chelmo Profile - (13618806)

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Home Town: Encinitas, California, USA
Living In: Carlsbad, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Kids
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
In college I was a famously bad cook. I would try to make Pasta-roni, but my housemates dubbed my typical final product "Pasta-soup." So one year I decided to make a new dish every week to hopefully improve. Some dishes turned out (made-from-scratch gnocchi's!) and some dishes didn't (my souffle-turned-quiche). Fortunately, my experiment worked. 8 years later, I'm never afraid to try a new recipe and I am constantly being asked to share my secrets.
My favorite things to cook
I like to experiment with the slow cooker. Beans, soups, even homemade yogurt. I love making ethnic foods of all kinds - the spicier, the better! I especially love ethnic food fusions.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade pizza. I have started canning pizza sauce which makes from-scratch pizza an inexpensive breeze to make. Everyone picks their own toppings - even better when you're cooking for a picky group.
My cooking triumphs
Any time people quit talking to enjoy their food, I'm happy.
My cooking tragedies
I've caught a few too many things on fire. Mostly towels and wooden utensils. And recently I ruined a wonderful stockpot AND my steamer while trying to steam carrots for baby food. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR WATER LEVELS WHILE STEAMING VEGGIES, PEOPLE!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Extreme Chocolate Cake
Tasty and definitely sweet. Too sweet for my low threshold. I made it as directed and others seemed to dig it. I prefer the Dark Chocolate Cake I recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2011
Dark Chocolate Cake I
I'm huge on flavor, not so much on sugary sweets, so cake isn't typically my first choice dessert. That being said, this particular cake was quite good. I made it into cupcakes for my daughter's preschool class and threw on a coat of cheap-o frosting, and everyone loved them. Even stingy old me. I would've preferred slightly more of a chocolate punch, but I think I'd be verging into brownie territory at that point. I definitely liked this more than the Extreme Chocolate Cake recipe, but, again, I prefer a lower sweetness level.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2011
Creamy Hot Cocoa
Waaaaaay too sweet. I'm going to half the sugar next time.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2011

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