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Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Chocolate Mice
Bread Pudding I
About this Cook
Cooking and baking are hobbies of mine, but they have been put on the back burner for the next little while because of my busy schedule. I'll still try a quick cookie recipe or main dish when I get the chance.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy recipes that don't require a huge list of ingredients. As far as cooking goes, Chinese food was the norm in my house so I make a lot of vegetable and meat stir-frys, but I also cook stews and soups. I love making my own homemade noodles and dumplings, and crèpes. My baking favourites are scones, double chocolate brownies, snickerdoodles, pound cake, and lemon meringue pie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade won tons have been a family tradition for years, as are Saturday morning thin, French-style sweet crèpes.
My cooking triumphs
Most of my "firsts" I consider to be triumphs, and all of those "firsts" were the result of careful searching on this site to find high-rated and top-reviewed recipes. I also read reviewers' recommendations to ensure success. These "firsts" include pizza dough from scratch, meringue cookies, lemon meringue pie, sour cream scones (Grandma Johnson's), and eggless chocolate cake (II).
My cooking tragedies
I had heard that making mayonnaise from scratch was difficult, so my first careful attempt at homemade mayonnaise was successful. I botched my second attempt a few weeks later after thinking about how easy the first attempt had been. I added the oil much too quickly and I ended up with a runny, oily, useless mess. It wasn't until months later that I found out I could have restarted with another egg yolk and salvaged that batch.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Making Crispy Onion Rings
These turned out great! Deep frying is still a little messy, and even with olive oil, adds calories from fat. On a whim I just tried baking them on a foil-lined sheet in my convection oven until they were crispy. Oh my gosh, were they ever good! Just drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and bake them; no one will know the difference and they are virtually guilt-free! Chef John's outstanding recipe still produces amazingly crispy, crunchy onion rings straight from the oven!

37 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 16, 2012
Honey Crunch Pecan Pie
I decided to try this recipe for my first attempt at homemade pecan pie. I baked it for my in-laws' Christmas Eve dinner and it was a huge hit! Every Thanksgiving my mother-in-law buys homemade pecan pies from the market and this one tasted better! It was not too sweet and the filling set perfectly. As with all of my pies, I used the Easy Pie Crust because it is quick, easy, and delicious. I also added more chopped pecans to the filling to ensure it was not too syrupy and sweet, a common characteristic of store-bought pecan pies. One important tip: be sure the melted butter is not too hot when you add it to the filling, or you will scramble your eggs! I think this was a problem for some reviewers. Try this recipe, the honey-glazed toasted pecans in the topping were amazing!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2009
Bread Pudding I
Delicious recipe! I used some leftover breadcrusts and it turned out wonderfully. I brushed the top with melted butter and sprinkled demarara sugar to add a little bit of sparkle and some sugary crunch!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2008

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