larkspur Profile - (13749541)

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Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Hi! I'm 21 years old and the second oldest of nine children. I was homeschooled, and am very grateful to my Mom, who has encouraged me in my love of cooking. I make more than half of the meals now, which I enjoy a lot. I've been accepted at a local technical school, where I'm going to pursue my love of cooking and hopefully earn my degree in culinary arts.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking, but baking is definitely my forte. I enjoy creating new dessert recipes, especially brownies. Several of my creations have won prizes at the Wisconsin state fair; I guess it helps that I have so many willing taste-testers! I also love to make healthy foods...whole grain breads, soups, and salads featuring different veggies and grains.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas, my family and I make stollen from a recipe my Mom has adapted over a period of several years. I also make lots of Christmas cookies and candy; for the past two years now, I've run a little home business making and selling Christmas cookies around the neighborhood. It was a huge success this last year; I made over 5000 cookies!
My cooking triumphs
I guess my greatest cooking triumph was this year, when I won five blue ribbons and six big awards on one day at the Wisconsin State Fair! It was very exciting! Another triumph was when I won second place in the Hershey's brownie contest at the state fair several years ago; there were about 20 entries, and it was the first time I'd ever entered anything! I think that is what really got me hooked:)
My cooking tragedies
I've had my fair share of tragedies! I can create my own recipes for multi-layered desserts from scratch, but I can't seem to make a box cake! I had to make two cakes in three weeks; the first one I didn't add the correct amount of water, and it turned out very hard. The second was even worse; I switched the oil and water measurements! Let's just say that deep-fried cake did not become a new favorite at my house! And then there was the time I forgot to put sauce on the pizza. However, it was good enough that no one could figure out what was wrong with it until they were on their second slices!
Recipe Reviews 494 reviews
Caramels I
This is such a fabulous recipe! It is hands down my favorite, my go-to recipe for soft caramels. They turn out perfectly every time, and the ingredients are basic and simple and perfect. I make these exactly as written, except I usually skip the vanilla and sprinkle the caramels with some granular sea salt when they are almost firm. So delicious! I also like to dip them in tempered chocolate, and than sprinkle some sea salt on top of the chocolate. Absolutely to die for! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2013
Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll
I don't know what went wrong, but this just did not work for me at all! The taste was excellent, but the texture on the cake was like rubber. I did make it in a larger pan (11x15) because I didn't have a 9x13 jelly roll pan, but that shouldn't have affected the texture in that way! It just didn't seem to rise, it wasn't fluffy at all, and it was so rubbery! I'm not sure if that was the way this recipe is supposed to be, but all other pumpkin cake roll recipes I've seen have a more fluffy cake. Thanks for sharing, it tastes fantastic, but the texture is just not for me. I will be looking for a different recipe.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2012
No Bake Cookies III
Great recipe! These are super easy to make, and taste great! As other reviewers suggested, I brought the cocoa mixture to a full rolling boil before cooking for one minute...this helped the cookies set quickly and not spread so much. I also ran out of creamy peanut butter, so I ended up using half crunchy peanut butter. I actually really like the additional crunch of the peanut pieces in these, although I'm not sure my picky family does... Other than that, I made these exactly as written, and couldn't be more pleased. Thanks for sharing the's a keeper for sure!!!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2012
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