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Home Town: Dijon, Bourgogne, France
Living In: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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My littlest and me
Home-made Sushi Rolls
Cinnamon-Orange Chocolate Pots de Creme
Lemon Scones
Mini Lattice-Top Plum Pies
About this Cook
29 year-old mom of 3, happily married to my sweet American husband, I have lived in the US for 8 years. And of course, I love cooking!
My favorite things to cook
Probably desserts! This is what got me hooked on cooking when I was like, 7 :) Candy sometimes (mashmallows, dark chocolate truffles), cookies and bars often (I usually give half of what I make away to friends or neighbors so we won't pile on the calories!!). I recently discovered baklava and fell in love with it. I love creating, or twisting recipes so they become my own. I like to try my hand at a variety of things, depending on my mood. I do not like to cook with store-bought mixes, jello pudding or fake frosting, and I strongly avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup in them (which is probably and surprisingly the majority of processed foods from the store -no kidding). On a day-to-day basis, I do not cook with meat much but I make a lot of soups, salads, casseroles, stir-fries and such.
My favorite family cooking traditions
American Holidays like Thanksgiving, or July 4th: I didn't grow up celebrating them but I do my best to make them an important part of our family traditions. Also... Sipping home-made hot chocolate with my husband when it starts snowing outside... Having my little girl wear her tiny red apron to "help" me in the kitchen with her plastic "Happy Spoon"... Making crepes with the same old recipe my grandmother used and my mom delighted us with when we were kids, and slathering them with Nutella or plain sugar as they come out of the pan, hot, thin, slightly crispy around the edges and smelling of orange blossoms.
My cooking triumphs
Winning blue ribbons and other prizes; Successfully catering for several events, some of them for over 200 people (yep, once every 10 years or so I do get paid for the food I make -lol). Teaching cooking classes and loving it. But what I like the most I think, is when my family and friends love the meals or treats I created for them :)
My cooking tragedies
In 24 hour-time I managed to make the best Christmas Eve dinner AND the worst Christmas Luncheon I had ever made: we did not enjoy the poor-quality "caviar" we had bought, the parsnip puree tasted too lemon-y, the orange duck with hoisin glaze came out looking as pretty as it was dry... and to top it all off, I had started to make the chocolate buche (yule log cake) 2 days ahead and then forgot about it -so the cake was stale! What was I thinking :) I was so tired I filled and frosted it anyway... definitely not my day! Good thing that meal was only meant for my husband and I!!
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Pumpkin Fudge
Okay, first off, I need to say that I'm reviewing this recipe based on the fact that 1- it was my first-ever attempt at fudge, 2- my stove top is of poor quality and heats up very erratically, which makes it hard to judge cooking time, and 3- I got distracted while making it so I think I overcooked it by about 2 minutes. Needless to say it was therefore not as creamy as it could have been, and tasted more like a divinity-fudge kind of confection. I may make it again sometime and thus give it a better review. Still, it was good and looked pretty enough (I cut it into small diamonds and presented it in a glass jar) that I served it on Thanksgiving day as a little treat. It was easy to cut and I had NO PROBLEM removing the foil, even if I had not used the heavy-duty kind. Do make sure to have all ingredients pre-measured and set out at the ready before you start cooking as it starts to boil pretty fast. I did mess up with the cooking time, but it needn't be this way for you. The kids liked it, while I enjoyed the spicy pumpkin flavor, but it was slightly too sweet for me (well, I guess fudge IS sweet). My guests didn't mention it, so I don't think they loved it that much. Someone said it was "different but good" (another way of saying, in short, "this one bite was alright, but I'm not going to be begging for more" LOL). Would probably try again, though.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2012
Cheese Garlic Biscuits II
These were really good, even though I used Parmesan cheese instead of Cheddar, and just 3 Tbsp melted butter (I didn't want to use more than 1 stick of butter for this recipe -lol). Love how chewy-crispy they were, with a good garlic-cheese flavor, yum! Served them with a tomato, fresh chives and parsley salad with basil pesto, herbed scrambled eggs and bacon on the side for a pretty hearty yet balanced breakfast :) Thanks for the recipe!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2010
Cucumber Punch
I made this for a crowd, and people seemed to enjoy this -I know I did! This is very refreshing, a little unusual but not so weird that noone will try it. I changed the recipe a bit, though. Here's what I used, if anyone's interested: 2 -32 oz fresh lemonade, 1 -12 oz can of frozen white grape juice concentrate, 2 bottles of carbonated water (I like soda to be sparkly!), thin slices of english cucumber, skins on -no water or ice cubes, I just kept everything in the freezer until slushy before serving.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2010
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