Anythingonabudget Profile - (10911029)

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Home Town: Washington, D.C., USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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(Multi)grain Maniac
About this Cook
My name says it. I have a lot of inspiration but not much money so I have to create on a budget which usually brings me to upgrading mixes or infusing new tastes into canned goods which I go into below.
My favorite things to cook
Love to cook quick breads. Much like stew, varying the ingredients of a quick bread produces a hearty winter weekend breakfast thing to a sweet desserty thing. Pumpkin cinnamon and nuts; lemon orange and apricots; bran molassas and cloves; a quick bread can be a cook's canvas on which original flavors are married together.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Unfortunately, my traditions are my own. My mother-bless her-is of the 'boil those cabbages, kale and collards with a hamhock til they die' kinda lady; bringing about my clean slate beginnings. A new bride 25 years ago without the internet, I was looking for reasonably priced divine intervention and the paperback Pillsbury cook books at my check out were a light in the window. Each month, one $2.50 book with over 50 tested recipes (and colour pictures) highlighted a different aspect of american dining. Going to a brunch, cooking for two, cookies only, the holidays or harvest baking-personally, I felt saved. And for the cynical no, I do not work for Pillsbury nor ever have. Guess I just wanted to sing their praises after all these years.
My cooking triumphs
In the too buzy to cook every day department, I enjoy the double benefit of adding fresh/special ingredients to mixes for an upgrade. My Lazy Day Alfredo recipe combines a MCCormick Alfredo mix with fresh grated parmesan (to name one upgrade)for great hearty taste on a school night. In the "spoon full of sugar..." department, I add great tasting things to not so great but healthy things for vitamins I can get down my throat. One of these is my very own "Anna Maria green beans" Check it out!
My cooking tragedies
Cooking asian and anytime I fail to fully grasp the preptime necessary for labour intensive dishes. My first was 'peanut whiligigs'. Three hours later, I was mulling over the benefits of throwing it in the trash or the oven!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Coffee Date Bread
I too love this recipe!! But I have a different take. I searched recalling (barely) the ingredients I knew from old Pillsbury recipe book I'd lost long ago and MOMSRIGHT popped up. FANtastic! My Mom prefers walnuts and I recall my Pillsbury recipe used-4 cups-in ONE loaf pan. Can you imagine? Well, walnut and sick-to-death-of-jellied-fruit-fruit-cakes will tell you--its a master stoke of a replacement! carefully combine 4C of whole walnut halves (English, not black) into the recipe last and then fold into your pan. YUMMM Thanks, MOMSRIGHT

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2012

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