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Insomniac Baker

Insomniac Baker
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Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Frozen Fruit & Cream Cups
Plum Tart
Butterscotch Meringue Bars
Crispy Parmesan Cheese & Rosemary Cups with Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Gazpacho ala Mama
About this Cook
*formerly MuffinPuffin317* Luckily, I don't actually suffer from insomnia, but I don't get much sleep and I have been known to stay up until ungodly hours to bake. I'm still a beginner, and I learn something new every time I cook! Since I love trying new things, I rarely make the same dish more than once or twice -- so I usually read multiple reviews and make a few changes to each recipe I try. Visit my baking blog at !
My favorite things to cook
Cupcakes, cookies/bars (I'm on the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie!), cakes, pies, muffins & quick breads, appetizers, soups, and vegetarian meals (especially Middle Eastern or Indian style, with interesting spices and sauces).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad's waffles, latkes at Hanukkah, matzo ball soup at Passover, and my mom's amazing chocolate cake for birthdays!
My cooking triumphs
My greatest triumph so far was re-creating a pie described by a friend who had enjoyed it long ago and never gotten the recipe. He said that I got it "perfect"... and I must say that it was the best pie I have ever eaten. Another triumph was winning Cupcake Hero with my Raspberry Almond Matcha Cupcakes in August 2010!
My cooking tragedies
Baking brownies with a friend, when I was even more of a beginner... she said one-half cup of oil, but I heard one-and-a-half cups of oil. Let's just say those brownies were not really edible. x-P -- I have also failed at fudge twice - the first time making World's Best Peanut Butter Fudge from AR, I somehow forgot to let it cook for 5 minutes and it turned out tasty but too soft. The second was making regular chocolate fudge, when I thought I did everything correctly but it turned out extremely gooey. (It made a fantastic hot fudge sauce for ice cream though!)
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Zucchini Bites
Very tasty, both hot and cold. I got 24 mini-muffin-sized bites instead of 12. I used 1-1/2 small zucchinis instead of 1 large, and replaced some of the parmesan (about 1/4 cup) with shredded monterey jack cheese. I added a clove of garlic to the pan with the onions and added a pinch of paprika to the mixture, and they turned out quite flavorful. Next time I may add a bit of chili powder to spice them up, but they were great as-is.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2010
Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
These were a hit! I doubled the recipe to make 24, but only used about half of the mushroom stems. I still had quite a bit of filling left even though I used rather large stuffing mushrooms, so I mixed it with some milk, sour cream, and a bit of mayo and made it into a scrumptious veggie/cracker dip for another party a few days later.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2010
Peppermint Meringues
Great recipe. I would like to warn people about using peppermint extract, however. I only added 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the egg white mixture, and it was overpowering. I dipped the bottoms of the meringues in white chocolate and thankfully it balanced out the intense mint flavor and turned out delicious. But be careful with the peppermint extract!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2009
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