LINDAMARKS Profile - (18163998)

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Home Town: Chalfont, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Weymouth Township, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm an otolyaryngology nurse by day but a baker by night. I always say when I grow up I'm going to be a pastry chef. Who knows maybe some day I'll make it to culinary school. I've always been facinated by the chemistry behind the recipies and what role each ingredient plays in the final product.In the mean time I satisfy my baking needs by baking for everyones birthday in my office, creating whatever they challenge me to.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes,pies,desserts, chocolate candies.I've been making desserts for others for as long as I can remember.I always joke with my husband because I can't cook too well but I bake like a fiend...he can't bake but boy is he a great cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Even though it's not baking, I'm getting better at duplicating my mom's (almost famous) vegetable soup. Someday perhaps I'll master my mother-in-laws chicken soup. Other traditions include baking Christmas cookies with my daughter (sometimes it's over the phone-she cooks in San Diego and I cook here- both while we're on speaker phone!)There's also the weekend in July each year that I bake about 12 dozen sticky buns for our firehouse breakfast.(The family helps by running away!)
My cooking triumphs
My Brother-in-laws wedding cake. It was beautiful and tasted good too. My husband is a student in a Masters in Nursing preparation course and have baked cakes to represent different anatomical organs that have earned him (and me) some fame and him an A.
My cooking tragedies
I have a chocolate cake recipe that tastes great but once many years ago It came out with big crack in it and was dubbed the fault cake. The same cake was once made for a family dinner and I realized As my brother was about to take a bite of his slice that I had forgotten half the sugar and I took it right out from under his fork. Then there was the carmelized onions that I kept saying weren't brown enought yet...until they burned onto the casserole dish. Oh well...I'm a master baker in training!
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
New Years Black-Eyed Peas
I never ate black eyed peas before but wanted to start the year with good luck. I had to omit the bell pepper. I substituted diced leftover Christmas ham for the smoked sausage and a smoked pork neck bone for the hog jowl, I also added a bay leaf. Last, I used chicken broth instead of the water and brown rice instead of white. My husband and both agreed this "was perfect". I realize I made a lot of changes from the original recipe but without the original, I never could have made this wonderful dish. Thank you I. Tucker.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2012
Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa
OMG. This was my first year to grow tomatillos and I will be sure to grow them again next year just so I can make this. I used only 2 jalapenos and added lime juice at the end. I then simmered it with some precooked shredded chicken, rolled it all in some tortillas topped with more salsa and some shredded cheese. This recipe is a HOME RUN!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2010
Vegan Cupcakes
These were wonderful, moist and certainly didn't leave anyone wanting for dairy or eggs. I topped these with fresh beries and glazed with apricot allfruit jam. They were a hug hit in the office!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2010

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