MagicallyDelicious Profile - (1085311)


Home Town: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a Mac nerd living in Chicago. I love baking, movies, music, reading, my iPad, and blogging at my site,
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food and desserts. I love making memorable meals and eye and taste-pleasing desserts that friends ask for the recipe when they taste them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas dinners - the whole family pitches in to make dinner on Christmas day. We always have fun preparing it. Nothing too fancy, but always delicious and a fun day had by all. I also enjoy making lots of different cookies and treats for Christmas and giving them to friends and family to enjoy.
My cooking triumphs
An Italian ricotta cheesecake with a really subtle citrus that was so light and delicious...but it literally took me nine hours to complete. With so many steps, it was a challenge but it was (almost) worth the pain of creating it. We'd tasted this amazing cheesecake at an authentic Italian restaurant in Chicago and it took forever to find a recipe that rivaled it. A fantastic cheesecake that I may have to make again now that I'm thinking about it...
My cooking tragedies
My most famous cooking tragedy is a pan of brownies. I was trying an "as seen on tv" contraption that looks a bit like an ice cube tray, that promises to make the perfect brownie. My recipe decided to crawl out of the pan and ooze everywhere. It was a lot of fun cleaning that up, and it reminded me that good cooking/baking doesn't require any gimmicks!
Recipe Reviews 157 reviews
Heavenly Lemon Cake
Delicious! Yes, very lemony but that's the point. I did tone mine down a tad from the recipe though by doing a couple things. I used Meyer lemons - a little sweeter. And rather than use granulated sugar and heat, I used powdered sugar and microwaved for about 20 seconds. I think this recipe would be a good base for other flavors also - vanilla bean, chocolate chip, almond, orange...I can't wait to try it out with different options. And yes, the cake is very dense, but not dry. Just be sure not to overbake. Thanks for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2015
Cinnamon Honeybun Cake
You have to have a super sweet tooth to enjoy this one. I liked it, but I would probably cut the glaze in half. My cake mix was only a 15 ounce, so maybe that had something to do with it, too. Next time I might also try this one as a bundt cake. Overall a good one, just tweak to your taste on the sweetness level.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2015
Blueberry Delight Muffins
These are delicious if you close your eyes when you eat them...mine turned a really, really unpleasant color green. But next time I'd try omitting the baking soda and doubling the baking powder to see how they turn out. Blueberries and baking soda often equal green and I think the combo of the blueberries in the applesauce and the soda made for an oddly forest green muffin. But they are bursting with blueberry flavor, and this recipe is otherwise a keeper. Very easy to make, very delicious muffins.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2014
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