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Dinah


Dinah
 
Home Town: Burlington, Vermont, USA
Living In: Virginia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Reading Books
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Dinah's Challah
Dinah's Challah
About this Cook
I'm a crazy baker who lives in Virginia with my husband and cat. I'm a serial crafter with a new hobby every month or so, but my day job is a webmaster for a small non profit.
My favorite things to cook
Fudge - I can't get enough. I love to experiment with new flavors, try new methods and see what works. I especially love the reactions from all my "taste testers". :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is probably apple pie. I'm an eight-generation Vermonter - and my family has strong New England views on how a pie should be made and eaten. Cheddar cheese on top is a must. And a pie without a pie bird is just terrible!
My cooking triumphs
Honestly, the biggest cooking triumph for me is in capturing and continuing longstanding family recipes. We have many Jewish recipes that have been passed down for generations - I've been cooking with my mother and grandmother since I was a child. In college I baked these traditional recipes with my friends and insisted they mail some home to their parents. We have a three-generation cookie exchange every year. A few personal triumphs: My husband says I make the best banana bread he's ever had (secret ingredients include vanilla extract, tons of chocolate chips, and sometimes a little maple sugar). I've aspired to bake a better apple pie than my grandmother (but that's a tall order). And on a dare at my office I attempted to make cream puffs with great success. I absolutely love it when an experiment goes well!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make a spicy fudge I didn't quite understand how to use my candy thermometer - I left the mixture to cool and it actually hardened in the pan. Disastrous! My husband had to resort to hot water and pounding to reclaim the pot.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Pumpkin Fudge
This recipe is delicious - but difficult. I've had it not set, had it carmelize, had it turn to rocks, you name it. I started using a bigger pot to avoid boil-over. Takes me roughly 12 mins to get the ingredients to reach a boil, then another 15 mins to reach 132 degrees, then another 40 mins to get down to 110. I then threw it all in a mixer and mixed on low/medium for five minutes. Not sure it really lost it's gloss but it did thicken. Hopefully this'll work!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2013
Beef and Broccoli
We thought this was really good! Our beef came out a bit chewy - might try a different cut next time. We followed the recipe but also listened to some of the other reviewers and added 1 cube of beef bullion, a little sesame oil and a little ginger. We'll definitely make this again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2013
Playgroup Granola Bars
I've started making this recipe every few weeks and mailing it home to my parents and grandparents. They love it so much they freeze half so it lasts longer! I make a few changes - 1 1/2 cups oats, 1/2 cup rice crispy cereal (to give it more crunch) - and instead of a full cup of flour I use 1/2 cup white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. Then I toss in whatever dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips I have in the house. Wonderful!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2012
 
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