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Robin F

Robin F
Home Town: Los Angeles, California, USA
Living In: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a mid-twenties stay-at-home mother to a toddler son ( ). I'm a Turkish-style bellydancer, breastfeeding and unassisted birth activist, and I love spiders. My husband and I run a home business performing comedy hypnosis shows for high schools and corporate clients. We also share our home with a pug, two cats, and some fish.
My favorite things to cook
I'm totally a desserts person. I'll cook regular food but that's just because we have to eat something and it may as well taste good; but my heart really lies with the sweet stuff!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother passed me a recipe for Black Forest Cake. It takes two days to make and it's an incredible hassle but it's absolutely amazing. I only make it 2-3 times a year for birthdays or other special occasions.
My cooking triumphs
I don't know if there have been any particular triumphs, but there have been a lot of recipes that turned out really well. :) And the response I get to my peanut brittle (which I traditionally make to give away for Christmas presents) is always great!
My cooking tragedies
One time I was having people over to dinner and I was half-dressed when the timer went off for my fresh-baked bread. Wearing pants but no shirt yet, I rushed over to the oven, put on my mitt, leaned over and reached inside to pull the bread out. I was distracted and I pulled the pan too far out and the end of the bread pan pressed against my breast. It burned me and left an awful scar, about 2" by 2" and with one perfectly square corner, for about two years. :( Luckily it faded with time and now I can't even tell where it was.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Meringue Mushrooms
I used this recipe to adorn a Yule Log (there's a picture among the uploaded photos) and it turned out great! I actually quartered the recipe since my Yule Log wasn't very big, so I only used 1/8 cup egg whites (which was a single egg white). Although it took a bit longer to turn to meringue consistency than it does when there's multiple eggs, it still worked fine! I ended up making a meringue caterpillar as well. The meringue is easy to work with (I used the Ziploc bag method, for easy cleanup afterward) and they tasted yummy. I tried painting some with food coloring (not mixed with anything else) and others with food coloring mixed with corn syrup; I prefer the unmixed food coloring because with the corn syrup + coloring, the dots never dry out and remain sticky to the touch. I will definitely keep this recipe and use it again!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2009
Mrs. Sigg's Fresh Pumpkin Pie
The entire family, from my husband on down to our 2-year-old, *devoured* this pie. Even my autistic five-year-old, who usually avoids anything with a soft texture, asked for a second piece! It was super-easy as well. I'd never made a pie before using fresh pumpkin rather than canned, but this is going to be my regular recipe from now on!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2009
Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction
This was SO, SO, SO good.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2009

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