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Home Town: Tampa, Florida, USA
Living In: Saint Pete, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Grandma Snyder's Oatmeal Cake
Used dark brown instead of light brown sugar because it's what I had on hand. Have a very short list of nuts I find palatable, and walnuts aren't on it so subbed pecans for those. The result? Yummeh! I imagine the dark brown sugar added a bit more moisture to my cake, making it a touch heavier than the original, but the crumb is still tender, light enough and delish. The deeper molasses flavor was also a nice complement for this particular kind of cake. That said, will make this with light brown next time around. Now, the icing is lovely. It's sorta half topping, half soak cake stuff. I was sort of craving tres leches cake when I decided to take it a little easier (fat- and sugar-wise) and make this instead, and the two def share an ancestor or two. The icing is great. Adds nice taste and texture dimension: sweet, creamy, coconut-y. Gives this cake a kind of down to earth decadence that puts it over the top. You can easily halve the icing recipe if you make it and find it to be too much of a soak, or you can tinker with the sugar, evap milk and such to taste or dietary preferences. What's really neat about this recipe is that, in addition to it being super tasty, it strikes me as a very mild spice cake, and thus very flexible and forgiving.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2015
Pad Thai Popcorn
This snack is unlike anything I've ever tasted. Everything you expect from caramel corn, but the flavor profile is unique and delish with, dare I say, some yum umami going on from the fish sauce? Fish sauce is a sticky issue for lots of people. If that's you, it's not overwhelming, and the bit of lime is a perfect (and true to Pad Thai) fish sauce counter-flavor. So great savory stuff happening with this one, but definitely a sweet snack first, if you wondered. I used the suggested hot sauce substitute and that was fine. Some people like to shake extra salt on their popcorn. This one is tons of hot fun with a dusting of CAYENNE pepper, especially if the hot sauce doesn't kick as much as you want it to. I suggest reserving that extra ingredient for your own portion, however. Ha!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2014
Mama's Asian Chicken and Rice
YUM. Packs some heat and has more kick than I normally go for, but it works to balance the sweetness and is deliciously true to the Chinese-American flavor profile. I don't plan on reducing the amount of red pepper flakes when I make this again. Super-quick and easy to throw together, and will become a personal favorite. I'm confident the recipe as-is would hold up, thus it gets 5 stars even though I made some mods. First, I chopped and sauteed a small onion and half a red bell pepper I had hanging around. Added them to the sauce mixture . Didn't have 5-spice powder, so put a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon into the sauce, so it'd have a little more depth and complexity. Grated an entire orange skin right into the sauce, squeezed that juice into it. Before I cooked the chicken, I tossed in a little flour and black pepper. Browned nicely and made the cornstarch steps unnecessary.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2011

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