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Software developer by day, FABULOUS chef by night.

I've been cooking since I was five (and I do mean with fire). The first thing that I learned to cook was a scrambled egg. At age ten I fell in love with my mother's copy of the Good Housekeeping illustrated cookbook. The irony being that my mother doesn't cook.By age twelve, I was cooking full time for our family of six.

When I was told that girls weren't supposed to like math and science, I decided that that is what kind of career I was going to have. SO THERE! :P


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awarded  Yearling
Dec
19
answered How can I make my turkey gravy look darker and richer?
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awarded  Yearling
May
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answered How to bake Frozen French Fries
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Student
Dec
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comment Is cornstarch a less effective thickener when used with gelatin?
@Aaronut -- You have a very good point. When I said "boiling the heck out of them", I meant that they simmered (gently) for a REALLY LONG time (several hours, probably more than originally estimated). It wasn't a full rolling (violent) boil. At the end, I strained all the bits out and set it in the fridge overnight. The following day, I skimmed the fat off the top. I was left with a really solid (when cold) lump of turkey stock (or Turkey "Squeezin's" as we call them in my house).
Dec
13
comment Is cornstarch a less effective thickener when used with gelatin?
@rfusca - I guess I forgot to mention that I'm gluten-free, so a roux won't cut it in my house
Dec
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asked Is cornstarch a less effective thickener when used with gelatin?
Nov
29
comment What cookbooks do you always come back to?
The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book is probably my favorite cookbook ever. I started reading it when I was ten, and it was my "cooking teacher". Once I got started cooking, I used it less and less, but it's still one of my reference books. I consult it from time to time for favorite recipes or ideas.
Oct
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answered Toasting sandwich bread before packing a lunch - when is it appropriate?
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awarded  Supporter
Sep
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comment What are some good gluten-free food alternatives?
Thanks for the note. I forgot to mention that one.
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answered What are some good gluten-free food alternatives?
Aug
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answered What kind of meat is used in cheese steak?
Aug
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answered How to recover vegetables that get “refrigerator crisper chill”?
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awarded  Editor
Jul
28
revised Why is my cheese sauce gritty?
added 8 characters in body
Jul
28
answered Why is my cheese sauce gritty?
Jul
18
answered What is the best way to convert recipes to gluten free, and how much xanthan gum is needed?