VirginiaJ Profile - (18907751)

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Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean
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About this Cook
I grew up with a single and Very hardworking mother so at around the age of 8 I started trying to make my own dinners. About ten years of test trial and error later my mom finally got me out of her kitchen!! Now I love cooking for my mother, my boyfriend and his roommate...basically anyone who looks like they need to be fed =)
My favorite things to cook
I love pastas and breads. Anything that you get to knead with your own hands. The transformation that bread doughs go through as you prepare them is amazing and I feel so proud when they actually rise and turn out as loaves! Bagels are fun because they never last more than a couple hours after I make them, everyone loves them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember my mom used to wake up an extra 15 or twenty minutes early on weekdays when she had to go to work and I had school just to make fresh homemade blueberry muffins. They were sooo good! That was a wonderful thing to wake up to.
My cooking triumphs
I was really happy when I finally got the knack of baking bread, there's nothing like how proud you feel when you first pull a successful loaf out of the oven! Roasting a chicken was another thing that took a bit of practice!
My cooking tragedies
When I was 13 or so I went on a sugar cookie kick and made them often, I became overconfident...thought I could adjust recipes as it suited me...I had a lovely round seasoned baking stone that I would make cookies on. On day the fire alarm in the kitchen starting going off! Turns out my cookies had literally grown like a 50's horror movie ooze and run off the side of the stone in copious amounts. When the sugar and butter hit the heating coils on the bottom of the oven they caught on fire! There were flames obliterating the bottom of my oven and our roomie at the time ran in and rescued me with a big jar of salt and wet dishtowel =( I don't particularly care for sugar cookies anymore.
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Corn Dogs
I haven't had a corn dog in years but had a crazy craving for them. Since it's just me I quartered the recipe. I also wasn't about to heat up a whole pan of oil just to cook four corn dogs so I experimented and they came out well! Used a cast iron pan heated up very hot, laid the coated hot dogs down and gently rolled them as soon as the part touching the pan set up, cooked them til crisp on all sides and served with mustard, SO Yummy! Next time I will probably finish them off in the oven for about 15 minutes after crisping in the cast iron because the corn meal hadn't softened quite enough But they were still very tasty and very easy. Thanks for the batter recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2009
Shaker Lemon Pie
I recently discovered this pie and LOVE It, but I feel this recipe needs a little tweaking/clarification. The lemons do need to be see-through Paper Thin or the texture will be chunky and the taste too bitter. I usually let them macerate in the sugar for a full 24 hours on the counter, at this point the pith turns almost clear, instead of an opaque white. Also I stir in 1-3 T (depending on how juicy the lemons are) of flour into the mixture before baking to help it from being so runny. It's not a lemon pie for the faint of heart, it's actually reminiscent of a very tart lemon marmalade in a pie crust, but for those who love citrus...Oooh is it wonderful!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2009
Cake Mixes from Scratch and Variations
Don't overmix the batter, this goes for quick bread, drop biscuits, cake mixes...if you overmix, you'll get a peak or a little "break" on top, stop mixing Before you think you're done, there should still be a few lumps in the batter, just scrape up (or fold) from the bottom while mixing to make sure all the flour in the bottom is incorporated =) Hope this helps.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2009

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