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Hobbycook


Hobbycook
 
Home Town: Tampa, Florida, USA
Living In: Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I have always been a career/business woman and while I loved and was famous for my great parties (especially my yearly Christmas party), I always had my larger parties catered. Then, something happened to me a few months ago and I am crazy and obsessed by cooking! I never learned, was never taught how important it was to have a well stocked kitchen with all the tools and gadgets. I am the last person my friends and family ever thought would get into cooking. I tell everyone "cooking chose me..." I remember my Aunt became a great artist around 50. I didn't even know she could paint! (and she said she didn't even know it either) and now she is an award winning artist. I think...this is my "art". I am inspired to become an expert cook, a fabulous cook. I want to be known for my cooking abilities. Go figure! When I cook: The world melts away and I can relax in my complete focus on what I am doing. To me cooking is science and art..combined. I just love it!
My favorite things to cook
Everything: I plan on trying everything. However, I do love "cooking from scratch" and love making challenging and gourmet meals. I've always loved variety and different flavors from all over the world and plan on trying everything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't have any yet, but my Granny did and I will incorporate those into my holiday meals because to me, she represented Love and Home. These foods are trifle, banana nut bread, oyster stuffing, and black cherry with almond jello.
My cooking triumphs
I have had amazing "beginners luck" with Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Pot Pie, Peach Cobbler, Sauteed Short Ribs with cheesy Polenta and the best ever chocolate brownies.
My cooking tragedies
I've made a few disappointing recipes, (no tragedies yet0 that I would not make again: Especially a Vietnamese Eggplant curry that was almost inedible, a Chicken lasagna that was pretty bland and flavorless. I also tried some recipes that were easy, but that I didn't really enjoy such as a version of dump cake from this site. There are so many recipes and meals I can't wait to try!!! I am in love with cooking and can't wait to make my next meal or recipe!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Black Magic Cake
This is the BEST chocolate cake on the planet!!! I use 13/4 cup sugar instead of 2 and it's perfect...not too sweet. I baked it for my brother's birthday and he didn't believe I made it. He thought I bought it at a gourmet bakery. I use a different frosting that whips up so light and creamy. (21/2 sticks of unsalted butter, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. I use Callebaut in both the cake and frosting and it is wonderful (I purchase it on Amazon.com). 3 cups sifted powdered sugar, 4-6 tbs. heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 11/2 tsp. salt. I soften the butter then whip it in my stand mixer for at least 4 minutes to make it very fluffy and soft easy to spread frosting. Then slowly add powdered sugar, cocoa, whipping cream (gradually to get the right texture), vanilla, salt. This chocolate buttercream frosting is so wonderful....taste and modify as needed. I also add mini Hershey's kisses along the sides and in the middle to decorate the cake and make it a triple chocolate threat! Enjoy

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2013
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Used fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1 tsp. orange extract. I made half the batch with just the white chocolate chunks and the other half adding 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks. Everyone who tasted them loved the ones with the dark chocolate in them the best. Not very sweet...like a healthy bowl of oatmeal made into a cookie. Would have no qualms eating these for breakfast. Will use dried cranberries next time and instead of the orange, I'll use cinnamon and instead of white chocolate, I'll use the dark chocolate again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2011
Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating
Easy and Delicious. I LOVED this dish, and will definitely make this over and over again! Very flavorful! I did marinate the salmon in the mustard/honey/butter sauce for about 11/2 hrs. before I added the topping. I removed the skin and brushed the sauce onto the underside of the fish as well. I used panko bread crumbs along with the pecans and parsley. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and it turned out wonderful. One of the best recipes I've found on here.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2011
 
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