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DWALA


DWALA
 
Home Town: Dahlonega, Georgia, USA
Living In: Chapin, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Healthy, Vegetarian
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About this Cook
I've been cooking since I was a small child--the main household cook for a single Mom and sister since I was 8 or so. Grew up with "The Joy of Cooking", which I read religiously. Spent three years with a classically trained culinary artist/executive chef. Grow my own herbs. I cook as a form of nurture, love, creativity, and art. My husband calls my KitchenAid my mechanical child. He's right, I love that machine. Vroom, vroom, let's cook!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook/eat fondue! I like traditional, homey comfort foods and "that's just too much trouble" fussy stuff. Hors d'ouevres and canapes are fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother-in-law cooks and is a doll about sharing recipes. Her chocolate chip cookies are the best this side of heaven--you would not believe. I need to sidle up to her when she's making them--I have the recipe, but she MUST be cheating, because there is a world of difference. She's the best cookie maker EVER; I am marginal. Her Mom, Nana, makes a heck of an apple pie--I married into a family of people who can cook.
My cooking triumphs
I can single-handedly manage a full breakfast for twenty at 2:30 a.m. while tipsy with a little advance preparation. I'm also a very fast cook, when I need o be. I like the slow, even-paced sensuality of cooking--it smells so good--but I can MOVE in a kitchen when need arises.
My cooking tragedies
Made a cheese and mustard white bread from The Bread Bible. Took hours; threw it away. Disgusted! I think I'm not savvy enough to use that book; somebody needs to write a New Testament version for us slow learners. :)
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Oriental Dipping Sauce
Taped recipe on refrigerator. Recipe yields 4.7 ounces by weight, and as delicious as this is, I'm not positive it serves 4. ;)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2006
Beer Margaritas
On simplicity alone, this is a definite 5 star, but made as directed, lime is a little strong, and it has a big kick. At 1.5 drinks, the drinker said, "This is number two, right?" As if perhaps it could have been number 3. Asked how they were and got a giggly, "I'm loving them right now!" SERIOUS KICK. :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2006
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
Superb! This ends my search for the Holy Grail of whole wheat honey breads. Thanks, Nita! I added .25 cup sunflower seeds per loaf, and omitted the butter during baking, though did butter brush the crust. Lovely. (Kitchen Aid speed 2, dough hook, 10 minutes)

198 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2005
 
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