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Home Town: Auburn, Maine, USA
Living In: Chase City, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Music
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About this Cook
I'm 23 years old, I've been in the kitchen since I was a child, and I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I have a daughter, Susanna, who is named after my maternal grandmother, who inspired my love of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Asian food, I've been perfecting my fried rice for the past three years. Recently, I've become interested in cooking healthier, and luckily, Asian food lends itself to that quite nicely. I also love Italian food, which is in my blood. I am also good at baking and creating desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like most families, Thanksgiving is a big time for cooking together. Growing up, Thanksgiving was held at my grandparents' house, where I learned how to make ambrosia, how to baste a turkey, make a more flavorful gravy and make the best blue-ribbon apple pie in Maine.
My cooking triumphs
My pride is my fried rice, which is versatile enough to be made with whatever meat and vegetables I have on hand, but I can stir fry almost anything. I am also proud of my orange sauce, and my spicy thai peanut sauce.
My cooking tragedies
Blueberry scones. I attempted to make one of my favorite breakfast treats, but it turned out to be a frustrating mess. It tasted alright, but was not as flaky as I desired. I will try again someday.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy
Not what I expected. Chicken was burned and undercooked. The gravy was good, though, will use that part of the recipe again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2013
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Made this for my birthday today. I had hoped it would not be frustrating, but it turned out to be a little more work than I expected. I cut out the coffee liquer (since my toddler will be having a slice, and I didn't want to risk it since the filling and frosting aren't cooked). First, my complaints. I did use cream cheese instead of marscapone, because it wasn't available. It was very hard to 'fold' the frosting into the filling, perhaps I didn't beat the filling enough? Either way, the filling was not very easy to spread, I think next time I make this, I'll just add some of the cream and a little more sugar into the filling and then beat it at a high speed. The frosting, however, was AMAZING, it was so easy to spread, I just hope it sets in the fridge and doesn't dissolve. I did add some cream of tartar to the frosting, just a trick I learned about whipped cream. One the frosting sets, right before serving, I'm going to add the garnish. :3 The frosting and filling were delicious, I licked the bowl.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2013
Simple White Cake
I used magarine and stevia (which are usually fine substitutes), but I had to add more milk, almost twice as much, and this cake had NO lift! I should have tested it before making it for my birthday, it's a good thing I'm soaking it in espresso, layering it with cream cheese and covering it in chocolate!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2013

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