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Home Town: Shoreline, Washington, USA
Living In: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a 24-year-old student in Fairbanks, AK. I live with my four roommates in an apartment that sometimes get a lot of traffic - and I love cooking in a busy kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Breads, cakes, cookies, and candy - baking, absolutely. For a while I worked at a seafood cookbook company, and I used to dream about fish! Right now, though, I mostly like cooking things that are cheap :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pickachicken! My mom served it all the time. We had a really big family with a lot of kids eating over, and so she'd put a whole chicken on the table and we'd pull it apart with our fingers - very communal and fun. I still love any meal that involves communal eating, and everybody just digging in with their hands.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime the food disappears fast, or anytime something I cook makes people happy feels like a cooking triumph to me!
My cooking tragedies
I set fires in the kitchen - pie fillings, pot holders, pots of boiling honey (!) There's usually a rush to open all the windows and doors and get the smoke out before the alarm goes off.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Cornbread Pancakes
Delicious recipe! I'm keeping this! A couple things I did wrong (not because the recipe told me so!) that I wanted to share, just in case: *Don't mix the butter in with the flour and cornmeal first! If you do, you'll get lots of little lumps of cornmeal/butter floating in floury milk. I don't know HOW I thought this would work... but it was not good. I blended the sucker with a submersion blender and then it was all good. *Coarse, stone-ground cornmeal makes for VERY crunchy pancakes! Again, this problem was mostly solved by the submersion blender - but next time I'm sticking to something finer ground. The batter doesn't cook for as long as cornbread, so I think the cooking time doesn't give the really coarse cornmeal grains a chance to soften. Those mistakes were my own, though, and not the recipes's - these suckers taste delicious! Thank you!

40 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2011
World's Best Lasagna
Totally delicious! I left out the tablespoon of salt, though - and when I made it with no Italian sausage, I added about 1 1/2 tsp.; when I made it with Italian sausage, I didn't add any (and both times I used sodium-free tomato products). I think it's important to taste the sauce and then add salt. You're mixing in plenty of salty cheese, so I think it's good to go light! I also tried adding in a chopped bell pepper to the sauce - and that was delicious too. I also add rice wine vinegar (1/8 cup?) and some sage. Also, I make two layers of noodles, 3-4 noodles per layer, and that works great! Thank you - a definite keeper! Totally delicious :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2011
To Die For Blueberry Muffins
Wow! Okay, delicious - sweet (but not too sweet), cake-like but still a muffin, and oh my god the streusel just seals the deal... I'm keeping this recipe! I doubled the recipe and got a very full pan on muffins (12) plus a loaf pan. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to fill the muffins and that was a little much - my ONE complaint, it was hard getting these over-flowing suckers out of the pan! I used only one batch of streusel for my double batch of muffins and it was GOOD - but I think more streusel would've done the trick too! I put in close to double the blueberries (almost 4 cups - quadruple, really) and this was really, really good - taste-wise, definitely not a mistake - but it did make the muffins look more like cobbler than muffins. So many berries! They were little tiny ones (Alaska bush berries!) so that might've been part of why the berries sort of took over with my muffins. Thank you for a delicious recipe! Got lots of good reviews from the eaters :) I suspect I'll be making these again soon.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2011

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