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Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2013
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I'm still new to the wide world of cooking, but I absolutely love making Chinese dishes. It's one of my favorite cuisines anyway, but I already know that most of the dishes are salt laden and highly caloric. I know I'm no miracle worker, but at least with home prepping, I can have a taste that's somewhat similar (and pretty filling) plus I can sort of modify it enough to help fit into my die. Kinda like having your cake and eating it too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a kid mom would always recruit me to help with any cakes or pies that she needed made for the holidays. I always got really excited----even if most of the pies were the powdery 'Just-add-water'-esque type. For the other scratch cakes, she'd just add everything to a bowl and let me mix away (assisted). As I got older, Mom gave me more freedom in the kitchen. Instead of asking me to fix something, she lets me take over the baking for any and all occasions. Working beside her can be a challenge, but I love bonding with her.
My cooking tragedies
I'm a lover of experimenting in the kitchen, but my worst yet has to be my take on homemade black bean veggie burgers. To this day I don't know where I went wrong, but I knew from first bite that it was something I never wanted to taste again. It was gummy....yet crunchy. One day I will find another recipe and try it again though. Defeat isn't an option! >:O
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Peanut Butter Bars I
I'm not the biggest fan of peanut butter, but these were delightful! I followed the recipe as is and found nothing wrong with them, although I haven't taken more than two or three bites of a small square since I made them. They are so incredibly rich, but good for company. Originally it was my coworker who asked me to make these for her, and for me it was something new to try out in the kitchen. Not only did she thoroughly enjoy these (she says that her family finished all twelve of them in less than a 24-hour period), but when I made these again for my very own family, I nearly had to beat them off with a stick just to get a piece for myself. I wouldn't make any modifications to this recipe except for maybe that's only personal preference

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Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2015
Sweet and Sour Chicken I
I made this almost exactly as written with one or two small changes here or there. Firstly, I seasoned the batter with a little garlic powder and a smidge of parsley. And for some reason the sauce refused to thicken no matter how much of the cornstarch mixture I added to it, so I swapped it for a little flour and water until it thickened up.. possibly more than called for, but it still worked out fine for my family. The last change was that I added finely diced pineapple and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the sauce so to bring out the sweetness. Aside from that, the recipe was basically the same. The family gave it rave reviews... so much so that I didn't even get to properly taste any of it because it was gone in a matter of hours (I started making it late in the evening so I could take it to work for lunch the very next day). This recipe is hands down a keeper! Very, very awesome! Just as good as any Chinese restaurant I've been to!

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Reviewed On: May 5, 2015
Black Magic Cake
Perfect. Just... perfect. Like others stated I was put off by the thin batter. I'm such a kitchen klutz (and a regular klutz) that I figured I had missed a step or ingredient somewhere. Convinced that the cake was ruined, I took the loss and put it into the stove anyway. What came out after nearly 55 minutes (40 minnutes wasn't enough. The cake was still really wet) was pure bliss. It was chocolaty. It was moist. My mom thoroughly enjoyed it, though initially she wanted nothing to do with the cake out of fear that it would taste like coffee (but who doesn't like coffee? Weird). I couldn't find a single hint of it in the cake. Just a rich chocolate flavor. Too bad in my hurry I opted for frosting-in-a-can. Nothing wrong with it, but I'd love to make a frosting that pairs with it. Definitely my new go-to chocolate cake recipe!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2014
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