Andrea Profile - (13048686)

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Home Town: Mt. Prospect, Illinois, USA
Living In: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Married 20 years, mom of 2 girls, i boy, and 2 dogs. I'm a kitchen designer and work at home when work is available. I volunteer at our local food pantry and our church, and am a girl scout leader.
My favorite things to cook
I like to bake, especially cookies. I also like to make one pot meals, salads, one pot meals, and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like our cookies very crispy, so my mom modified the toll house cookie recipe which is how I make my cookies. Also, my dad is from the UP (Michigan) so we have a great family recipe for Cornish Pasties. Also grew up eating roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
My cooking triumphs
My neighbors love my chocolate chip cookies, also have had good luck with a few good appetizer recipes. When I was in college I tried baking croissants from scratch, and they were good! I don't have the time for that type baking anymore and do end up using mixes as much as I can.
My cooking tragedies
Pork chops! Every time I've tried to cook them they get dry and tough. Meat in general is challenging for me, except for grilling.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Hot Tamale Pie
I've made this several times and my family loves it. The way we like it best is easier than the original recipe. I cook the ground beef as directed and use a 24oz jar of Pace medium picante sauce with the rest of the ingredients as listed. I add the corn to this mixture and pour it into the dish. Then I top it with the cheese, and then the two boxes of corn muffin mixture on top. Baking time is the same.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2013
Seven Layer Tex Mex Dip
This is even better if you use a can of Frito-Lay bean dip instead of plain refried beans.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2012
Original Homemade Italian Beef
I've used the dry Italain dressing mix in recipes before and found it way too salty for my taste. So, I made this recipe with a 2 lb roast, a 12 oz jar of pepperoncini, 2 cans of beef broth (can be low sodium), 1 TBL of Italian seasoning, 1 TBL oregano, and a few garlic cloves. I seasoned the roast with a little salt, and more generously with black pepper and granulated garlic. I cooked it for about 7 hours on high and it fell apart nicely. Try serving it on toasted French or Italian rolls brushed with garlic butter. I also add provolone cheese and sauteed sweet peppers. YUM!

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2010

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