sixkyej Profile - (18272780)

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Home Town: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Living In: Escondido, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Strawberry and Lemon Cake Balls for Mother's Day
About this Cook
Both my parents are really good cooks and my mom is a semi-professional baker so I was blessed to have that passed down to me. They love to try new things so we had a lot of variety growing up, not just the same old thing. I love trying new recipes and playing around with ingredients.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything! I love baking especially though!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Don't really have any traditions per se, I did bake for a couple Christmas' in a row for gifts - made cookies one year and muffins the next.
My cooking triumphs
I made a pumpkin cheese cake for the first time for Thanksgiving 2007. It turned out perfect and was a rave! It was requested again for Christmas dinner.
My cooking tragedies
I fell asleep with a batch of cookies in the oven! I woke up a little while later, so I didn't burn the house down, but the cookies sure were done. Luckily it was the last of the batter. I guess that teaches me not to make cookies late at night! Also made a double batch of dough once for bread, and both of the loaves over-rose and I couldn't bake either of them because they became hard and crusty.
Recipe Reviews 176 reviews
Beer Batter Deep Fried Dill Pickles
These are awesome. Makes a lot more batter than needed for half a jar. Used the whole jar and still had batter/flour left over. These were crispy and tasty! Messy to make but worth it! Made with the quesadilla jalapeno dip from this site as suggested by another viewer. Yum!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2012
Tacos in Pasta Shells
These were pretty good! I made some changes to the recipe: used 1 package of taco seasoning in place of chili powder and salt; used manicotti shells because the store didn't have jumbo shells available; used a 28oz. can of marinara sauce instead of the taco sauce (this was plenty - 1 cup is not enough!); used 1 bag (2 cups) of shredded Mexican Blend cheese; and I didn't include the tortilla chips. Topped with sour cream and served with refried beans and Spanish rice. This was enough to feed 4 adults plus have leftovers the next day - all for around $15. A cheap, quick and easy weeknight dinner!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2011
Cake Balls
These are to die for! Very rich and yummy! I made 2 kinds for my mom for Mother's day, lemon and strawberry, both with vanilla frosting and vanilla coating. I used one can of frosting split between both cakes and they were still very moist. I refrigerated the mix for a couple hours before making the balls and I also froze them for a couple hours before dipping them. Can't wait to try other combinations!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 7, 2011

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