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Display Name: LeeannS
Member Since: 2/24/10

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I'm a pretty avid baker, so my husband made me a big bottle of homemade vanilla extract. He bought the beans in bulk and then used Skyy vodka. We tasted it after four weeks and thought it could use a little more time, so we're anxiously waiting! I love that it can be kept indefinitely and continuously added to with used pods, and I'm sure it only gets better with time!


Baker's Tip: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract
5/4/12 03:29 PM

Made this tonight! Delish! Can't wait to try it again with some Sriacha! Thanks for the recipe!


Fall Snacking Recipe: Peanut Butter Popcorn
4/11/12 08:57 PM

Mine is chilling in the fridge right now! The lick taken from the pot was really rich and delicious. I'll probably serve this tonight in smaller portions but, since it didn't make TOO much, I'm guessing that was @MeganJGordon's intention! And eating it cold, rather than warm, will also probably help cut the richness. (Not that I don't LOVE rich, chocolatey desserts--but it's unseasonably warm in Indianapolis today.) I can't wait!


Dessert Recipe: Coconut Chocolate Pudding with Coconut FlakesRecipes from The Kitchn
4/3/12 04:31 PM

I just made this! Cream of Wheat is always my guilty cold-weather pleasure, since it really doesn't have any of the nutritional benefits of, say, oatmeal.

I used the whole egg and I tempered the egg with the milk/wheat mixture before it became thick and creamy. While it was still liquid, I put some into the bowl with the whole egg and whisked - and no clumpy white bits in the finished product.

It is DELICIOUS. Honestly, I am SO glad you posted this, Faith! (And a little bummed I didn't think of it first!) Perfect way to make Cream of Wheat a bit more nutritious! Thanks!


Recipe: Enriched Cream of Wheat with Egg and Vanilla
1/20/12 09:53 AM

I made the bark recipe tonight, and I'm SO sad to report that it did not turn out as expected! The caramel was a bit too hard to bite through without the marshmallow oozing out, and the chocolate starting melting in my hand before I could bite through the caramel! All in all, the flavors were good but too messy to eat!


Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark & Pancake Doodles
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12/15/11 09:19 PM

Made these tonight! They were super delicious and not gummy at all. Definitely like a thick souffle - custardy but still light. I halved the recipe, and my husband actually ate two. Will definitely be making these again!


A Versatile (& Gluten-Free!) Recipe: Sweet Potato Sformato
10/6/11 09:43 PM

I just made the crack pie recipe from the LA Times...which is essentially Tosi's recipe (that was published in Bon Apetit) doubled. The comments were very hit-and-miss, but it'd been on my recipe "to do" list for a very long time. Anyway, I followed the directions to the proverbial T and it was an absolute hit with our guests. I'd read that the pie was tooth-aching sweet, so I bought whipping cream to make an espresso whipped cream as a contrast, but by the end of the night, I had forgotten to make it. I received so many compliments, I'll just forget the whipped cream next time. I'll definitely be making this pie again! (In mini tart form perhaps...?)


Momofuku Madness: Crack Pie and Compost Cookies
9/4/11 04:18 PM

My husband and I made the above-linked recipe this morning. We eat qunioa pretty frequently, but using it as oatmeal takes a little bit of getting used to. The recipe can definitely be made your own - adding apples and bananas to the pot seems like a great idea to add a touch of needed-sweetness. Certainly a good starter-recipe! Thanks for the link!


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2/28/11 08:29 AM

OK, I know this is an old recipe, but I still wanted to put my two-cents in for future bakers. The rolls turned out delicious. The initial dough turned out WAY too sticky. It was literally un-rollable in my attempts to form the dough balls. We added lots more flour, which probably overworked the dough too much because, after two hours, the dough hardly rose at all. With Easter dinner just minutes away, we baked them anyway and they actually turned out quite good. I was expecting a really fluffy, yeasty type roll, and they were not quite there, but everyone commented on how they were actually pretty tasty. Would try again, but will probably add much more flour at the onset. Good luck!


Recipe: Potato Dough Rolls | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/6/10 11:21 AM

My fiance's uncle turned us on to popcorn with Sriracha and grated parmesan cheese. We add a little butter, too, to help the cheese stick to each kernel. (Plus, what isn't better with a little butter on it?) You guys have to try it!


Popcorn Snack Attack! 8 Awesome Toppings for Popcorn | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/6/10 11:15 AM

I'm glad someone else appreciates a good 1/3 measurement cup! I wasn't sure if they were going out of style...I have these cups and really miss that one. Probably so do my baked goods...I usually end up (lazily) estimating somewhere between the 1/2 and the 1/4 line on another cup.


Mario Batali's Prep Bowls: Almost Perfect | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/4/10 03:11 PM

My fiance and I made these this weekend because we were just dying to try this recipe. Sadly, they turned out nearly inedible. Much too crispy on the outside, and the inside was not even remotely "gooey"--the way I like my chocolate chip cookies. Mainly they were dense and hard, and we ended up throwing the whole batch away. The original recipe was not sweet at all, so we added more brown sugar, more vanilla and white sugar. Still no luck. Glad we tried it but we won't be making these again. (Plus our waffle maker is a mess!)


A Fast Way to Bake Cookies: Use a Waffle IronFine Cooking | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/28/10 10:26 AM

Oh my gosh - seeing this tool literally brought a tear to my eye. My grandfather, who passed away just over a year ago, made a set of these for me when I must have been 8 years old. I bet I still have those "tongs" laying around somewhere at my parents' house! How funny...and how ahead of the times!


Good Product: Wooden Toaster Tongs | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/24/10 03:12 PM