and milkfat. Period. But oh so delicious.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Vicki and I like working in the kitchen together at a furious pace, even though many closets are larger than our kitchen. I often think about the well-off people with huge, customized kitchens, Viking stoves, every tool -- but they don't cook. We cook every single day.
My cooking triumphs
My vodka pie crust apple pie.
My cooking tragedies
When I do pie crust wrong!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Super tasty. Very, very soft. The roll breading perfect. Here's the deal. DOUBLE the sugar and the cinnamon for the "filling." Another thing. I bake these in cast iron pans. That gives them a crispy bottom.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2012
Very Chocolate Ice Cream
The best chocolate ice cream ever! I substituted a 3.5 70% cocoa Lindt choc bar for the semi-sweet. I used Hersey's dark European style cocoa powder instead of regular, and made the tablespoons heaping. I cut the sugar to 2/3 cup. I used my in-pan blender gizmo to whip this recipe at every stage. Result? Froze hard and was beyond dark in flavor. In my next try i'm going to add Starbucks expresso instant coffee as a further flavor booster. My version of this recipe will be named Nuclear Chocolate.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2011
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Best chocolate frosting I think I ever ate, and it was my very first attempt to make frosting! I needed to thin it down a bit to make it spreadable. I just used another 2 Tablespoons of the Carnation milk. Oh, I beat the final mixture with wire beaters a good long time time it was velvety. I suggest using Hersey's Special Dark cocoa powder. Very, very rich.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2010
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