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Cooking with Kel

Cooking with Kel
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Living In: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
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About this Cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my first memories is standing on a chair next to my mom, helping her cook. We have many cooking traditions, mostly thanks to my mom's Italian heritage. Most of our traditions are centered around holidays, and my favorites are making Easter "Pizza" and Christmas Pepper Cookies. Now my little girl cooks and bakes next to me and I look forward to making meals with her for many years to come.
My cooking triumphs
It's always a triumph when you make a great meal that is thoroughly enjoyable!
My cooking tragedies
When my husband and I were first dating, I wanted to make him his favorite cake for his birthday. It was my first time making Boston Creme Pie (he cheated, if you ask me) and it turned out horrible! I'm still not sure why, although I think I may have written the recipe down wrong. Luckily, he didn't judge my baking abilities on that one dessert.
Recipe Reviews 53 reviews
Melt In Your Mouth Blueberry Cake
First of all, this is a delicious cake. It's fluffy (but not too light) and has great texture. It's also not overly sweet. My kids devoured it. I think fresh berries always makes a huge difference in taste and should always be used if possible. A few notes, though: I think it's much easier to whip the egg whites THEN make the batter, that way you don't have to clean your mixing bowl. If you use a KitchenAid to beat the whites, it's a breeze and then you could just reuse the bowl. The way the recipe is written, you have to really clean the bowl before you beat the eggs. Also, I doubled the recipe to put it in a 9x13 pan and it's much more difficult to deal with because there's a lot of batter. It can be done, of course, but just be aware that it may almost be easier to make two batches instead of one big one.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
Black Magic Cake
Wonderful taste and moist texture! I did add hot water instead of coffee since I don't like coffee. Oh, and if you grease and flour the pan, it comes out without any problem. I will definitely be making this again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2014
Classic Rice Pilaf
Delicious and easy way to make rice! I have also used beef stock and thought it was very good. Try to resist the urge to peek under the foil after you take it out of the oven. Just trust that it will be good and don't let that steam escape! Just a note that my daughter thought it was a bit too spicy, although my husband and I thought it was just right. I personally love the very slight kick of the cayenne, but if you have kids, you may want to cut down on the cayenne just a TAD.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2014
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