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Sweet Apron

Sweet Apron
Home Town: Chicago, Home Of The Cubs!, Illinois, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite place is my kitchen! It is so relaxing for me to be mixing, stirring, baking. And I love to cook for others and set a beautiful table. Love to collect vintage Pyrex bowls and almost always have something sweet on my old domed cakestand.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies...I actually have a small cookie business. But my favorite thing to cook (and eat) is broiled cherry tomatoes tossed with fresh pesto & hot spaghetti. A little freshly grated Parmesan...yum. I grow copious amounts of basil during the summer for fresh pesto. Caprese salad is always a favorite. There is nothing better than simple, unfussy food like an avocado with a little lime juice & salt. Then again, i'll be the first one to devour an elaborate dessert:) Oh, I love food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is the best pie maker ever; her crust is amazingly flaky. My family often ate "breakfast for dinner" while I was growing up. I still enjoy eating scrambled eggs with bacon in them as well as homemade blueberry pancakes. During the summer, we would make fresh peach and strawberry pancakes, too. My grandma is a great southern cook; she would always make chicken and dumplings & cobblers. My mom and aunt bake dozens of varieties of Christmas cookies each year to give away. My older sister and I started the same tradition last year.
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm...I invented a great tortilla soup recipe. My sugar cookies with royal icing are so pretty. I apply dragees and edible glitter with tweezers on each one. I have been trying to incorporate authentic Mexican recipes into our meal rotation as my husband is Mexican. His mom & abuelita are outstanding cooks and I try to use my "taste memory" to recreate some of their delicious food. When his abuelita was visiting, I watched her make homemade corn tortillas and dress them with her salsa & queso fresco. Wow-so good. I have been making these often since. She set the bar high!
My cooking tragedies
I decided to make popcorn on the stove and had run out of canola oil, so I just poured in a little olive oil, turned the stove on and walked away. Twenty minutes and a bad smell later, I enter the kitchen to see 7 foot flames coming from the pan. In my panic, I put the pan under COLD RUNNING WATER. Let's just say that the 14 foot ceiling was scorched.
Recipe Reviews 172 reviews
Sourdough Bread III
Warren, THANK YOU so much for this wonderful recipe. The loaf was quite sour and so tender. The only change I made was subbing olive oil for the margarine (as I didn't have any). Beautiful rise, great crust. Will be making often!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2012
Baked Zucchini Chips
Delicious! Followed as written. Excellent with freshly grate Parm. I did need to bake for a bit longer than suggested...about 22 minutes total.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2011
Banana Banana Bread
We love this bread & have made it often. I always add a splash of vanilla & some cinnamon, too. Thanks, Shelley!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 16, 2011
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