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Mandy VanHook

Mandy VanHook
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Living In: Aiken, South Carolina, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Music
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Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
About this Cook
A newlywed who is learning to cook for two, I enjoy adapting less-than-healthy recipe favorites to healthier versions.
My favorite things to cook
Spaghetti, Tacos, chili, appetizers, home fries, quick and easy meals
My favorite family cooking traditions
southern food and warm gatherings! Dishes like fried chicken with homestyle mashed potatoes, hearty soups with cornbread, classic holiday meals and enough food for mom to feed an army with!
My cooking triumphs
Hand-decorated cakes, 3 tier cake, the best fried chicken batter EVER, learning to make the best, crispiest home fry
My cooking tragedies
Burning soup! Straining the batter off of my chicken nuggets(I thought you were supposed to! hehe)
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Southern Pimento Cheese
FANTASTIC recipe!!! I followed most of the directions, leaving out the optional jalapeno and black pepper and using garlic salt instead of powder since I was out. It turned out wonderfully. Great as a grilled cheese sandwich! I reduced the calorie count by using mayo made with olive oil.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2012
Best Brownies
These are definitely NOT store bought brownies- and that is a GOOD thing. They were very rich, moist, fudge-y brownies that my hubby loved. My only deviation from the original recipe was using self rising instead of all purpose flour and omitting the salt and baking powder. I do not regret this decision, because the out come was a dense, delectable brownie. Oh, and I melted the butter for the icing and added about 2 tbsp of milk to it to make a glaze. Oh my heavens.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2011
Unbelievable Chicken
Fantastic! It has a sort of asian-inspired flavor. I used chicken tenderloins and they turned out great. Definitely marinade for the full time recommended. I took the remaining marinade and cooked it down to a thick sauce (cooking also kills any bacteria worries) and it made an excellent dip. I will definitely make this again- maybe even with beef next time!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2011

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