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Living In: Washington, D.C., USA
Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a 22 year old mother of (soon-to-be!) 3 precious kids and a hubby who loves me to cook for him! He is in charge of the grill though :) I work part time, am working on my Bachelor's part time and baking is my "break". My 3 year old son loves to help me and when he does, it's some of my most treasured moments. I'm working on getting better with raw meat and the more "complicated recipes".
My favorite things to cook
Breads, cheese cake, pies, pastries, cupcakes, any sweet treats. I am currently still a work in progress when it comes to meats and I look forward to branching out of my comfort zone!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I got my love of baking from my grandmothers who make the best pecan pie, lemon squares, cookies, anything shortbread around. We also frequently stick to our German roots :)
My cooking triumphs
I'm known for my beer bread which I've been making since I was 12 (it's the EASIEST thing to make ever!). I am always amused how once I make it, people never stop asking me to bring it. I'm pretty sure nearly anyone could make a loaf - no special tricks here. I am also known for my desserts... baking is my thing.
My cooking tragedies
So many funny stories... for the first 2 years of our marriage my husband will tell you how many times I've put the pasta right in the water before boiling, I always forget! And I still have yet to cook pasta perfectly. Every "tragedy" has proven to be a great learning experience. By the time I'm a grandmother I hope to be skilled in everything culinary!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Eggnog Quick Bread
This bread is fantastic! I always, always read reviews for any recipe I find online and I followed everyone's suggestions for keeping this a moist bread. I used 2 cup of flour, a packet of vanilla instant pudding, 1 1/4 cup eggnog, and I added a tablespoon of vegetable oil for good measure. In addition to a loaf, this recipe made 4 "cupcakes" for me, my husband, my son, and my daughter and I coated those with an eggnog glaze that a previous reviewer suggested. I used a little bit of cream cheese in the glaze as well and the consistency was more of an icing that glaze, which I prefer. I needed to cook this for 55 min for the middle to set fully and at that point the sides and top were starting to burn. May try the "tenting" method next time. Tasted delicious nonetheless, this one is a keeper! Now that it passed the "family test", it's on to making this for friends and coworkers!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2011
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
So I'll admit, I am my own worst critic when it comes to my baking and I had high expectations with this recipe. About an hour out of the oven I wasn't impressed; it was dry and I was really hoping for a nice moist bread. The next morning my husband absolutely loved it and I was suprised at how much the taste had improved. I don't think this recipe quite makes a full 3 loaves. I was able to make one larger loaf, one small loaf, and about 4 muffins with the small amount I had left over. I also made a small bowl of cream cheese frosting - the usual cream cheese, confectioner sugar, vanilla, and butter combo. I frosted the muffins and drizzled over the loaves, yum! I brought a loaf and the muffins to work and they were gone by the afternoon. Everyone is begging me to make me again - so I'd say this is a hit! If anything I'd add a little bit more of each spice, I really love my flavor. I also used applesauce in place of the vegetable oil which is how I've always made my carrot cakes, etc. I wouldn't even try to eat this bread until the next day though, the taste is sooo much better. Enjoy! This is a keeper!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2011
Peach Kuchen
Kuchen has been a treat in my family for years and this is the first I've tried my hand at making it. I'm a somewhat beginning baker at 22 but I really enjoy it. My aunt gave me her recipe but because I didn't have shortening or cream on hand I went with this one. The final product was very dry and really lacked flavor. My husband who loves the family kuchen didn't even finish his slice. The taste improves as you get to the crust but I was surprised at the blandness. The only change I made was adding 1/4 tsp of rum extract after the vanilla. Seems to me there should have been more flavor. Our family recipe is a little different, adding in a filling with the peaches comprised largely of eggs, cream, and sugar. I would suggest adding a little more sugar to this recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2011

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