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Sandra T

Sandra T
Home Town: All Over South Arkansas!, Arkansas, USA
Living In: Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My husband Steven & I have been married since 1995 and our son Jacob was born in 1997. I've mostly been a stay at home mom, but I do volunteer work in my community. I don't really enjoy cooking that much so I love Allrecipes, where I can search for recipes that use whatever I happen to have and then make whatever is quickest and easiest!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking more than cooking - sweet breads are my specialty. One of my favorite recipes is Grandmama Smiths's Hawaiian banana nut bread which I make every Christmas to give to everyone. Most people call it hummingbird cake. I also like baking Grandma Mann's blonde brownies, they are the best. My cooking usually consists of whatever I can throw in a casserole dish and bake without a lot of prep work. My favorite to make is my mom's meatloaf with mushroom gravy. My son loves the meatball recipe I found on here and we eat that at least once a month!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Thanksgiving I make a sweet potato pie for my father-in-law, who claims to like them and my mother-in-law won't make them! I use real sweet potatoes, not canned, and my Aunt Nona's recipe. My favorite recipes seem to be the ones from family, I can always trust them to turn out great.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime I can cook something without burning, oversalting, overcooking, or much effort is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
My son likes to remind me of the time I was making him pizza toast and forgot they were in the oven - under the broiler on high for 30 minutes!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Easy Lemon Bars
This is a great recipe. The only change I made was to increase the lemon juice to 1/4 cup, after reading reviews that 1 T. wasn't lemony enough. My husband HATES lemons and lemon-flavored anything, but said these were good and that even with the increased lemon juice, were not overpowering. All the reviews saying the filling should be doubled, I don't agree - I thought the amount of filling was perfect for a lemon bar, which I think of being more of a cookie rather than cakelike. To each his own! I will definitely make again! (Also, I used a plastic tumbler to roll over the crust in the pan, rather than pressing it with my fingers...much faster and less mess!)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2014
Creamy Saffron Shrimp with Gnocchi and Caramelized Onion
I have made this several times and have loved it every time! It is super simple, it's the timing that can be tricky. I put the water for the gnocchi on to boil first, then saute the onion and after a few minutes, add 1-2 zucchinis cut into cubes, then remove from the pan after less than 5 more minutes. Right as the water begins to boil for the gnocchi, I add the shrimp to the skillet, and then put the gnocchi in the pot to boil. After the shrimp is pink, I add the zucchini & onions (sometimes I don't use the mushrooms in the recipe) and the sour cream, plus cracked black pepper, and by then the gnocchi is ready to add. Once it's stirred together, I plate it, sprinkle it with the parmesan, and serve immediately. Soooo good - and I have to use dried basil, but it still tastes delicious! Thank you so much for a wonderful, easy, tasty recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2013
Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
I made it exactly as directed and it was perfect. I've put this on a 2-layer chocolate cake twice - the second time I used a large-sized spreader for icing cakes and it made it easier than the first time when I just used a regular spatula. Both times I've topped the frosting with the satiny chocolate glaze also found on this site and it makes it taste like a melted peanut butter cup - soooooo good! Thanks for a great recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2011

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