• Joined May, 2009
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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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Quinoa and Black Beans

Quinoa and Black Beans

My first time actually cooking with quinoa. It was simple to make and delicious; a very filling meal that will give you hours of energy for a workout later. Thanks for posting. — burnsma55817 5/26/2010
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Made these again, even though it's the summer, the flavors were awesome. These are becoming a household favorite. 5/15/2010
Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Easy recipe. I used butter as well. I also set the oven to 350 instead. They stayed ooey-gooey-chewy even the next day. Thanks! — catgurrl 5/15/2010
Herbed Lentils and Rice

Herbed Lentils and Rice

Delicious! This will be made very often here! I thought the flavor combination was excellent. 5/10/2010
Cranberry Apple Butter

Cranberry Apple Butter

Pretty tasty. I think mine needed to thicken up some more though. 5/4/2010
Apple Turnovers using Phyllo Dough

Apple Turnovers using Phyllo Dough

I really enjoyed the filling for these, but I think next time I'll use a puff pastry sheet. I used them for some apple walnut gorgonzola turnovers, and they MADE them. So next time, I'm using the puff pastry. If I do that soon, I'll let you know how much of a difference it makes. Thanks for posting! — ellie36 5/4/2010
Brown Sugar Cookies - Cooks Illustrated

Brown Sugar Cookies - Cooks Illustrated

These were super chewy and delicious when they first came out. After they cooled, I bagged them to take to work and they hardened to almost a ginger snap. Do you have any tips for me? — eribac 5/4/2010
Milan Cookies

Milan Cookies

Delicious! Coworkers said it tasted like the real deal but had a certain distinctive flavor from them. I didn't add the orange zest, only the orange and lemon extracts at your suggested amounts and it was plenty flavor. Do you have any tips for how to keep the sizes more consistent? Maybe refrigerate the batter to firm for piping? Please let me know. — ellie36 5/4/2010
Brown Sugar Cookies - Cooks Illustrated

Brown Sugar Cookies - Cooks Illustrated

Delicious! I used a cookie scoop and got just over 4 dozen cookies with this recipe. I used a combination of light and dark brown sugars. Thanks for posting. — eribac 4/28/2010
Caw's Cornbread Muffins

Caw's Cornbread Muffins

Everyone loved them. Next time I'm going to add some pepper jack cheese to them to spice them up. — drvicky 4/26/2010
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

I made this for my boyfriend's birthday and not only did everything think it looked amazing, but tasted amazing as well! It's very rich due to the bottom layer, so I had to make the slices small so we could all finish our own, and milk was a must! I pipped some homemade whipped cream on the top and bottom and added some sliced strawberries which was a perfect compliment and a nice break from chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. I'm taking the leftovers to a BBQ and know it will not last after that. Thanks for posting, you made me look like a professional! P.S. This cake took me all day, from getting the ingredients, making each layer and then letting it cool and set for two hours in between, and then decorating it, but it was so simple and so worth it. — phf 4/24/2010
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Awesome cinnamon rolls; exactly like Cinnnabon. I made a couple of changes however. I used half bread flour and half all purpose flour and the dough was extra tender and soft when baked. I cut down the margarine a bit to spread over the dough before rolling; from suggested 1/3 cup to 1/4 cup instead. I had splenda sugar blends in my cabinet and used that, can't taste the difference from pure sugar with those blends! And I halved the icing recipe. They were amazing, but next time I think I'll add a little less powdered sugar and a bit more cream cheese for the icing. They are way too sweet first thing in the morning, but perfect for a brunch. Thanks for posting, you rock! — scanavan 4/18/2010
Lentil Chili

Lentil Chili

[I posted this recipe.] — pineapplebutter 4/17/2010
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

I got them to be both chewy and crisp, so something for everyone! These were very good and easy to make. I did not roll them in sugar simply because I forgot to do so before forking the first cookie ball and decided to continue not sugaring them. I don't think anyone minded. ;) — sgrishka 4/14/2010
Inside-out Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Inside-out Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Delicious! Soft and chewy is my favorite. Thanks for posting. — sgrishka 4/14/2010
Multigrain Sandwich Bread

Multigrain Sandwich Bread

I made this bread yesterday to replace store bought sandwich bread and it was well worth the time and effort. Actually, most of the time you don't have to do anything but let the dough rise, so it's not that difficult. The flavor was wonderful, much better than anything prepackaged. I used Bob's Red Mill 10 grain hot cereal from Whole Foods and used a mixture of both pumpkin and sunflower seeds because I happened to have both in my pantry. The only troublesome part of this bread is the oats not fully sticking to the top of the bread. Once I sliced the loaf, I'd say about 50% of them fell off. What can I do to fix this; I followed the instructions right down to spraying with water. — ellie36 4/12/2010
Cheddar Crackers or Goldfish Crackers

Cheddar Crackers or Goldfish Crackers

These are just as addictive as the name brands for me, but much less salty. I was having trouble rolling them thin, just because rolling is not my forte. (I let them chill overnight, so maybe i should have let them reach room temperature before rolling.) So they were a bit thick going in and coming out, but the flavor is still amazing. I know if I can thin them out some more, I'll get a crispier cracker. Thanks for posting! — ellie36 4/10/2010
Jeff's "Cecils anyone?" Triple-Cheese Mac Attack

Jeff's "Cecils anyone?" Triple-Cheese Mac Attack

Delish! I loved the combination of flavors, especially the sour cream in this. This took me longer than it would most only because i didn't have shredded cheese but blocks and had to shred it myself. Easy to do and well worth it. Thanks for posting, this is a keeper. — vferrari 4/9/2010
Honey Curried Chicken

Honey Curried Chicken

Very good and easy to make. I halved the recipe, so I should have shortened the baking time. I didn't and they didn't burn but only got crisp. I saved some sauce before adding the chicken and it helped keep the chicken moist. Thanks for posting. 4/8/2010
Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken

Amazing! Tastes just like my favorite restaurant! I had no Fenugreek, so I just used the same measurement of yellow mustard seed. Delish! — jenkoch 4/8/2010

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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.

4 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!

4 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.

4 years ago    ellie36

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

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