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My name is Andrea and I live in Austin,TX. I graduated UT with a BA in Philosophy, but much good that did me!  I went on to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Austin as a Patisserie and Baking student. I interned at a wonderful local, from scratch bakery, Moonlight Bakery off South Lamar near Oltorf if anyone wants the best pastries in town! I am currently a pastry cook at Four Seasons Austin and get my butt kicked everynight on the restaurant dessert line, while simultaneously doing all my own prep and helping prep/plate for banquets. It is NOT an easy job and many days I want to quit, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I am vegetarian, get about 75% of my food from the local farmers' market or from my scratch kitchen, and am in the process of planting a garden (moved to a new house). Also, hope to look into getting some chickens!!! Not to eat! But to love and to eat their unfertilized eggs. But, as I said, have to research the logistics of it first. I'll be working on a vegan/gluten free dessert idea for work, so hope to get the kinks out and post the recipes soon to see how the people react to it. Thanks for reading and happy trails! Ice creaaaaaammm!!! Whether it's full fat, coconut milk, or wrapped in chocolate, I am a fan. Don't go for the commercial stuff much anymore. Love the local shops the most and make quite a bit of my own at home (although a Cuisinart just can't beat a PacoJet!!!), but sometimes I give in and buy buy buy!

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Pineapplebutter, In regards to the milan cookies keeping their shape.... You could refrigerate the dough a bit, though I've not tried that before. It might help....I have heard many making them in round shapes instead. They won't look like the milano cookies but will still taste the same:)

Also, the apple turnover will taste WONDERFUL with puff pastry. I've tried it before and it is delicious. The phyllo dough is lighter in calories and I can eat a bit more than the puff pastry:). I am glad you liked the recipes. Have a great day!~Ellie

4 years ago    ellie36

Thank you for the medals...and your sweet comments. I really appreciate it. As for the Multigrain bread and the oats falling off. I, too have the same problem:( ...I have decided, as of late, to just omit them. But...I wonder how a light egg white wash would work? It will probably give you a sheen...Gotta try that myself some time...it might just do the trick.

5 years ago    ellie36

Aww...you are too sweet! Thank you so much for your encouragement...that means a great deal. You put a smile on my face:)...so, thanks. I am sooo glad you enjoyed the fruit and nut chocolate dessert. You know, I LOVE being in the kitchen...so, I hope to inspire others as others have inspired me. I am glad you are trying out some of the recipes. Isn't it better eating something that is home made?!...You can always tweak a recipe to suit your preferences. That's the cool part. Anyway, thanks for your encouragement and have a wonderful day!

5 years ago    ellie36

Thank you for the medal...and for your sweet comment. I am so glad you like the recipe. You can definitely play around with the toppings.

5 years ago    ellie36

Hey, I left you a reply but realized you may not see it, look in my comments! :)

5 years ago    mermaiden

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