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Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2000
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Seven Minute Frosting I
My first try wouldn't thicken, but the 2nd came out perfectly. Lesson learned: use fresh egg whites. Liquid egg whites from a carton will not work, or at least will take a whole lot longer than 7 minutes. I added some coconut extract along with the vanilla, and my coconut cake was a hit. This is definitely going into my cake arsenal.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2013
Brownie Biscotti
Perfect chocolate biscotti! Followed the directions exactly (except I left out the nuts), and they came out wonderfully. Crunchy, flavorful, and just the right accompaniment to my morning coffee. People have different ovens and pans, and I'm willing to bet those who had problems with burning weren't using parchment. Greasing might be okay if you have the right pans for it (dark non-stick pans will burn just about anything), but parchment really is your friend here. I started out with 10 mins on each side for the second bake, and they were still a little soft, so I gave them another 10 mins standing upright. Perfect! Also, definitely DON'T use a serrated knife. You need a long, very sharp slicer, and use a gentle sawing motion. If you're using force with the knife, it needs sharpening. If you're trying to cut these with a dull knife, you might as well use a hammer instead, you'll get the same result.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2013
Strawberry Gelato
The lack of cream in this recipe makes it lower fat but also incredibly fiddly. Gelato should have *some* cream in it, and this doesn't. Because of the lack of cream, it's absolutely essential to use whole milk. Even with whole milk, heating the custard even a little bit too quickly will result in curdling, which is what I assume happened to the previous reviewer. All stoves are not the same, and slavishly following the recipe to the letter when you know medium is too hot for custard on your stove is a near guarantee that you'll have a failure. If you can get the heat just right to get this very low fat custard to thicken without curdling, then it's pretty tasty. It took me three tries and a dozen eggs to manage it, though. If you're not an extremely experienced gelato maker, I'd recommend passing this recipe over in favor of one that contains at least a 3:1 ratio of milk to cream.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2012

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