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ajhk


ajhk
 
Home Town: Davis, California, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Music
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My Rat Terriers Beryl and Opal
About this Cook
I developed an interest in cooking a few years ago when I took some classes. I still have a ways to go, but I am having fun every step of the way. Other than cooking, I love to sew, play piano, collect various things, and spend time with my family and pets.
My favorite things to cook
The first things I learned to cook were breads and desserts, so I am a bit partial to those. I have made yeast breads many times, and am always looking for new recipes. But, I am slowly progressing into other fields, and will hopefully become a well-rounded cook in the future.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family enjoys Italian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern food the most. Some of our favorite recipes are duck lasagna, corn pudding, bacon pasta, Indian rice pudding, and many more I can't think of right now...
My cooking triumphs
I can't think of anything at the moment, but I guess I can just say that I am still learning and I haven't cooked long enough. :)
My cooking tragedies
One time, I either killed the yeast, or didn't give it warm enough water to rise, so my loaves of bread didn't work at all. It was frustrating, especially after all of that kneading (I still do prefer making bread by hand). Also, I tried to make bagels once, and they were tiny and didn't brown at all. I'll have to give those another try; I am not sure what went wrong.
Recipe Reviews 40 reviews
Banana Cream Cheesecake
This cheesecake is a great idea. I used 1 cup of pureed banana in place of the sour cream, as they have the same moisture content. This made a nice, thick, and banana flavored cheesecake. I did not have any banana liqueur, so I am sure that the flavor would have been even better with that. I would make a few changes the next time I made this. I would add a double layer of vanilla wafers and greatly reduce the amount of whipped cream in the topping. I felt like I could not taste the pudding after folding in the whipped cream. Also, I would add pieces of walnuts somewhere else in the cheesecake because they are not that noticeable in the crust. Overall, a great recipe-it was devoured at a potluck I went to.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2009
Simple Mexican Rice
This recipe was perfect. I followed the recipe as written, except I used 1 tsp of cumin instead of 1 Tbs. The flavor was fine to me but I could see how one might want to add more spices. I always end up with leftover tomato paste from other recipes, and this is a great way to use it up.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2009
Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties
This recipe (with a few alterations) is amazing. It will give you delicious peppermint patties that are better than Yorks. This are the changes I made: 1) use bittersweet instead of semisweet chocolate 2) use only 1 tsp of peppermint extract. I also did the following with my mashed potato to make the dough more of an easy process: Boil and mash potato, refrigerate until cold, put potato through a ricer, and then proceed with recipe. I ended up using around 2 pounds of powdered sugar (a little over 7 cups) and just made sure to generously dust the counter and my hands with sugar while forming the patties. I also froze the patties overnight which helped with dipping. Thank you for a GREAT recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2008
 
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