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Home Town: Lisbon, Connecticut, USA
Living In: Bethany, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Boating, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a vegetarian with a love for Indian, Thai, Italian, and especially all those good homey things I had growing up, but I'm mostly a baker at heart.
My favorite things to cook
I love adapting my childhood favorites into vegetarian meals. I use a lot of Quorn brand foods, and highly recommend them to anyone who can get their hands on their products. My family refers to me as an enabler because I am constantly baking and offering up treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was young I would visit my grandmother, and one of our favorite activities was baking bread. I still think breadmakers are a sin! I grew up experimenting in the kitchen and never gave it up. My favorite thing is holiday cooking with my mother and sisters, where every bit of food is 100% homemade.
My cooking triumphs
My chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of my family. I'll really be proud the day I make the perfect cheesecake!
My cooking tragedies
Most of my attempts at cheesecake are tragic--something always goes wrong! Cake in general is hard for me, so if I give a cake five stars you KNOW it's fool-proof! Don't even ask about my petit fours adventure.
Recipe Reviews 39 reviews
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
I made a 1/4 recipe and baked in two ramekins, added extra vanilla as reviewers suggested, and because I used frozen blueberries I just made a blueberry layer instead of mixing them in and turning the batter colors. I also didn't have nuts, so I just made a bit of streusel topping instead. It may seem like I made too many changes to accurately rate the original recipe, but the five stars were for the cake itself. It was light, sweet, extremely moist, and would make a good base for an apple cake or any other fruited coffee cake. Thanks very much!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2014
Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce
I fried these in olive oil at 350°, which a) does not smoke at that temp, contrary to popular belief, and b) made these a bit healthier AND c) tastier. I also mistakenly added a can of cannelloni beans when doubling the recipe, which was a fabulous mistake—the falafel had a creamier texture and stayed more moist than they usually do. I also used baking soda instead of powder (I think the powder is a typo), didn't add olive oil to the batter, I used Panko bread crumbs simply because I didn't have regular, and I used a couple teaspoons of dried parsley instead of fresh. Fresh would've been better but they were still delish. These stuck together beautifully, tasted fantastic (bravo on the spice mixture) and are only four stars because the yogurt sauce wasn't my thing. Otherwise this would be five stars, especially with my happy accidents. Thanks for the recipe—definitely a keeper! Just need baba ghanoush and hummus recipes to match!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2013
No Bake Cookies I
LOVE these. I've been making them for years out of an old cookbook I've had forever, but I managed to lose it so I was ecstatic to find it replicated online. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2011

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