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Leisa D

Leisa D
Home Town: Virginia, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a business consultant, wife, mother, writer and daring home cook! I'm intrepid in the kitchen. I believe that cooks were the original alchemists--having to 'make do' with whatever Providence had to offer (or not). That's quite a bit of responsibility that requires a good bit of creativity.
My favorite things to cook
We eat simply for everyday, and my infrared Solaire gas grill is something that I use rain, sleet and snow. For dinner parties, I enjoy putting together meals that my guests are likely not to prepare themselves--surprising them and delighting them with food and wine pairings that are a unique experience. My favorite dinner party meal is braised duck legs. Inexpensive, delicious, and easy to time for your party. Cuban Opera Cake is my favorite dessert that I love to make--and it stops the conversation. I also like to experiment with other desserts, but that is the penultimate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner and New Year's dinner are two of my signature meals that folks look forward to. For T-G, I have the old with a splash of new. NY's dinner is something I enjoy planning all new things. I should cook more from my Armenian heritage, for when I do my family loves is.
My cooking triumphs
Cuban Opera Cake! NY dinner where I served caramelized pears salad, a beautiful pepper crusted standing rib roast with a thyme wine sauce; zinfindel glazed shallots, and potatoes in creme. It was the best dinner that I have ever cooked.
My cooking tragedies
Besides the cut/burnt fingers from being overly tired.....Brussels sprouts with chestnuts in a garlic sauce. It sounded divine. I roasted the chestnuts (never again). A mediocre dish. T-G when my turkey spoiled from an over-loaded refrigerator. I opened the bad and almost swooned. I still had a ham. Husbando searched high and low for a turkey--but it was a turkeyless T-G. We had much to be thankful for--even the worst kitchen accident yields more food than many around the world can enjoy.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Homemade Hamburger Buns
Fabulous recipe. Even though we had a humid day, the buns were flawless. (I always use the scale for flour). I doubled the recipe for my need. My guests raved about them--and hey, how many times do guests have the chance to be served homemade hamburger rolls? I loved them, too. Couldn't have been easier or more flavorful. Cook's tip: I let the dough rise in an oiled plastic bucket dough bucket in my oven. No top. Door closed but with the addition of boiled water and poured into a pan. Warm and humid! My rising times/volume was much faster/larger, so keep a sharp eye out. I found the texture of the bun perfect for our burgers.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2014
Choereg (Armenian Easter Bread)
I have not made this particular recipe. However, I spent an entire weekend trying to duplicate my grandmother's recipe which of course was not written down. I found several recipes...this one being close if not dead on to the base recipe that I used. (Some from the internet, one from the St. James Armenian Church recipe book (Richmond, VA). After a couple of close encounters, I remembered that my grandmother used evaporated milk. When I substituted evaporated milk for whole milk, it tasted identical to my grandmother's. My grandmother would put M&M's, colored sugar, and gummy candies on top of the bread (likely for us!). We loved the way that it smelled in the kitchen. She made it at Christmas as well as Easter. Oh, how I miss her cooking--both the smell and taste of it! These also make WONDERFUL dinner rolls that your guests will love. So, don't relegate them to the holidays! Thanks you for sharing this recipe.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2011
Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls
I've not even made this recipe yet, but I know that it will be perfect. I'm writing to prevent any of you from following the advice by the first reviewer to go to the store and buy the canned cinnamon rolls. There is NO substitute for scratch v. canned rolls or those horrible sliced cookies. If you're going to buy something, go to the bakery for THAT is the only equivalent. 06/18/11...Review Update: I have made this recipe several times since writing my admonishment to NOT use a canned replacement. This recipe is outstanding. I have made these and given it to neighbor's so that they will have them for Christmas morning.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2006

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