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Leah


Leah
 
Home Town: Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Reading, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a newlywed who's trying to keep her firefighter husband well-fed! I bake a lot to de-stress, so it really helps that I have a sweet tooth! I love to cook, and am thinking of going to culinary school. I tend to be pretty adventurous, and love trying new recipes and techniques when time allows. I brew my own beer, bake my own bread, and am starting to think about making cheese-- I love controlling what ingredients are in my food!
My favorite things to cook
All desserts- cakes, cookies, brownies... Pasta dishes- they're usually pretty easy... I'm up for trying anything and everything! I am a firm believer that the Crock Pot is the greatest kitchen invention of all time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I try to help out cooking on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Mum and Nana have established a monopoly of sorts. Generally, dishes are pretty simple and straightforward, but always very tasty.
My cooking triumphs
My boyfriend and I made a devil's food cake with peppermint frosting for his family's Christmas party a few years ago- I was instantly welcomed in, under the stipulation that I make the cake every year! I also made a pasta dinner for 12 military college men, complete with ziti, sauce, garlic bread, and salad. Not very complicated, true, but I loved every minute of it!
My cooking tragedies
I burned ground beef onto a large pot belonging to one of my roommates. I was trying to make chili without a CrockPot, but wound up making a disaster. She had a set of gorgeous stainless cookware, so I was afraid of having to buy her a new pot. It took 4 days of soaking, scrubbing, and finally a heavy dose of baking soda (once it dawned on me) to get it all off!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Quick Brussels and Bacon
Didn't have any shallots/onions on hand, but sauteed the fresh brussels I picked up for the same amount of time and DEVOURED them! SO yummy, will definitely be adding to the rotation!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2011
Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream
WOW. I skipped the donuts and just made it as coffee ice cream and I was blown away. Make sure to refrigerate the batter overnight if you're using the KitchenAid attachment. Smooth, creamy, and very satisfying. Plus, I always have everything but the heavy cream on hand, making it way cheaper than buying packaged ice cream!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 7, 2011
Zucchini Brownies
I thought this was more like a moist cake than a brownie, no eggs added, but still absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, I was out of nearly all the frosting ingredients, but the cake itself was still spectacular. You'd never know there was a zucchini in it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2010
 
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