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Home Town: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Washington, D.C., USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I've always enjoyed baking but in recent years, I've delved into cooking as well. I love discovering and trying new recipes, particularly those that use ordinary ingredients in a fresh, new way. My biggest struggle is getting something to taste flavorful but not overdone... and in one hour or less!
My favorite things to cook
Breads, cakes, muffins, cookies... I'm a huge fan of carbohydrates.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is the most amazing cook in the world, but she's difficult to learn from because she doesn't measure anything! She has, however, taught me a good deal about flavoring meats and mixing marinades. She has also taught me a thing or two about Korean cooking. We've been making dumplings and Korean pancakes together for years!
My cooking triumphs
The thought of roasting an entire bird had always intimidated and scared the bejeezus out of me, but one day I just went for it. I picked a recipe (I think from Martha Stewart) and followed it to a tee, and the results were fabulous. The bird was beautiful and golden, and my family raved about its flavor and juiciness.
My cooking tragedies
I decided to make a "tunnel of fudge" cake for a family picnic, but in an effort to "lighten it up," I made a few substitutions here and there, using nonfat yogurt instead of butter and cutting down on the sugar. I guess I made one substitution too many because the end result was pretty horrible. The presentation was wonderful -- the glossy icing dripped down the sides of the cake, and the whole thing looked like a sin waiting to happen -- but the cake itself was dry, dense, and lacking in flavor, and it stuck to the roof of my mouth like nothing I had ever experienced. It was probably the dessert that garnered the most praise when I first unveiled it and generated the most disappointment after people tried it.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Vegan Pancakes
This is a great recipe for when you're craving pancakes but can't be bothered to pick up milk or eggs from the store! Super quick and easy too! I made a couple adjustments -- I used 75% spelt flour and 25% unbleached white flour instead of all-purpose flour, raw cane sugar in pace of the white sugar, and coconut oil for the oil. I also added a splash of almond extract and cooked the pancakes in coconut oil. I loved how they turned out! The texture was on the chewy side -- maybe because I stirred the batter too much -- but I actually liked that. They did cook quickly, so do keep an eye on them.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2011
Honey Wheat Cookies
You can't beat the texture of these cookies. They're wonderfully soft and chewy. I even kept a few in the freezer and they were still soft when I took them out! I did, however, feel that they were lacking a little bit in flavor. They were plenty sweet, but they just seemed to lack something -- can't put my finger on it. I added 1/2 c oatmeal and 1/2 c dried cranberries(both of which helped create that great texture). I used wheat germ instead of bran and omitted the dry milk. Next time I may try adding a banana, some spices, and/or some coconut.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2006
Mom's Ginger Snaps
While these were very easy to make and I liked their chewy texture, I found them just OK. To make them softer, I added a little more flour (2 tsp) as others have suggested, but I thought the end result was a bit too flour-y and bland. My boyfriend said they were better after two days or so, so perhaps it just takes some time to get the flavors to blend together. In the future, I will try making them without the extra flour. I'll also increase the amount of spices I put in, and hopefully, that'll do the trick. I did also try the "Big Soft Ginger Cookies" recipe on this site and I thought it was great. I much preferred the flavor of those cookies to these.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2006

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