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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Feb. 6, 2012 10:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2012 5:20 am
About this time of year, after months of dark, cold weather, I start wistfully thinking about summer and the promise of warmth and sunshine. One of my favorite desserts from childhood was a summer-only treat made of angel food cake/cream cheese/whipped topping ‘snow’, which Mom and Grandma… MORE
Berries in the Snow
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About this Cook
Mad scientist during the day, artist at night! Well, maybe not quite, but getting home from a very analytical job and starting a meal is so amazingly relaxing... Cooking is my daily creative outlet apart from painting and drawing.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything! It's all an adventure, but lately I've really been working on meat done-ness by feel, and meals that are light, healthy, and protein-veg adaptable. Bread, cookies, and pastries are my favorite weekend treats to bake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dinner with the family was a huge part of growing up. No matter what we were doing, or which directions we were going, everyone sat down to a home-cooked, from scratch, out of the garden dinner every night. I especially remember Thanksgiving turkey done on our Webber BBQ; so golden and crispy on the outside and moist inside! We'd stand around the BBQ for hours just sniffing and waiting for the bird to be done. I'm continuing the tradition of dinner as togetherness with my family.
My cooking triumphs
A 3 tier, custom turquoise fondant cake with pearl dusted fondant daisies for my sister's bridal shower. Every part except the silver dragees hand-made. Amazingly for a first-time fondant experience, it came out nearly perfect thanks to all the advice from AllRecipes members!
My cooking tragedies
I'm around 5 or 6 years old. Mom is out in the garden and I decide to make chicken noodle soup from a packet. Half way through boiling the noodles, I add more noodles, because it doesn't look like there are enough. Oops! Crunchy and overly tender noodles together! I've never forgotten that first basic lesson in cooking.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
This may be the best apple pie ever. Whenever I make it, I get rave reviews! I have tweaked the spices to my liking - a bit more cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg - but it's very close to perfect!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2011
Gingerbread Men
This is my go-to holiday cookie recipe! I make several batches every year, as the family, extended family, and co-workers beg for it. I do add a bit more spices - extra cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some all-spice... Just taste the dough until it gets to the point where you are satisfied. Comes out golden and chewy, hardens to a spicy (not too-sweet) cookie - delicious with a hot cup of tea!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2011
Rolled Buttercream Fondant
Much, much, much better than store-bought fondant. This tastes like marshmallow, and even if you don't plan on eating the fondant, it's nice to know it's actually edible unlike the pre-made stuff. Definitely take the time to knead this fondant quite a bit - otherwise it will just tear as you wrap it around a cake.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2011

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