Fitmommy Profile - (18375345)


Home Town: Northeast, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Southern, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Jan. 15, 2011 7:45 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2011 8:11 am
Like so many people, the excesses of the holidays leave me bloated and sugared-out. Every year, like a preordained rendez-vous, I meet January first with the same resolve to detox and return to a more sane approach to food - an approach that does not elevate flour, butter and sugar to… MORE
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From The Blog:  Cooking Outside The Box
Oxnard Strawberry festival
About this Cook
I began my love affair with the kitchen when I was in Junior High School - I figured out how to make the perfect crepe for french class.I put myself through college working in restaurant biz. Whether I was serving Japanese, Continental, Fusion or even breakfast faire, I was excited about the food and always intrigued by the process of serving a great meal!
My favorite things to cook
These days, it's all about whole foods for me. I want to have a working knowledge of where my food comes from and how it gets to me. My favorite preparations usually have a hint of the exotic. I love the challenge of emulating unique restaurant finds at home. I am perpetually intrigued by the limitless combinations of flavor and continue to draw influence from great food cultures from around the world.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For the better part of my childhood, McDonald's was usurping the family table. But there were some traditions that held fast - Corned beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, traditional Green Thursday offerings, breaking a triduum fast with pickled eggs... I love food traditions that have a sense of heritage and symbolism. I am always proud to share the Pennsylvania/German and Irish-American food heritage that peppered my childhood and eager to create a culinary legacy for my own children.
My cooking triumphs
No matter how many successful holiday spreads or elegant dinner parties I complete, nothing trumps the feeling of seeing my toddler eating indian-spiced lentils or simple steamed edamame.
My cooking tragedies
I have an ongoing battle with my bread machine. It seems like a crapshoot everytime I load it:)
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Guinness(R) Bread
This is a tasty bread! Tried it for St Pat's day slathered in Kerrygold. YUM!! Baked it in a cast iron dutch oven. Came out perfect. However I followed a previous suggestion and started with a temp of 400 and dropped to 350. Can't imagine it wouldn't be overdone with a higher temp??

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2012
Spaetzle II
This was great! tasted jut like my German Great Grandma made:) - I made little snakes and sliced really thin!!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2010
Easter Buttermilk Hot Cross Buns
Every year on Good Friday we make hot cross buns. I had some buttermilk on hand, so I thought I would give this recipe a whirl. So glad I did! We will absolutely be using this next year. I made some slight alterations. For the flour, I used a 50/50 combination of whole wheat flour and bread flour. I mixed the wet and dry ingredients separately (after proofing the yeast and this made a very easy, workable dough! Also made small slits on the top before baking, so they had lovely cross ridges in the top. I topped them with royal icing, so the crosses were predominant.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2010
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