Melody Profile - (18278260)

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Home Town: North Babylon, New York, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Sliced Banana Cake
Glazed Cake
Freshly De-Panned Cake
Champagne and Lime
Flowery Tops
About this Cook
I'm a newly-realized West Coast City Girl who's been uncovering a true passion for food and cooking over the past few years. It began with watching public television food programs every now and then and has evolved into near-daily research into the science behind turning out something show-stopping! My current living situation doesn't allow for much cooking or baking for now, but that hasn't at all impeded my interest in researching recipes and honing my passion through discovery of excellent local bakeries and restaurants.
My favorite things to cook
For myself, I especially like to experiment with foods that form a simple, healthy base: chicken, eggs, oatmeal, pasta, and mild-flavored veggies like cauliflower and jazz them up with herbs and spices. When it comes to cooking for others, though, I like to pull out all the stops and make something fantastic. For my sister's 21st birthday, I turned her favorite cookie--seven-layer rainbow cookies--into a cake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad's homemade pizza. Ever since I was little, I can remember him spending lazy days making dough and fixing up big NY pizzeria-style pies at home. After I bought him a pizza/baking stone for Christmas, I was included in the process more, so now if the mood strikes me, I can cook up an authentic NY pizza here in my new home in Cali.
My cooking triumphs
A few Thanksgivings ago (2005), I did the entire family dinner for the first time, and my dad declared it the best turkey he'd had in his whole life!
My cooking tragedies
Unfortunately, that same meal featured my first cooking tragedy as well: the gravy--never again will I follow a recipe when making gravy! I've made it off the top of my head with amazing results before, but I wound up with what became dubbed "gravy pudding" following a recipe.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
This is a lovely basic anise biscotti recipe. The flavor is not too strong, and the texture is spot on.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2007
Perfect recipe! If you follow it to a T, you'll get the most wonderful, rich, moist Rainbow Cookies you can imagine!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2007
Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
Simple recipe with fabulous results! This was great for a college dorm girl with a craving for doughnuts and no way to satisfy it if she didn't make them herself! Now I don't think I'll ever need to spend much more on store-bought doughnuts--these were infinitely better!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2007

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