TheFlamingAmarant Profile - (14589206)

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Home Town: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Baking has really been the flame of my heart since I was a young child. As I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate the versatility that cooking offers. I'm a spice fiend- I've got at least 70 different varieties of herbs,spices and seeds to play with in the kitchen. My boyfriend and 2 cats are veritable grabage disposals, so even if I'm not pleased with the result of a dish, nothing goes uneaten in my house!
My favorite things to cook
Pastries, crazy Indian desserts my friends request, complicated sauces and home improvements of tasty restaurant fare
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've got two big southern families- an African-American side that loves snapping turle soup and home-canned veggies, and a down-home, biscuits-and-gravy southern Baptist side. My father recently married a Filipino woman, and that's spiced things up even more! We never have too little food, and all of us somehow manage to fit in the kitchen (and not kill each other!) when it's time to throw down for the family reunion.
My cooking triumphs
I made my father's 4-flavor, 4-tier wedding cake. Everyone loved it! Unfortunately, my dad requested cream cheese frosting during a hot summer wedding, so the slippage that occurred soon after assembly could've almost ended as a cooking tragedy, too!
My cooking tragedies
I asked my grandfather to teach me how to make his fruit cake when I was young, and I didn't write the recipe down. Now he's passed and the recipe has disappeared with him. I'm confident I'll be able to crack it one day, though.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Banana Nut Bread I
Very moist and very yummy. I did, however, add a full tablespoon of cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon of cloves and a teaspoon of salt because I know it would've been a little bland for our tastes without seasonings.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2015
Mamon (Sponge Cakes)
I've made these several times now and they're just marvelous. The as-is recipe nets 3 8" round cakes. I've made the traditional small cake too, and always end up with more than 16 and they bake in ~25 minutes. My dad's Filipino girlfriend brought store-bought mamon over a few months ago and this absolutely satisfied the craving I've developed for them!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2014
Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake
For everyone who had trouble getting it to spread out and look pretty: I read the reviews for this beforehand, so I knew what to expect when layering the coffee cake, and I took a risk. I added about a tablespoon of milk to the 2nd half of the cake batter after spreading the first down, and that thinned it out just enough to spread out easily without affecting the way it baked. This was an excellent coffee cake! Rich, buttery, nice texture, definitely an A+.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2013
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