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Baking Nana


Baking Nana
 
Home Town: Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA
Living In: Eastvale, Ca, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Music, Charity Work
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Oct. 24, 2014 11:42 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 4:07 am
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About this Cook
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
Recipe Reviews 880 reviews
Chef John's Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are a very sweet / salty treat. Mine did not spread like Chef John's, but I used a cookie scoop and did not flatten them at all. 10 minutes at 375 was perfect for a crisp edge and soft middle. I did use unsalted butter and I am a salt lover but these had a very salty bite to them. I would back down the Kosher salt to 3/4 to 1 tsp. The dough was a bit difficult to deal with chilled in the bowl. (Very stiff) Next time I would scoop the dough, with a cookie scoop into balls first and then refrigerate. Then bake the chilled balls. Note: 2 cups chocolate chips equals a 12 oz bag of chocolate chips.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2015
Chef John's Teriyaki Burgers
These really tired to fall apart while grilling. I chilled the formed patties because they seemed too moist, not sure if that helped or not. They were hard to turn and without exceptional care would have become fuel for the fire. The taste was great. Hubby asked where the grilled pineapple was. Opps, next time!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2015
Zucchini Patty Pancakes
I used gold zucchini & Oaxaca cheese instead of cheddar. I am sure these would be great with cheddar, I just didn't have any. I used the food processor for the zucchini, onion and to crush the crackers. One tip, they are rather difficult to flip if you make them large. Rather than 8 large pancakes I did 16 smaller ones and they were much easier to turn. Also, I would wait to add the egg and salt until just before you cook them. As the batter sits it gets a little runny. Mixing it up just before cooking solved that. Thanks for a nice way to use up a ton of zucchini.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 17, 2015
 
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