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Samantha Li

Samantha Li
Home Town: Fremont, California, USA
Living In: Davis, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Vegan chocolate cupcakes
Cinnamon Rolls 1
Cinnamon Rolls 1
About this Cook
I'm a college student at the University of California, Davis, majoring in managerial economics. I love baking and fattening up my friends. I don't really do any of the hobbies that they let you choose from in the "hobbies" section, so I'll list them here. I've been swimming since I was really small. I also love board games, music, dancing, reading, and useless trivia. I enjoy but am not very good at: gymnastics, guitar, surfing, and ultimate frisbee.
My favorite things to cook
I have a major sweet tooth, so my favorites are baked goods, like cookies, quick breads, and muffins. I love using my ice cream machine, although I'm not very experienced with it. And I'm a HUGE fan of group-friendly desserts, like fondue and monkey bread! As for entree-type foods, casseroles and soups in bread bowls are among my favorites. And I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Probably the most unique thing my mom did was let us sleep with a big jar of sake (rice wine) in our sheets, since the warmth in the bed sped up the fermentation.
My cooking triumphs
I'm pretty proud of baking and selling thousands of cookies to raise money for my sister's triathlon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $420 came in over just 2 weeks!
My cooking tragedies
Misreading a sponge cake recipe so the batter oozed out of the tube pan in the oven, filling the house with smoke; using jello pudding to frost a cake because I didn't have chocolate frosting; there are so many! And I once did the math wrong when doubling a recipe for apple crisp and QUADRUPLED the butter. It was more like apple sludge, and I'm sure that dessert took about 10 years off the life of each person who partook.
Recipe Reviews 119 reviews
Playgroup Granola Bars
I LOVE this recipe! These bars stayed chewy for days in an airtight container. It was a little too sweet for my taste, so I cut back on sugar the second time. I also love that you can easily add nuts, chocolate chips, change up the dried fruit, etc. YUM!!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2015
Lola's Horchata
I'm amazed by how easy it was! It was creamier than the stuff we've gotten at restaurants. At first I used a coffee filter, but that was way too slow. A sieve worked fine to strain out the rice. Thank you, Lola!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2015
Bread Machine Bagels
These bagels were chewy and flavorful, and using the bread machine instead of kneading by hand produced a more tender dough with WAY less cleanup! I think when I tried making bagels by hand, I kept adding flour to prevent sticking. But the teflon coating in the bread machine helps the dough stick to itself and not the bowl or blade. Plus, it's a great climate-controlled box for rising. One tip: put the dough rings in the water upside-down, so that when you flip them, they are attractive-side up, and you can bake them that way. It's way easier to flip the dough rings before boiling than after, when they're scalding-hot.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 15, 2014
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