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Sylvia B

Sylvia B
Home Town: Red Creek, New York, USA
Living In: Ithaca, New York, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My husband and I recently had a house built in a beautiful wooded setting just outside of Ithaca, NY. My dream is to grow and produce as much of our own food as possible. This spring we got 6 chickens (first eggs came this week!)and next I would like to get goats. I can and freeze lots of produce and our best meals include fresh vegetables and fruits. When I'm not busy in the garden or kitchen, I like to run, bike, or cross country ski. I was a vegetarian for about 20 years, and vegan for part of that time, and now I eat meat on rare occasions.
My favorite things to cook
My cooking tends to go through phases. For weeks at a time, I will cook only Indian food, or use only a certain cookbook, or experiment with raw foods. Then I get bored and switch to something else. I try to focus on whole foods but I do love desserts too!
My cooking triumphs
I guess I can't think of meals or dishes that stand out as triumphs. Last night I made salmon with balsamic glaze, quinoa salad with greens from the garden, and a sweet/tart cake made with wild apples. Yum!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Fish Chowder
We enjoyed this soup last night while the rain poured down and the wind howled. It is delicious comfort food that's good for you too. The recipe seems to tolerate tweaking very well. I used only one can of (fat-free) evaporated milk, added a can of chopped clams, upped the mushrooms and spices, and substituted haddock for cod. My husband and I rate dishes on a scale from 1-10 and he said this is a ten. It made a big batch but he said no, we should not share it with the neighbors.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2009
Corn Pudding II
Our chickens are laying lots of eggs so I tried this recipe to use some up. It turned out really well. I misread the recipe and used two 10 oz bags of supersweet corn. I reduced the butter to 2 tablespoons and the sugar to 1/4 cup. Baked in an 8.5 by 11 inch casserole, it took far longer than 45 minutes, maybe 1.25 hours. Turned out as a creamy custard over a corn base and was plenty sweet enough for my husband and me. The corn was a little watery on the bottom but fine. Will make for company and holidays.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2009
Creamy Caramel Flan
YUM! My husband finds most desserts too sweet but he loved this, and so did I. I used 6 6 ounce ceramic cups to bake it in and it fit perfectly. I overcooked the sugar, and it stuck in big clumps to the bottom of the cups, even though I heated them first. No big deal-it formed a nice syrup anyway, but that did make some craters in the surface of the flan. I'll have to read up on other reviews for suggestions about caramelizing the sugar. This will be great to make for company, especially after a light meal, because it has some substance to it.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2008

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