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About this Cook
I am a homecook- I started cooking in the kitchen with my mom when I was very little and was making up my own recipes by middle school. My husband (who grew up on hamburger helper) claims I've turned him into a food snob.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking BEAUTIFUL food and food for the holidays.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always would let my brother and me pull up a chair to the stove and help her cook. I like doing that with my own little ones because it reminds me of being home with my mom. It was so special to me then and hope that one day my kids will look back and remember it fondly the way I do now.
My cooking triumphs
My perfecting a prime rib recipe- and a lovely chocolate torte. And my Ministrone is to DIE FOR!
My cooking tragedies
I once made a butternut squash that my husband says was not very good. I still think it was delicious. But I haven't made it since.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Cake Mixes from Scratch and Variations
I have followed the tweaks suggested earlier: swap oil for shortening, increase milk to 1 1/2c. I have also added a box of pudding mix to mine and it made for a very moist cake. In one version I made pistachio using pistachio pudding and subs almond extract for vanilla. Also, I have made a divine lemon cake with this recipe by subs. lemon extract for vanilla and adding vanilla pudding. It is a delicious cake, much better than boxed mixes. The texture reminds me of my delicious wedding cake. MMMMMMMMM!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I recieve compliments whenever I make it!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2007
Easy Microwave Chocolate Cake
Flavor-wise, this is a 3 1/2... convenience-wise, this is a 6. I took the advice of others and added just under 1/2 c. extra sugar. I think I'll add a little less next time, however, maybe enough to total 1/2 cup. I added 1/3 c. chocolate chips but will decrease to 1/4 cup. Although the addition makes it taste good, it makes it rather sludgy. I agree with another reviewer that the cake itself was not chocolaty enough. I will be doubling the coca powder next time... and there will be a next time. I think I shall make this once a month to cure my chocolate craving!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 21, 2007
Pizza Dough I
I think people are missing the point of this dough. This dough is meant to be EASY so that you can make it last minute. Adding the extra steps completely ruins the ease of this recipe. It is delicious, AS IS. If you want to tweek it to add flavor add some herbs to the dough. Of course the dough could be better with more time and more steps (and it is, I've taken the time). But the recipe, as is, deserves the full 5 stars. You will never make pizza dough better than this with this little effort put forth. Thanks for the FABULOUS recipe. We will never order out again.

3401 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2007

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