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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican
Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I was born in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and raised in a Mexican neighborhood in Southern California. I always joke that my grandmother began teaching me recipes in utero since all of my first memories with her involve cooking. I've since lived in several places (e.g., Washington, D.C., Japan) and have learned that there are few better ways to communicate culture and emotion than with food.
My favorite things to cook
I really love baking. There is something about combining art and science that really appeals to me. I also find something incredible relaxing about cutting vegetables. I really enjoy eating Mexican food, but that doesn't really qualify under this category. Perhaps I could find someone that is really good at cooking Mexican food but likes to eat baked goods. We could trade.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Besides being a holiday, my boyfriend and I started our relationship on Thanksgiving Day several years ago. He hates poultry. So, every Thanksgiving I am faced with the challenge of creating a meal that satisfies his finicky palette and maintains the celebration of both a national holiday and our anniversary. I look forward to this challenge, and I begin planning months in advance for our anniversary meal.
My cooking triumphs
When my grandmother was sick she become overly obsessed with food. My aunt and I would cook for her, but it became increasingly difficult to find food that she could chew without difficulty. My greatest cooking triumph was learning to add pudding mix to cookie recipes to make them chewy so that she could still enjoy them.
My cooking tragedies
When I was in junior high school my friend Shannon came home with a "Thunder Cake" recipe. The recipe called for a teaspoon and a half of baking powder. I added a cup and a half. Needless to say, that certainly was a Thunder Cake in my mom's oven!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Golden Yam Brownies
Good stuff. I just wanted to mention, though, that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing. Yams in this recipe would not work out so well. Use sweet potatoes!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2009
Red Skinned Potato Salad
This is a very delicious and very pretty potato salad. I'm vegetarian, so I skipped the bacon and the taste was still very good. Like others I used green onions because I had them on hand. However, if you want to use onion but not have the powerful taste of raw onion take over your recipe you can soak the chopped onion in cold water while the potatoes are boiling. Like others I wanted to add mustard flavor, but I added about a teaspoon of dry mustard to the recipe instead of store bought yellow mustard. I got this idea from an egg salad recipe on this site. It adds the flavor and pretty yellow hue without also adding the vinegar taste found in store bought yellow mustard. I only added a cup and a half of mayonnaise. This one is really up to personal preference. I'd say add a cup, if it is not enough, add another 1/2 cup, etc until it suits your creaminess index!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2009
Too Much Chocolate Cake
Super Yum! Also, for those that have difficult with the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom: dust the chocolate chips with flour before putting them in the batter.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2009

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