MELISSABEAR Profile - (18734844)

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Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Aliso Viejo, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Photography, Music
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Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies
pie crust
About this Cook
I am a mom, constantly busy with two young children. One of my favorite things to do is bake with them, they get a little crazy with the stirring, but somehow it always works out ok. Although I have won contests with my baking, it is my 2009 resolution to learn how to cook. I especially want to open my meat-eating husband up to vegetarian dishes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake anything that involves chocolate. I also like to try new things I haven't done before. I recently baked my first, second and third pies ever for a family gathering, everyone loved the braided crust.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since my family is in Nebraska I am working hard to start special new traditions for my son. One of my husbands favorite is fresh apple cake on Christmas morning.
My cooking triumphs
Pies, with home made crust. I pride myself on doing everything on my own, no store-bought pot-luck offerings from this girl! The very best thing I've made though, was a chocolate cake for my sons birthday. 6 hours and 4 lbs of buttercream frosting later I had a masterpiece!
My cooking tragedies
Garlic bread. I never seem to get the right combination of spices and it always turns out kind of weird.
Recipe Reviews 81 reviews
Buttercream Icing
wooooo!!! This recipe is so easy to work with. Ive always cringed when clients ask for buttercream decorations because I find fondant much easier to use, but this frosting might be just the thing to finally make me learn buttercream roses (maybe).

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2012
Crispy Barbequed Tofu Slices
This recipe is ridiculous! Ive always loved bbq sauce, but being a vegetarian has really limited what I can do with it, but this recipe has completely changed that! I loved it so much, after the first time I tried it, I made it three days in a row!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2011
Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Did as others suggested and used cornstarch in place of flour, also 3 yolks in place of 2 whole eggs makes a HUGE difference. When I did the whole eggs i ended up straining out the thick bits that kept floating to the top which was pretty nasty. Also used about half a bag of flaked coconut in the pie which gave it a great texture. Sooo good!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2010

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