mandaclari Profile - (10339028)

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Home Town: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Living In: Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian
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Here's Lookin' at You, Kid!
About this Cook
I am a 33 year old cancer survivor. I grew up in Arizona, lived in Salem Oregon for a few years and now live in Sierra Vista, AZ. I have been with my fiance for twelve years and live with him and our dog. They are both extremely happy to be my official guinea pigs.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, experimenting with pasta and figuring out exactly how to recreate restaurant dishes at home. I would probably have added dozens of recipes to this site if I hadn't learned cooking my mother's way - I almost never measure unless I am baking. We just eyeball everything and add "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" and nearly every time we make something, it's made a little bit different.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a few traditions mostly around the holidays. Every Thanksgiving we absolutely have to have broccoli casserole, which even broccoli haters love, and Christmas is not complete without our totally mutable pasta salad, Grandma's pumpkin pies, Mom's Scottish shortbread (recipe gotten from an actual Scot) and many other treats. My mother is an absolutely fabulous cook who is always experimenting. If you ask her for a recipe, she will tell you there isn't one, which I think has made us all fabulous cooks since we have to figure out half on our own how she got something she made taste so good!
My cooking tragedies
There has only been one time in my entire life that I made something so awful it was inedible. It was pasta and I don't remember what I put in it besides chicken and honey mustard, but I truly thought it would be okay until I tasted it. It was when I had first started REALLY cooking, and maybe I had started getting cocky or something. I was too inexperienced to know how to fix it, at any rate. The two most important things a cook can have in their arsenal are a good palate and experience. My good palate told me to scrap it and order Chinese.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Cocoa Rum Balls
I started making these for the holidays a few years ago and they are always a hit especially with my stepdad. The first year I made exactly as shown but since them have made variations - this past year I made two batches - one with Frangelico and hazelnuts and the other with rasperry extract and vanilla rum.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2014
Soft Molasses Cookies V
I have made these more than a dozen times and they are always a hit. They practically disappear as I am putting them out, and when I do have some left over after making a double batch they stay soft for days until they are gone. Sometimes I even put icing on them but to be honest they don't need it. Perfect as is and the only reason I haven't made them in several years is that they are too good - my fiance and I eat too many and after my mom had her heart attack I didn't want to make them and then refuse to give her any. She loves them, especially.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2014

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