SterlingJosephine Profile - (16531642)

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Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I've been in the kitchen for as long as I remember. Growing up, my mother (who was a full-time homemaker) baked all of our bread, and always had some fresh cookies kicking around... I guess she wore herself out because, as soon as I was capable of more than just helping, about 10 years old, I was making everything from the cookies to our family Christmas dinners myself! I loved every minute of it, and I still do (lucky for Mom!). I have some lofty aspirations of attending Le Cordon Bleu in Paris or London buuuuuuut, my teaching degree might be the end of my education... At the moment, I'm simply enjoying having a kitchen all to myself!
My favorite things to cook
Good old fashioned lasagne, mashed potatoes, anything sweet!
My favorite family cooking traditions
***Chocolate cake for birthdays, YUM :D ***Every year I make my Christmas Shortbread in October, my boyfriend complains about the carols, but they just don't taste the same if they're not made with the appropriate background music! ;) ***Eggs Benny from scratch on Christmas morning, almost better than presents!
My cooking triumphs
My cheesecake is legendary. I can't take all the credit though, the original recipe was my grandmother's (although I may have tweaked it a bit)!
My cooking tragedies
Chicken Marsala... Mushroom gloop anyone?
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grandma's Gingersnaps
Mine turned out exactly like the picture and are currently enjoying pride of place on my cake stand! I did make a few minor changes, but I'm sure the recipe would be just as good without them, as it was mostly personal taste that prompted the modifications rather than any fault in the recipe itself... I used (unsalted) butter instead of margarine and added just a pinch of black pepper and allspice. I also added some ground ginger to the decorating sugar, as I didn't find the dough quite "gingery" enough for my liking. I've had nothing but compliments on these, the first one being "best ginger snaps ever!" Thanks so much for sharing :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2012
Fluffy Pancakes
Absolutely amazing! Somehow, we lost the recipe my mother used for pancakes while we were growing up, and this is the best replacement I've found! I added a pinch of cinnamon and a little vanilla and they turned out perfectly. I always double the recipe, even though I'm usually just cooking for two, better too many than too few! Thanks for sharing! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2011
Peachy Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Just a heads up: I haven't made the bread pudding yet, but I did make the caramel "sauce" to top a cheesecake. It was absolutely delicious. However, I used vanilla, according to the cook's suggestion, as I didn't have any rum on hand and I'm hoping this substitution is why the caramel "sauce" hardened. It ended up more like Mack's toffee than any caramel sauce I've ever had. I would not recommend using vanilla instead of rum because the "sauce" cools and hardens quickly- and I can't imagine the bread pudding would be hot enough to keep it soft for long.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2011

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