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Home Town: South Central, Texas, USA
Living In: Coppell, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography
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Whole Wheat version, Buttery Soft Pretzels
Salt Pretzels, Cinnam Sugar Pretzels
About this Cook
former caterer. Tastes 'n prefs: tranquil > busy, mountains > beach, wine > beer, local > chain, classical > pop, attend > watch, Discovery > sitcoms
My favorite things to cook
master baker of all forms of breads and desserts. Enjoy the patience and effort to make a quality handmade loaf of bread. Mains: creative experimenter with herbs and condiments for mainly veg dishes. Emphasis on natural foods without (or with as limited as possible) chemicals, additives, preservatives or refined ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
mains; handmade breads, desserts, pies; mainly Southern & Cajun regional dishes
My cooking triumphs
grand champion in all dessert contests entered (with a different submittal for each contest)
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Buttery Soft Pretzels
excellent! Made two batches. Sub'd applesauce for oil and cooking spray for butter both batches. They are still outstanding without adding artery-clogging fat to them via butter and oil. Second batch, made the following add'l modific for health reasons: whole wheat flour only, subtract 3 T sugar from 1/2 c called for. Very good again, both plain and with honey drizzled on top. Read many reviews before making. Used 4c flour instead of 5c. 400F oven for 8 min instead of 450F. Be sure to roll them out to 20-24 inches. That seems long, but is necessary since they proof-out after shaping and before baking. (For first-timers: yes, baking soda bath is necessary for true pretzel taste.)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2012
Ancho Honey Mustard Sauce
This a great sauce, versatile as a salad dressing or dipping sauce. I used as dressing for salad, and as a dip for mushrooms and bread. Straight up delicious. Truly a sweet-meets-heat item. The chipotle powder gives it a great smokiness and heat, balanced by the sweetness of the honey. It took three days to use up the sauce, and the heat definitely increased each day--which is great since I enjoy food with a kick. One of the best things about this is you can distinctly tell as a dressing this is fresh--the taste is absent the distinct flavor of preservatives and artificial components of commercially made dressings. Awesome. Super easy to make. 5 minutes tops, and you have a natural and low-calorie dressing with great flavor...

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 3, 2011
Rocky Road Ice Cream
Delicious and very easy to make. Made for 4th of July, it was loved by all. Made the cream the night before, let sit for almost 24 hours (always do this w/ homemade, it enhances the flavor). Got cream going in electric IC maker, added nuts & marshmallows 10 minutes into it. After 25 min it was ready, and great!

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