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Tiffany Cates

Tiffany Cates
Home Town: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Living In: Hill Air Force Base, Utah, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a stay at home military wife and mom of 2 kids under 4 (and we're debating on 1 more!!). I am always trying to find new recipes to make that will please the whole family, and who ever we've invited over. I love to cook and have a pretty big recipe arsenal under me now which I share freely with new military wives and friends.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are usually things that are easy, quick, but come out tasting delicious. I've learned a few tricks along the way to make things go quicker, and taste like they took longer, which makes it much easier for me. I have also taken up baking which I LOVE. I have made some pretty delicious cakes in the past few months and I'm very excited to grow as a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger, my mother would cook dinner every night, and although a lot of it was the same week after week, occassionally she would pull out a new recipe and throw us all for a loop. I loved those "special" nights where we were all slightly afraid to try it, but knew it would probably be delicious. I try to have more of those "experimental nights" since they break us out of the usual boredom that comes with living in suburbia.
My cooking triumphs
I can cook pretty much everything, and hardly ever follow the recipe precisely. I'm a fan of getting fancy with the spices and I like to reinvent things to fit my families tastes and style as well as try to add new twists to old favorites. Basically, I think I'm just too fickle to stick with one thing.
My cooking tragedies
I used to be baking challenged, but a good friend of mine took me under her wing and TA-DA! I am officially a baker! I was too terrified to step out of my comfort zone, and due to having a oven with incorrect temperature, things never turned out perfect. Problem solved! I'm still leaving the grilling/BBQing to my husband. I don't understand the whole "coals" thing. ;)
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
This is a delicious cake when you make sure to add more pineapple juice to the batter! I also added a bit more almond extract since I LOVE the taste. I have found that if you're going to double this recipe, make sure to make 2 cakes. I made the mistake of pouring the doubled batter into 1 large (tall) cake pan, and although the top was super yummy, the bottom didn't have that buttery/sugary glaze seeping into it to make it super moist. It was still delicious, but I'm sure it would have been better if I had made 2 separate cakes. I am looking forward to making this again and again! We love it!

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Reviewed On: May 31, 2011
Valentino's Pizza Crust
This crust is delicious and so easy. I usually use my mixer with a dough hook, but just mix it enough to combine everything. Over mixing creates a tougher crust. I also add in a tablespoon (or more!) of Italian Seasoning to add some flavor to the crust. And then before pre-baking the crust, I spread on a lightly cooked butter/garlic mixture. It makes my pizzas wonderful. Go easy on the garlic if your company isn't a huge fan. :) Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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Reviewed On: May 31, 2011
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
These were delicious. I made the recipe as written above and found it a bit salty. I do agree with 90% of the reviewers and think you need to add in a teaspoon of vanilla, and decrease the salt to 3/4 to 1/2 tsp. Definitely double sift your flour, and if you're making these for kids or want to make fun shapes with your pancakes, pour the batter into an old syrup/ketchup bottle and "write" designs using the squirt top! My kids love it.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2011

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