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Home Town: Oakland, California, USA
Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking
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About this Cook
I use to burn water. When I was on my own, I noticed the quality of meals at restaurants did not always warrant their prices. I decide to see if I could do better myself. I have grown to be an excellent cook. I'm constantly learning and trying new recipes. I usually order what I do not want to cook myself when I eat out. This is especially true of things that have lots of ingredients, unusual ingredients, expensive ingredients or deep fried.
My favorite things to cook
Love to bake anything. Cookies, cupcakes and entrees are my signatures.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None. My brothers and I were latch key kids. Mom and Dad worked long hours and seven days a week to provide us with a comfortable home and a good education, but not much in the way of cooking memories.
My cooking triumphs
I made a homemade polenta lasagna that took me 3 days of prep. "Noodles" were made of a homemade herb and cheese blend polenta cooled and sliced thin. Homemade tomato sauce and a homemade ragu was the next day. 3rd day was the assembly and cooking. Tasted awesome but a lot of work.
My cooking tragedies
Not many tragedies in recent history. Made a shark steak into a piece of wood by overcooking when I was a beginner cook. I encountered a fresh tuna and goat cheese turnover recipe that was absolutely horrible.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Donut Muffins
I used fresh grated nutmeg and used real butter for dipping the cinnamon sugar topping for the recipe. I cold barely even swallow without gagging. I could taste the margarine in the batter and along with the overwhelming taste of nutmeg made it unbearable. I am not a novice baker and I like nutmeg. This recipe just called for too much of a good thing. I guess it could be very different with the pre-ground nutmeg, but I don't purchase nutmeg that way. Even if I used real butter in the batter and less nutmeg, I just don't think it would be worth the ingredients to make it again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2013
Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts
Pretty difficult to find chipotle powder. I finally found flakes in a grinder top bottle. My wrists are tired from the grinding. I used 2 teaspoons of the stuff and upped the chili and garlic powders from 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon. I used 1/2 salt skinless roasted peanuts from Trader Joe's. I did not read the instructions correctly and put the salt in the dry mixture instead of the butter/ honey mixture. These turned out great. Not very spicy. So, if you like spicy, I would add a sprinkle of cayenne. I don't really care for peanuts but these were hard to resist. Keeper recipe!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2010
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies II
These did not do it for me. I was excited with all the great reviews. They tasted okay - nothing special. I have made so much better, but I'm always looking for easier/tastier. I'm a seasoned baker and maybe it just did not work because I doubled the recipe. I used softened butter but still the cookies flowed too much on the ungreased cookie sheet. So, I tried parchment, still did not work. I refrigerated the dough overnight and tried the same the next day with similar results. I even tried different temps and times. I finally plopped double the amount into muffin cups baked for 20 min at 350 and it turned out like molten chocolate cakes.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2010

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