BenevolentEmpress Profile - (18964048)


Home Town: California, USA
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Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm married w/2 kids (girl 21, boy 6) (!!!), paralegal, organization consultant, enjoy arts and crafts, hiking, camping, antique hunting, reading, and cooking!
My favorite things to cook
Californian fusion (sautes, pastas, etc.). Am always looking for fast, healthy, lower-fat dishes. My family loves exploring foods using spices in new ways and new combinations.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving turkey using fresh pomegranate juice from our tree, and pomegranate mimosas for the holidays. Traditional pastries handed down from my great-grandmother and new holiday baking traditions I have started with my children. Most of all, I enjoy cooking with my daughter, and exploring new recipes together. My little guy loves to help bake and decorate cookies.
My cooking triumphs
Getting the oldest child to eat swiss chard mushrooms, and the youngest to eat spinach!!!
My cooking tragedies
Relatively few and far between, but spectacularly awful when they happen!!! There is also one cookie recipe, using boxed cake mix (!) that I simply can't get right. Go figure.
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Rainbow Cupcakes
These were not bad for a basic recipe. Next time I would replace the milk with sour cream or yogurt, the oil with applesauce, and reduce the baking powder by 1/2 tsp. to improve the texture. Some cinnamon or cardamom wouldn't hurt either. I don't care for the taste of the food coloring; maybe gel colors would be better. Note: The three reviews below referring to cornbread are really good examples of why we now need a "report abuse" option on this site.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2012
World's Best Scones! From Scotland to the Savoy to the U.S.
WAY too much baking powder; leaves a horrible bitter baking powder taste in your mouth.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2011
Banana Sour Cream Bread
Great recipe. I followed the advice of other reviewers regarding cooking temp/time, and cooked 2 9x4 loaves for 75 minutes at 325. I note that the author used very small pans (7x3) which could account for the discrepancy in cooking temp/time. I added 1 Tbsp. spiced rum to the wet ingredients, and used a whole-grain baking mix instead of the flour, salt and baking soda. I added extra cinnamon, allspice and cloves to the dry ingredients. My loaves came out moist and delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2010
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