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That Meta

That Meta
Home Town: Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Amazing Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Music
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Houses for my Clients
About this Cook
I am a military brat with really, NO HOME TOWN. My mother is first Generation Hungarian who taught me to cook some of her mother's beloved recipies. I became interested in cooking when I was about 5 and have never stopped. I enjoy creating or "inventing" new's like science to me. I don't usually use a recipie, I just kind of cook by feel. I appreciate other folks that enjoy cooking and cook well; not particularly professional cooks or the gormet type just regular folks who cook.
My favorite things to cook
Compiling a wide range of items to cook makes me most happy. A hodge podge of things that weave themselves together is cool. I feel pretty confident in my abilities to make gingerbread houses (have made them en mass for the past 16 years and use them as client gifts in my business..I start baking in early Nov. for Dec. 1 delivery dates) I enjoy making a whole host of soups, cakes...appetizers that are tasty and unique.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Has to be my gingerbread houses and Carrot Ginger soup. Having been married to a Jewish man for many years, our "Easter Dinner" was always Ham with potato pancakes.... Christmas Eve dinner has ALWAYS been home made pasta with grilled Elgin, Texas sausage (done on the BBQ) for my very Irish father...who thinks he is Italian.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the gingerbread house. Started when I was first married and didn't have money to take an appropriate Christmas Dinner gift to the hostess in Beverly Hills....I thought outside of the box and made a gingerbread house..which promptly fell apart an hour after we arrived at the dinner. Not to be undone by gingerbread, I have spent the next 15 years mastering the art of their construction.
My cooking tragedies
The gingerbread house and my 100 lb. bisquick Pizza...I shoulda KNOWN that would be a bad one...looks even worse when I type it.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Pecan Pie Tarts
What the heck did I do wrong!? I made the crust as instructed...divided the dough into 30 very large sized balls for my mini muffin tins...then I don't care how good you are, 1/4C of butter does NOT cream into 1 1/2C of packed brown sugar; dry crumbly mixture yes...then after filling the crust (which I used the back end of a wooden citrus juicer dipped in flour to create the well of the crust-worked great) I had more than half the filling remaining.....they are still in the oven so I have tried them but again, don't know what I did wrong...doesn't look like any other reviewers had the same trouble....I'm going to freeze the leftover filling....and remain perplexed....

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2014
Perfumed Coconut Cake
This was not a BAD cake..just was not very "Coconutty". As another reviewer, I did NOT achieve any coconut scaresly tasted like coconut. Cake was moist and tasty..but lacked any real coconut flavor. Also, I should have read all the reviews (or at least paid heed to the ones I did read) that the frosting was horribly sweet. I frosted between the layers with a chocolate frosting to break up the icky sweetness. I will not be making this cake again. Less than impressed.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2012
Pork Dumplings
Very yummy, easy and impressive to make!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2011

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