KELOUA Profile - (18399960)

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Home Town: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Spiced pumpkin muffin
Delicious bran muffin
Beautiful vegetables in Tokyo
About this Cook
I've always enjoyed cooking. I remember I got my first cookbook and my very own child's oven mit when I was 9 and now, years later, I have my very own kitchen filled to the brim with appliances and of course, my very own oven mits. I'm very passionate about cooking and I think this makes up for any shortcomings I have in the kitchen. I also love to experiment and am never afraid to tweak a recipe to meet my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I eat just about anything, so I cook just about anything. However, I would say in general I enjoy making pastas since they're so hearty and filling and warm. I also love making anything that is a challenge or unfamiliar to me. However, I also really enjoy doing appetizers. I love playing around with presentation, so appetizers really give me room to be creative. However, even when no one's over I love to make everything look presentable and use garnishes. Lately I have also become very interested in healthy cooking and have been making an effort to eat home cooked meals as often as possible since it makes it easier to eat right.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Watching my grandmother make her beef stew. She's amazing at cooking without a recipe, and yet it tastes complex and perfect every time. It's a very slow cooking recipe so it's truly an all day affair and I've really enjoyed the time I've spent with her in the kitchen just watching and learning.
My cooking triumphs
I think everytime I make something new it's a triumph because I'm learning new things and trying new flavors.
My cooking tragedies
I try not to think of anything as a cooking tragedy. Cooking is all about learning and not being afraid to try new things and take a risk. Even when something does not turn out quite the way I had hoped it provides a good lesson for next time.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
I made these almost as written (I added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract) and I thought they tasted good for a basic pancake recipe. This isn't my favorite recipe, but I think it tastes pretty good for how easy it is and the ability to make it with what you have on hand. I was a little nervous reading the negative reviews about saltiness and bad aftertaste. It's worth noting that I used kosher salt as I do think this has less of a salty taste than table salt. I also wonder if a some of the negative reviews came from people who incorrectly used baking soda as opposed to baking powder as it seems to be referenced in some negative reviews and no, it will not taste the same with baking soda. We liked these. Also, if you are having problems with the outside browning before the inside is cooked I'd lower the heat to medium instead.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014
Banana Bran Muffins
This is a great base recipe because it is very easy to adapt while still seeing great results. My review is of a significantly altered recipe, but it was still delicious. I used silken lite tofu in place of the butter, quinoa for the bran (I also did 1 cup of quinoa and 1 cup AP flour) and used pecans for walnuts. The result was quite delicious. Don't be afraid to tweak to accomidate whatever grains or nuts you have on hand.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2008
Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins
This was quite a good bran muffin recipe. Like a lot of the other reviewers, I tweaked this recipe substituting pureed strawberries for the applesauce and finely chopped strawberries for the blueberries. No, it doesn't taste like like a fluffy regular muffin but it tastes as good as any bran muffin I have gotten in a bakery. It was hearty, but still very moist and light. I look forward to making this again with whatever berries or other ingredients I have on hand. Great recipe.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2007

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