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Home Town: San Pedro, California, USA
Living In: Long Beach, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Basketweave Cake
Mom's B-Day Cake Heart
Tier Blossom Cake
Mother's Day Cake
B-Day Cake for Mom
About this Cook
I'm of latin decent and love spicy, but not too spicy - gotta be able to taste the food; therefore, I try not to let hubby cook...He spices the "heck" out of everything! :-) I am a fitness instructor and love working out. Also love to kayak & take our puppies for walks in the park. I also love the challenge of converting an "evil" recipe to a healthier one.
My favorite things to cook
Love to cook Mexican/latin food and making it healthier. Love to cook Italian, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern recipes. Love to bake anything lemony - lemon bars!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Enjoy making Tamales from scratch for Christmas or New Years. I don't buy prepared Masa...I mix my own - love the challenge.
My cooking triumphs
The first batch of tamales that I made were really good! I didn't think I could do it well since it's such a long and arduous process. But, I discovered that with some advance planning, it's a much more manageable process.
My cooking tragedies
Oh so many! Most recently, I attempted to make "Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men" which was a disaster! I followed the recipe, but, those gingerbread cutouts kept melting & sticking to everything regardless of using wax paper & flour to counteract sticking. I had tried this recipe previously with the same results, but had forgotten. I didn't give up - I tried another recipe & voila! Success!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Creamy Potato Leek Soup II
Absolutely delish! Had only two leeks, but it worked out really well. Followed all the directions except I seasoned the leeks while they were cooking with salt & fresh ground pepper. To decrease fat/calories (especially after using real bacon) I used evaporated skim milk instead of the heavy cream and added a couple of sprinkles of ground nutmeg. I also pureed the soup mixture with my immersion blender and topped each bowl with the browned bacon rather than mixing in with the soup. Yummy, thank you for the recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2013
Chewiest Brownies
In my quest for chewy brownies, I came upon this recipe. I prefer chewy, not cakey brownies. This recipe delivers. I did take other reviewers' suggestions by decreasing the cocoa powder to 1/2 cup and decreasing the sugar to 1 1/2 cups. Definately chewy. Dough is sticky, so I added a splash of milk and lined an 8x8 pan with parchment and spread mixture on top. Next time, I will double recipe. Not the prettiest, but definately the tastiest & chewiest recipe I've ever tried. Outside crust is crackly and slightly crisp. I may try pouring chocholate ganache over the top next time. Yummy!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2010
Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles
Followed this recipe as written. I did made the dough ahead of time and wrapped tightly in flastic wrap & put in frezer overnight. This made the dough easier to work with. Cookies came out soft & chewy and melt in your mouth yummieness. Just the way Snickerdoodles should be. Excellent recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2010
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