KGAVEL Profile - (1605389)


Home Town: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I travel at least every other week for business and while this has exposed me to a variety of different foods, sometimes I just crave a home-cooked meal.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort foods, crock pot recipes and Polish food
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up with a lot of traditional Polish foods made by my paternal grandmother. Unfortunately I never got the chance to learn her recipes before she passed on but I'm lucky to have her cookbooks and hand-written recipes. I have yet to try many of her recipes but maybe someday I'll make pierogi was or halumpki as good as she did.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made icing for a cake I used granular sugar instead of powdered sugar!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Mocha Cream
I made this as a filling and icing for some GF chocolate cupcakes. The only thing I changed was used strong brewed French vanilla coffee rather than making the instant coffee. It did not have a strong coffee flavor but there was just enough to notice it was not just plain whipped cream. Next time I might try to add some espresso powder for a little stronger coffee flavor.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2012
Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)
This was my 1st attempt at GF baking. I made this as a birthday surprise for a friend who has a wheat allergy. I followed the suggestions of others and took the skin off the chickpeas before processing. I processed them for approximately 5 mins on high before adding the eggs. I used Ghiardelli bittersweet chic chips and did add a TBSP of butter to them while melting in the microwave. I did make it into cupcakes and i got about 10, filling them almost to top. Baked for approx 22 mins at temperature specified. I was surprised how good they were! There was no bean flavor and I didn't detect the nutty flavor that others have noted. They are very heavy, like a very dense fudge brownie. The only problem I had was the top cracked a bit. I did remove a small amount from each cupcake and filled/iced with the Mocha Cream recipe also on this site. The light and airiness of the icing was a good balance to the dense texture of the cupcake.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2012
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
I made these using butter instead of margarine, Pilsbury Golden Butter yellow cake mix and strawberry preserves. The butter and butter-flavored cake mix became a little overwhelming after two or three bars. Next time I'll use just a basic yellow mix. Also, I used about 1 1/2 cups of preserves and would still like more fruit flavor next time. Awesome quick and easy recipe to have on hand with endless possibilities. Thanks!

30 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2006

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