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The wonderful world of 'Manda

 
Oct. 27, 2012 11:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:18 pm
It's the time of year when spook is in the air and everything wants a little something sweet to whet their appetites until Halloween, and all the candy it brings, is upon us. Adults and children alike celebrate this time of year across the nation. But why wait until the night of Halloween for… MORE
Caramel Corn Treat Bags make a spooky yet tasty, portable treat for kids to munch!
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These Peanut Butter Crunch Balls are addicting!
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These Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes were the star of the party!
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Caramel Corn never tasted so good!
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Apr. 24, 2012 10:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 2:32 pm
I love butter. What's not to love about it, really? It tastes great, whether it's used in a savory application, a sweet application, to bake delicious treats or to add an extra bit of delicious creaminess.  Being a fan of butter, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. What is my favorite… MORE
Vanilla Buttered Popcorn.
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Steak with garlic butter.
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Apple Pie - crust made with butter!
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Olive Cheese Bread - a delicious mix of cheese, butter, mayo and olives.
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Oct. 8, 2011 8:10 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 9:06 am
Tonight I had a few of my friend's over for the Barber Foods Allrecipe Allstar dinner party I was to host this month! I have to admit; I've never hosted a "dinner party" before but I figured it's just like any other party with the addition of dinner :-). I made some Quick Yeast Rolls that… MORE
 
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Nov. 5, 2009 11:37 am 
I've recently moved into a new place and I finally have a kitchen all my own! I have my wonderful boyfriend and my best friend living with me now and we're having a blast.My poor best friend though. After having my God Child she has never been able to reclaim her love of chicken! While she was… MORE
Chicken Pot Pie Soup!
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French Rolls - Very Tasty!
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Baked Chicken Nuggets - tasty and not bad for you.
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Mother-In-Law Chicken Soup - Mmmm Mmmm Good!
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Mar. 20, 2009 10:59 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2011 10:27 am
My cooking adventures continue in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. First let's start with the good.The Good:All Day Apple Butter - what a seriously delicious thing I never knew existed before this website. I ended up making a simple apple pie for a friend's birthday and I had some left over… MORE
Black Bean Stew inside of an Italian Bread Bowl - This was a great Chili with a boring bowl I might
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Rice salad? Such a thing exists?
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Spicy Patty Melt - Delicious!
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Cheesy Ramen - not bad when you're broke.
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Feb. 25, 2009 7:20 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2009 8:52 pm
In my household it is just the two of us - my boyfriend and I. My boyfriend will pretty much eat anything I cook, and he's perfectly fine with left overs - which we often have plenty of since I tend to cook more than we can eat on any given night.Monday night we made Flatlander chili. The chili… MORE
Steak with garlic butter.
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Flatlander Chili
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread
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Cheesy Polenta (with some excess garlic butter mixed in)
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Jan. 30, 2009 7:22 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 9:49 pm
Well, today I decided that I was going to bake everything under the sun while my Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast was cooking and I must say, I'm EXHAUSTED now! Tomorrow we are taking a trip down to San Diego (CA) to go to Sea World, and since the last time we were there we spent $30 dollars on… MORE
Monster Cookies V
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Flour-less PB Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Muffin
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Devils Food cup cakes
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Jan. 27, 2009 8:32 am 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2009 7:00 pm
So the woman we rent a room from brought home a huge bag of tiny, overripe bananas. Apparently someone at her work gave them to her to take home. Now, the woman we rent a room from does not cook usually, and I can't really say I've seen her eat a whole ton of fruit. So two days after she's had… MORE
 
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Jan. 15, 2009 8:09 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2009 4:35 pm
Lasagna - one of the greatest dishes ever made. Who could resist layers of gooey cheese, tasty turkey, all tied together with a delectable sauce and perfectly done noodles? I know I can't!Last night we had a wonderful dinner with my favorite lasagna that is quickly becoming a hit with others.… MORE
My Three-Cheese Turkey Lasagna
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Three Cheese Turkey Lasagna (Baked)
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Manda

Living In
Orange, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2007

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing

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About Me
I hope to be a future teacher. Right now I major in English and Political Science. One day I might aspire to be a local politician - who knows! Maybe even an acclaimed author. Oooh, acclaim! Right now my possibilities are endless. I also love to cook. I live with my best friend, my god child and my boyfriend. We're all a happy little family in which I do all the cooking since no one else in the house likes to cook. I also watch my god child one day a week and we try to do kid friendly recipes together to introduce her to cooking and nutrition. I try to plan meals but we usually end up going to the market once or twice a week to pick up food items on sale. Almost everything in my pantry, fridge and freezer come from a sale. We try and be very conscious of how we spend our money and what we spend it on. I have a coupon book and I do clip coupons regularly but we usually just end up getting "the store brand" of whatever is on sale because it's always cheaper anyway.
My favorite things to cook
I have a lot of favorite things to cook! This Christmas my boyfriend gifted me my first ever stand mixer. I try and use it at least a few times a week to show him I appreciate the gift. I've been making a lot of breads from scratch in my household. I also love love love to use my slow cooker! It not only makes delicious roasts, soups and sides but it makes them super easy too. I do go to school and I do have a lot of things to take care of at home, so when I know I'm busy I just throw something in the slow cooker and it always turns out fabulously! I make the best, non fried, not butter rich hot wings for my little sister who is a junk food enthusiast. My turkey three-cheese lasagna is a highly requested recipe by my junk food loving sister as well as my healthy conscious boyfriend. It's a recipe that can't be beat. I also do a four hour roasted chicken that is requested in my household a few times a month. I tend to do it on weekends when I have four hours at home to spare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is not the best cook in the world. My grandmother, on the other hand, has made everything from scratch since she was a little girl. Growing up I remember helping her cook before she moved to another state. We had a great time together and she is my inspiration for learning to cook myself and not just eating the junk food, frozen food and canned food readily available in the house I grew up in.
My cooking triumphs
My mother made THE WORST everything, especially pot roast. Her idea of a pot roast was to stick a piece of meat in water in a steamer and let it cook all day, as if it were in a slow cooker. That was not good eats. My boyfriend is a huge fan of pot roast and I happened to have won a slow cooker last year at his family's gift exchange. I decided to chance it and make my first ever pot roast that hopefully didn't taste like shoe. It was amazing and delicious! I was so happy and now it's something we both enjoy eating regularly, usually when roasts go on sale at the market.
My cooking tragedies
What's tragic right now is that I don't have a BBQ! We've recently moved and while I have my whole kitchen set up I lack a BBQ in my yard.
 
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