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SCARLETT74


SCARLETT74
 
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Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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Apple Betty
Coconut Pecan Chicken
Suprise Banana Cake
Barbecued Alaskan Salmon
About this Cook
I have a very demanding and time-intensive career, so I don't get to cook as often as I'd like. However, I try to spend time in the kitchen as much as possible. I love food, wine and trying new recipes and flavors.
My favorite things to cook
My husband and I live a healthy lifestyle, so I'm unlikely to cook recipes that call for lots of butter, heavy cream, processed ingredients or beef. With the once-a-year exception of Christmas cookies & treats! :-) I enjoy cooking chicken, fish and vegetable dishes that we can eat on weeknights. I also really enjoy baking-- particularly quick breads and cookies-- which I often bring into the office for my co-workers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is an excellent cook, and she taught my brothers and me everything she knows. We all love to cook. When we're all home at Christmas, we whip up wonderful meals together.
My cooking triumphs
My husband is not a foodie, so any time he's really impressed I consider it a triumph. The Tiramisu Layer Cake recipe on this site was a bit of a triumph for me as I won an award for it in a Junior League baking contest. Also, the Turkey & Black Bean Chili recipe has twice won me first place at a friend's Super Bowl chili cookoff.
My cooking tragedies
No major disasters yet, but plenty of times when a dish was just "okay" and nothing more. Actually, there was that time when I was 10 and accidentally made pancakes with flour and water instead of pancake mix and water. Absolutely disgusting, but pretty hilarious.
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Read the reviews!! I'm so glad I did. This makes 12 muffins, not 6. Grease your muffin tin well and fill only 2/3 full. I still had a touch of overflow, but it cleaned up easily on my non-stick pan. If you make 6 muffins with this mix you're going to have a disastrous mess. Following suggestions, I added some extra milk to the batter and reduced the amount of chopped apple. I didn't add the extra cinnamon, but think it would be a good idea, as the finished product was just a bit bland. I didn't really love the butter topping. The ratios seem off to me. It spread out and got thin and crunchy, which was okay but not super delicious.. I'd look for a different topping recipe. Overall, the family was pleased and the apple taste was satisfying, but I'd probably look for a different recipe next time rather than spend the time modifying this one to make it as tasty as it should be.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2012
Bread Pudding II
Pretty good! I kept pretty close to the original recipe, making a few changes based on the suggestions of other reviews. I used day-old French bread (cutting off some of the crust) cut into cubes. I added a pinch of nutmeg and a little vanilla to the milk & egg mixture. I let the bread soak in the liquid for nearly 2 hours before baking. The bread pudding looked lovely coming out of the oven. The top was a nice, toasty brown. It also smelled heavenly. The bottom half of the pudding was moist and like a custard. The top was a little more dry, but the combination worked pretty well. I think that next time, I will use some half-and-half or heavy cream in place of some of the milk. I'm also going to try using Brioche, as I think that texture will work well for bread pudding. This is a good base recipe that leaves room for experimentation.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2010
Apple Cake V
This was a quick and easy recipe. The only change I made to the instructions was to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry ingredients. It was easy as can be to assemble and glaze. We ate slices while it was still warm and this is definitely the way to go. This cake is fantastic warm. However, it does not sit well. Probably due to the large amount of vegetable oil in the recipe it gets oily and greasy after sitting overnight. The leftovers were not particularly appealing. But if you're baking this to be eaten the same day, it's a slam dunk.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2009
 
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