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Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell
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Living In: Hilliard, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Toffee Chocolate Crunchies
Chocolate Rum Balls
Cherry Almond Biscotti
Gingervillage, OH
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
About this Cook
I am a Psychology Major at The Ohio State University, looking to pursue my Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs and become an academic advisor. At OSU, I am part of the Psychology Peer Mentorship program, and am singing in The Mens Glee Club. Cooking has always been a joy of mine; I remember enjoying it ever since I was little. My parents both made meals almost everyday of the week, and were always encouraging me to try new foods. I have learned how to cook from both trial and error, and The Food Network. I am constantly watching Ina Garten, Alton Brown, and Rachel Ray. I really enjoy cooking the classics for family get-togethers, and trying new things out with my close friends. Odds are, if you don't find me studying, I am probably cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I like making pasta and different sauces, but desserts are my calling. Anything from cookies, to cakes, to trifles, I am there! I enjoy Mexican and Italian food, and partial to Indian. The only things I truly hate are mushrooms. They are absolutely awful and synonymous with terrible.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Chocolate Rum Balls I
OK, I was honestly apprehensive when I came across this recipe. I was expecting some sort of truffle like creation by the name, and when I read about the Vanilla Wafers, I was put off. I could not have been more wrong. It was easy to make, and after letting them sit, they were an absolute joy! If I were to change anything, it would be adding more rum, because it was just more of a background note in the balls we made. Other than that, these will definitely be a staple in my recipes box! 4.5 stars.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2008
Strawberry Spinach Salad I
Now this is a salad. I make the dressing the day before, and put in on right before I am about to serve it. Great for banquets (or food competitions at work; Believe me, you will win!) Just follow the recipe exactly, or toast the almonds before tossing them in for added flavor. Believe me, you will be asked for this recipe as soon as they take a bite! 5 stars.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2008
Antipasto Pasta Salad
Wow! What a fabulous spin on the "traditional" pasta salad. This will be a sure fire hit for any summer get-together! I made it according to the recipe, but when I was at the deli, I asked my butcher to cut the salami and pepperoni into 1/2 inch slices, and the Asiago cheese into 1/3 inch slices. Then, when I went home to chop it, I made sure to have bite size pieces. That way my guests would get delicious chunks of meat and vegetables making it a hearty pasta salad, and boosted the presentation points through the roof! I will definitely be making this at all of my summer picnics! 5 Stars

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2008

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