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Joy Within

Joy Within
Home Town: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Living In: Santa Clara, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking
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layered banana cake
About this Cook
Decided I wanted to cook for a living about a year after HS. Went to certificate program for culinary art in Scottsdale, AZ in 1990.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy creating foods that make the tongue and BODY happy! I like creating all kinds of vegetable salads, some with a lean protein. I've been on a baking phase lately and like to try and make it either sinful or at least a little healthy by reducing sugar and fat, using organic ingredients, and sometimes reduce or eliminate the gluten content. I'm good at creating tasty soups and sandwiches too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since I've worked at french, italian and southwestern restaurants, I'm practiced at those. One of my favorites was a little Swiss-Italian place where I learned how to make polenta and stew from grandma and grandpa.
My cooking triumphs
Lately it's been 'carrot cake oatmeal cookies'- I need to post that recipe! And a SIMPLE (box, I hate to admit) whooppie pie. Also, a favorite has been 'muligatawney stew' and smoked turkey and dumplings... YUM!
My cooking tragedies
My husband says I add too much salt sometimes. I guess I try and block out my flops! Lord knows I've done them!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Clone of a Cinnabon
OMG! Here were my changes: I don't have a bread machine, so I did as many others had suggested with the warm liquid and yeast till foamy, adding the rest of the ingredients into my Kitchenaid w the dough hook. Kneaded by hand then let rise in a warm oven. I think the major change I made was that I used THREE heaping tablespoons of cinnamon- very much like cinnabon, ESPECIALLY when re-heated in the microwave! WOW!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2010
Sausage Casserole
YUM! Changes: I used chicken and turkey breakfast sausage, 8 extra large eggs, fresh sage, pepper and a Trader Joes smoked cheese mixture. Teenagers and adults both enjoyed it for Xmas brunch!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2010
Healthy Banana Cookies
I love how guilt-free these are... although I added a little guilt ;) I'm sure this recipe would have been fine on it's own, but maybe a little bland. These taste to me a bit like a granola bar type cookie. So, if you're looking for a fix for your sweet tooth, you won't find it here- think HEALTHY. I have a hard time not changing recipes, so here is what I did: added 1/2 C. flaked coconut (sweetened), 2 T. ground flax seeds, 1 C. semi-sweet choc. chips & 1/2 C. toasted chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon cinnamon; I also reduced the oil a bit and added some applesauce to make up the difference. The cookies LOOKED like they had more chocolate than they really did because of the dark date pieces. Next time I might try adding some peanut butter and mini chips instead of the regular choc. chips, that sounded good. They don't crumble too badly, just a little on the edges if the cookie isn't shaped properly prior to baking.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2009

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