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moxie & mirth

moxie & mirth
Home Town: California, USA
Living In: Kitsap County, Washington, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Writer, rookie vegetarian, blissful photographer, adventurous cook, frugal foodie, adoring mom, fierce friend, eager volunteer, novice environmentalist, cheapskate, sarcastic geek chick and fanatic of all things music. I think I'm a heck of a lot of fun.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things, by far, are baked goods. My daughter says I'm pretty mean with soup, too. Too bad I never remember to write down what I put in that tasted so good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Instead of buying gifts for Christmas, we bake goodies for loved ones. It takes the materialistic aspect of the holiday off the table and our friends appreciate the effort put into their gifts, as well as not having to find a place for any more "stuff" in their homes.
My cooking triumphs
My favorite triumph is the time I made Pastitsio from scratch, and it turned out perfectly.
My cooking tragedies
My tragedies usually involve candy. I messed up a perfectly good fudge recipe one year, which turned out to be a totally decent hot-fudge sauce that I ended up eating by the spoonful out of the jar. Once I tried to make a caramel sauce, left it on too long, and ended up with a bizarre little crispy brittle-ish concoction that went straight into the garbage.
Recipe Reviews 157 reviews
Cherry Enchiladas
There are too many people with too many modifications for this to be a 4.5 star recipe. But it has great potential, and that's what people seem to like. Leaving the recipe to soak in hot sugar water overnight is gross - the tortillas are soggy and there is no recovery from that. 5 tortillas in a 13x9" pan makes no sense, but 10" tortillas won't fit in an 8" square brownie pan. You also have no need for a whole stick of butter - half is more than enough. If this recipe had been for fajita-sized tortillas in a 8" pan, and the liquid has been less watery and half as much butter, it would be a 4+ star recipe for me. I had to change way too much to make this recipe worthy of the stars it has, and that's disappointing. But I still recommend people try this - just follow the advise of others who have reviewed and learned through trial and error. I'll likely make this again, with numerous modifications, because it really is easy.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2013
I would have given it 5 stars if the nuts had called for toasting. As is, it's a solid 4, easy, good, healthy, and fresh. I used extra virgin olive oil and followed the recipe exactly. Please, toast your pine nuts. It only takes a couple minutes, but makes a world of difference. Thanks for the easy recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2012
Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies
They were good, but not special. In addition, mine spread out like crazy, despite having followed the recipe exactly (except for using whole-wheat pastry flour instead of white). I ended up with nearly one large sheet of lemon crisps. My dough was completely chilled so I see no reason for this. Others have said the same in reviews; I should have listened to them. They were good, just not the results I expected based on the high ratings.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2012

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