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zencake


zencake
 
Home Town: Lemmon, South Dakota, USA
Living In: Glendive, Montana, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza
fluffy peanut butter frosting.
black magic cake.
About this Cook
I often dream of floating around effortlessly in a stainless steel kitchen complete with two built-in ovens, a dishwasher, more storage I could ever use and one of those goose-neck pull-down sprayer/ faucets, but alas, it isn't so. I have come to appreciate the back door in my real-life apartment kitchen, though, particularly when something goes terribly wrong in the oven.
My favorite things to cook
Is brewing coffee cooking? The French press, espresso machine and auto-drip hang out with the grinder on my counter top. They play Poker while I'm at work. Coffee=essential. Baking is preferred for its rewarding potential. I love how 'strange-looking-slop' magically transforms to 'delectable-baked-goods' in the oven... science creating art.
My cooking triumphs
I tried the 'World's Best Lasagna' (recipe from this site) for Pete one night. Having him say it was even better than his Italian grandma's lasagna was truly triumphant (and I agree, it's an amazing recipe). On the smugger side: meringue... yawn.
My cooking tragedies
Years ago, with zero cooking skills, I craved & ultimately attempted Dad's Bacon & Swiss Quiche. From what I remember, I used a purchased shortbread pie shell (not knowing the difference), microwaveable bacon & fat-free miracle whip. It was rather embarrassing. Thankfully, I was the only one who had to suffer through it. sigh. Sometimes I forget muffins in the oven too. It could be because I subconsciously hate muffins.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Chewy Coconut Cookies
You cannot beat these with a stick... they are unbeatable! Perfection in cookie form...

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 3, 2009
Ultimate Irresistible Granola
Expected granola goodness; what I got was granola greatness. Made a half batch adding a tsp of cinnamon and omitting fruit (not always in a fruit mood)... I intend to have this for breakfast, but the ice cream is begging to be covered in it - I shall do both! P.S. Bake with kitchen window ajar, neighborhood cats will swarm...

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2009
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Ingenious concept... Dump cans and frozen chicken in Slow Cooker, spend rest of day 'facebooking'. Why didn't I think of this? Not to mention, the scrumtrulescent soup at the end of a long day of lounging... mmm. And forgiving! I used an ancient can of Miller High Life (from the back of the fridge; God knows how it got there in the first place), used pinto instead of chili beans and took RaisinKane's suggestion for Bill Echols' seasoning blend (1 TBSP chili powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp paprika 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper). I'll probably sweat my way through bowls of this all summer long... it is SO good!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2009
 
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