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Sandra A

Sandra A
Home Town: Michigan, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been married for 20 years and began cooking when I was in high school. My mother taught me how to cook the basics and my mother-in-law taught me how to throw together a meal without a recipe.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE for those days when I just can't think of what to cook for my dear husband and 3 boys. I usually take several recipes and warp them together to create something new.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family history goes back generations of great cooks and gardeners. I love cooking comfort foods from fresh ingredients (from my own garden is even better).
My cooking triumphs
I have a few recipes that I have adapted to meet our family's tastes and they get rave reviews everytime I make them. I make a great sweet potato casserole and super baked "Miss Molly" potatoes (named after a friend of ours who gave us the basic recipe)
My cooking tragedies
Because I love to "create" my own recipes we have on occasion had to feed the trash can and order a pizza. I can't tell you exactly how many or what those meals were but they were true tragedies in the kitchen. My family says my cooking tragedy is that I always seem to catch the toaster oven on fire (at least once a year).
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Pumpkin Bars I

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Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2014
Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy
This was close. The flavor was good but it was fairly thick. This could have been that we cooked it too long. We will be trying it again with a few tweeks. Definitely needs the 1/4 teas salt and a full 1/2 cup of cocoa. We will probably decrease the flour slightly and add something to improve the flavor from good to great. We are thinking one of the following: cinnamon; more vanilla; chili flakes; almond extract.....

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Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2013
General Tsao's Chicken II
Ok, this meal was a comedy of events. Our family loves General Tso chicken from the local restaurant. However we are in the process of adopting from China and are saving all our pennies. So, I went looking for a good recipe to make it at home. This recipe seemed to get the best reviews. I printed it and added the ingredients to the grocery list. The night I was going to make it, my dh comes home and says he doesn't mind making it, so I move out of the way. I start doing "prep" work like cutting up broccoli, onions, and gathering ingredients. My dh starts putting together the chicken ingredients to fry. First I tell him to use the cornstarch, he gets out the cornmeal. Thankfully I notice this and correct him. He starts frying and I say, "did you add the sugar?" "What? No". So he goes back to the recipe and finds the quantity of sugar, adds it and starts frying. Immediately the chicken is burning black. (me) "How much sugar did you use?",(him)"It says 1/2 cup."(me)"No, it says 1 t" (he really does know how to cook). We doubled the sauce and overcooked the broccoli. Even though it was a little sweet it was good. We can't wait to make it "RIGHT" the next time. Thanks for a great recipe even when it was so messed up by us! NEW INFORMATION: We tried it as written and didn't like it. Next time, we are going ahead and purposefully repeating the mistakes of the first time we made it (except the overcooked broccoli). We liked it much better the first time.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2012

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