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Living In: Maryland, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a high school stdent in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy. I'm a nerd, and proud of it. But besides that stuff, I love to read and write fiction (hopefully someday I will get paid for this), play my violin, and cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake desserts. Cookies, cakes, pies, you name it, but my specialty is in cookies. Snickerdoodles, to be precise. :) But when I'm not baking, I like to experiment with main dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never really knew how to cook until she met my dad. He taught her how, and then he stopped cooking. A few years later, mom introduced me to the kitchen, and now she doesn't cook anymore. Are you sensing a pattern here?
My cooking triumphs
When I won first place in a snickerdoodle off in 7th grade!!!
My cooking tragedies
When I was first starting to cook, and we didn't have any more molasses. I was trying to make ginger cookies, and I used brown sugar and honey as a substitute. The resulting cookies tasted right, but they were hard enough to break a tooth on. And then there was that time when I designed my own pumpkin carving, and I was so proud of the elaborate picture, that I waited too long to use the pumpkin parts for my pumpkin cookies. The whole batch was wasted...
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Duck with Honey, Soy, and Ginger
I made this for dinner last night, and it was a big hit with my family. None of us had ever had duck before, and instead of using the breast, we had legs. Even with the tough meat of the legs, the end result was still a very delicious, tender meal. I served it with parsley potatoes and a spinach salad. I reccomend serving this with bread, so you can soak up some of the delicious sauce. Also, some other reviewers commented that the sauce was too salty. I guess you could say that it was rather salty, but I did not feel that it was too salty. I think that it would be easy to adjust the ingredients; maybe a little bit less rice wine? Anyway, I highly reccomend this recipe. Thanks for posting!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2009
Hawaiian Cake
I had high hopes for this recipe, really I did. I was a little bit worried because of the lack of flour, but because of all the other positive reviews, I thought I would give it a try. It smelled heavenly in the oven, but about a half hour before it was supposed to be done, it smelled burnt. When I looked, smoke was pouring out of the oven! I pulled it out, and even though it still seemed too moist, I tried to turn it over onto a serving dish. What I ended up with was a huge... towering... blob. The outside looked like burnt jello, greasy glisten and all. I have to admit, I didn't want the cake to be a total waste of good ingredients, so I picked out a relatively safe looking portion from the inside. It tasted only average, nothing special. After it sat for a while the tast improved, but I will not be making this again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2009
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
These are wonderful! It was a real challenge to resist eating the batter before I baked the cookies, and after baking, the wait was well worth it. The only change I would make is to add a little bit more ginger for even more ping. I didn't even have to flatten these; they were so moist! Yummy!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2008

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