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Living In: Athens, Alabama, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am a stay at home mom with a B.S. in Home Economics. I have two children and an engineer husband and I cook breakfast every morning, supper every night, and a small lunch every day. I make several desserts each week. When I get the urge to make a dessert and we still have one left, I just make what I want and give it to someone. I LOVE to bake!
My favorite things to cook
DESSERTS! I specialize in novelty desserts for children. For example, making cupcakes that look like turkeys, Brownies that look like apples with little gummy worms in them, and ice cream cone cupcakes that look just like ice cream! I love to bake cakes and cookies as well and get many requests for them. I often get up early in the morning to bake 50 - 70 muffins to send to my husband's place of business. I am absolutely obsessed with baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a long line of wonderful bakers. My great grandmother was a sharecropper and she had four children. She had to make due with whatever they had in the garden and whatever she had on hand in the pantry. Each Christmas, she would stay up all night Christmas Eve and bake seven entirely different cakes with ingredients she had saved up. She never used a single recipe. For the kid's Christmas, they got to take turns choosing a different cake to eat each day until New Year's. There is still a twinkle in my Grandmother's eye when she talks about those cakes.
My cooking triumphs
Having my mother, whom I consider THE BEST cook I know, call and ask me for baking advice.
My cooking tragedies
THE OKRA SPAGHETTI INCIDENT!!! When I was in high school, my parents went out of town and I decided to have a "dinner party" for some of my close friends. I chose spaghetti since I knew that would be easy. I wanted to "spruce it up" a bit so I looked in the freezer to see what else I could add. Okra and corn seemed like a good idea at the time to my teenage mind.......... My friends were incredbly confused by the entire presentation! ;D
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
These were absolutely delicious! Not Krispy Kreme in texture, but I think they are as close as you can get at home and the taste was RIGHT ON THE MONEY! *I saw where someone said they would scald their milk, I highly reccomend you NOT do that as it will kill your yeast. Anyone who knows yeast will automatically know that. You can't have your yeast mixed with anything warmer than lukewarm. *If you don't have enough glaze, just thin it a little with some more water. I would not change a thing, including adding more sugar as some have recommended. If you have a really sweet tooth, okay, but the glaze makes them sweet enough for me and my family. *I also saw where someone said they could get greasy if not eaten right away. To avoid your doughnuts absorbing the grease, simply make sure your grease is hot enough. I alway heat my oil for at least five minutes or so on medium high to ensure this and then turn it down to medium before cooking with it. NOTE: Use cooking oil with a high smoke point to avoid fires! I will definitely make these again. Perhaps with cake flour next time and see if the texture is close to Krispy Kreme, but they are THE BEST homemade doughnut I have had to date.

695 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2006
Best Ever Banana Bread
I have to agree with all of the other reviews on this one, WON-DER-FUL. I added a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of butter flavoring.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2006

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