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From: Boomer, NC USA

Joined: January 3rd, 2010

About me: I collect cookbooks and love to cook and try new recipes. I tested recipes for Leite's Culinaria for almost eight years. I learned to cook from many good southern cooks including my Mom, Dad, several Aunts and my Grandmothers. My children and husband also like to cook and try new foods and recipes. My son still lives with us but our daughter is married. She often visits to cook with me. We are adventuresome eaters willing to try new things.


Latest review:

November 19th, 2018

Bourbon Roasted Pork Loin from Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook

This was delicious. I know she says in the book not to use the good bourbon but all I had was Woodford Reserve so that's what I used. I marinated for about 8 hours in fridge. Loved the apples and onions... read more >


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Bake Happy: 100 Playful Desserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frostings, and more

By Judith Fertig
Running Press - 2015

July 5th, 2015


I recently won this book and Cake Therapist by the same author from http://thecookbookjunkies.com/. Will do a review of Cake Therapist as soon as I’m finished reading. Today I had my first chance to cook from this book. I made Lime Chiffon Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream and they were so good. Light as air with a hint of lime that complements the taste of the blackberries in the frosting.

If you’re wondering if you really need another baking book then the answer is YES! Since this book has so many new and interesting flavor combinations. Things like Blackberry and Lavender Turnovers, Meyer Lemon and Pomegrante Tart, Venezuelan Spiced Brownies, Coconut Lover’s Cupcakes with Secret Filling, Saffron Creme Burlee with Rosy Strawberry Compote, and so much more. There are recipes for bread puddings, flans, souffles, meringues, cakes, tarts, curds, cookies, pies, and lots more. The book is filled with 100 playful desserts to help you bake happy.

Not only will these recipes satisfy your sweet tooth they’ll help you have fun in the kitchen. There are quiet a few photos for those of us that love pictures with our recipes. I also like that there is some information included with each recipe that is fun to read and often filled with helpful information. I’ll be turning to this book often when I start craving something sweet or need something sweet to share at a celebration.