AndiSue Profile - (10172103)

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Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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abby and me
About this Cook
Mom didn't cook much and when she did, it was generally from a tiny recipe box where the only spices were salt and pepper. I was banished from the kitchen when I was 5 after burning myself on the stove, so I never learned even the basics. Grocery shopping on my own for the first time was overwhelming. I had no idea where to start. The most adventurous I ever got was adding frozen broccoli to my ramen noodles. (And, I was proud about that!) I finally bought myself a cookbook and was very disappointed with the results. Lots of work to find only a few keepers. Over time, I built up a small recipe box but was getting tired of the redundancy. When I found with the rating system, I was in heaven. Pre-tested, pre-approved, abundance of meals. It has been a lifesaver. My husband and kids are very grateful! I feel like my cooking skills have grown and I finally joined this wonderful community.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything that is tasty, on the table in less than 90 minutes and is relatively healthy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is the one I have created for my kids. We sit down at the table every evening for a home-cooked meal. While I am cooking, my two young kids pull up chairs or the stepstool to watch and wait for opportunities to participate (like stirring or adding ingredients.) It just feels great to be teaching this important life skill (cooking) in a way that is fun and rewarding.
My cooking triumphs
My first really triumph in the kitchen is when I made my very first home-made spaghetti sauce. It was delicious and simple. Now my family is spoiled and we cannot eat the jarred variety any more!
My cooking tragedies
Several years ago, when I was learning to cook and trying out recipes from some library cookbooks, I decided to make vegetable patties. They sounded healthy and the picture in the book was beautiful. I spent all afternoon peeling and shredding vegetables and assembling the patties. It took so long that my other dishes were cast to the wayside (this was before my Cuisinart). Anyhow, at dinner, the smell was awful. My brave husband took a bite and literally gagged. If I had known about this disaster could have been avoided! I cannot tell you how much the ratings and reviews help.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Hasenpfeffer (Rabbit Stew)
The gravy alone makes this recipe worth the effort. My kids (who are very picky) raved about this dish. I used beef broth instead of wine (because I generally don't like the flavor wine adds to dishes). I also substituted red onion and mango-raspberry jam for the shallots and jelly. Even with the alterations, this was DELICIOUS! This is my favorite recipe I've gotten off of thus far. Thank you so much for sharing!! Even with the alterations, this was WONDERFUL.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2009
In-a-Pinch Ketchup
This ketchup tastes a lot like the Whataburger ketchup... which is my favorite. It is sweet and tangy and has a brighter flavor than those on the store shelves. Because I didn't have tomato paste, I substituted a can of tomato sauce and omitted the water. It turned out great! This ketchup also cans well. I have made up a large batch and jarred it using my canner. I open a jar when needed and refill the ketchup bottle.

62 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2009
Easy Gravy
Very quick and easy. I used bacon fat, beef base along with water and corn starch for my gravy. The results were better than the powdered gravy any day.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2008

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