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Home Town: New York, New York, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have always loved cooking, ever since I was a kid. My mom used to let me cook dinner once a week and that was always my favorite night! Professionally, I'm a Webmaster. In addition to cooking, I enjoy martial arts, volunteering to help animals, writing, computer programming, and needlecraft.
My favorite things to cook
Vegetarian food, soups, appetizers, and baked goods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've strayed a little from family traditions in that I am vegetarian and my family eats meat, but I hope to start my own traditions.
My cooking triumphs
I'm quite good at soups and baked goods. I guess one of my triumphant moments would have to be this "Babette's Feast" style dinner party I threw for my birthday about ten years ago.
My cooking tragedies
I have had nothing but disaster with my attempts to cook Borscht!
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Chocolate Chip Muffins
I was looking for an oil rather than butter recipe for muffins and found this terrific and easy one - a breeze to put together, and so tasty! I'm sure this could be adapted for blueberry or other add-ins. I have made it with white flour, but last time I used olive oil, palm sugar, and Trader Joe's gluten-free flour - surprisingly, they turned out great. I didn't have such high hopes for the gluten-free flour itself but they were delicious. Palm sugar just has a lower glycemic index than white sugar, but it does tend to dry out the baked goods, being less moist than regular sugar. I used the full cup of milk as other reviewers noted, and despite these major substitutions with the flour and sugar, the end result was golden brown on top, moist and fluffy inside. In fact I am going to make these again right now for a Sunday morning treat!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2013
Garlic Cheddar Chicken
I forgot to pound the chicken breasts but it still turned out great. I added a little olive oil to the butter mixture and sauteed the garlic for just a minute or two - five minutes is too much for fresh garlic. Then I just pressed the coating into the chicken, poured the leftover sauteed garlic butter over the chicken, and baked it a tad longer than the recipe - maybe 35-40 minutes as they were plump breasts. My oven runs a little cold so I jacked up the heat to 400 for the last ten minutes or so to brown. Very fast and easy to scale - I made it for just two breasts, but going to try four tonight!

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Reviewed On: May 29, 2013
Crackle Top Molasses Cookies
Everything you always wanted in a molasses cookie: chewy crackled outsides, soft cakey insides, with a wonderful fragrance that makes the whole house smell like Christmas. I love that these cookies use no butter and could easily be made for vegan friends. I used olive oil and palm sugar for a very healthy version, and they came out just as good as with regular sugar. I added extra spices since I like mine spicy - 2 teaspoons cinammon, 1.5 teaspoons ginger, heaping 1/2 teaspoon of cloves. I flattened mine slightly as the first batch did not spread, probably my oven's fault. I also dipped the tops on sparkling sugar instead of the regular kind. My new go-to molasses cookie.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2012

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