AnnasBananas Profile - (13143305)

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Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books
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About this Cook
When I'm not at my office job I like to cook and bake for myself and others. Born and raised in PGH, PA-Go Steelers and Pens!!! (As for the Pirates...tailgating is always fun and PNC park is awesome). My hardworking man is always hungry and up for anything I feel like making; he's also appreciative and accepted his duties as both sous chef and dish-washer. I enjoy entertaining and like to try out new recipies-luckily we don't hang out with too many picky people!
My favorite things to cook
Weeknight meals, cookies, appetizers, dips, football/tailgating/party foods, meats, potatoes, breads, casseroles, veggies, ethnic/seasonal/Holiday foods. Pretty much anything! I'm a big fan of perusing several different recipes and choosing ingredients/methods that I think will work well. The only problem I encounter is that I never measure and often end up throwing stuff it can be hard to exactly recreate a recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving with my dad's family. Having nine kids and over 30 grandkids, my Grammy can feed an army. Baking cookies with my mom and sister. Now my mom helps me out in the kitchen, it's a lot of fun. My husband's Gram is probably the best homestyle cook/baker I know; so I've still got some learning to do there!
My cooking triumphs
I can't think of one thing in particular. Most of what I make is pretty well received though. My dad will polish off just about anything I make; I like to think of him as a garbage disposal...which is great because I hate wasting food! I think this site has given me courage to make more things from scratch than I ever would have before. I never realized how easy (if a bit time consuming) it can be.
My cooking tragedies
Dropping stuff on the floor...hasn't happened in a while though, knock on wood. Not a tragedy, but the kitchen is a distaster zone when I'm through with it; I'm a terribly messy cook. Also, as my husband likes to remind me, I often leave the stove/burners on...once for a whole weekend while we were away...whoops!
Recipe Reviews 106 reviews
Chicken Breasts Pierre
Would say 4.5 stars. Nice to find a "different" chicken dish to add to the rotation! I was tempted to add the onion and peppers but decided to try this recipe as-is. It didn't dissapoint. Also the stewed tomatoes I used had onion and celery in them so I think that helped. I was going to make a simple boiled yukon potato with butter and parsley but didn't think it'd go with the chicken after I tried the sauce. So instead I boiled the potatoes then thick-sliced and pan-fried in peanut oil with salt and pepper until nicely browned and crispy. They went along nicely. Thanks for the recipe, it's nice to add another chicken dish to the repertoire! :)

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Reviewed On: Mar. 7, 2014
Caesar Hot Artichoke Dip
I don't like artichoke dip but I took this over to my sister's and everyone really liked the flavor. It did start to seperate due to the cheese I guess. I also added some cream cheese (a couple TBSP of the chive variety...needed to use it up)because I was afraid it'd be too runny but was pleased with the consistency. I think the quality of caesar dressing is important for this dish, I used Marzetti's Simply Caesar (in the refrigerated case in produce section).

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2014
Fresh Pear Cake
This was delicious! Everyone who tried it really liked it as well. I have never heard of a pear cake before so I had to try it. I didn't have cloves but based on other reviews I used 1 tsp of nutmeg and ground ginger and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I also put maybe another tsp of freshly grated ginger in with the wet ingredients. Baking time was spot on. I also did a sugar "crust" to give it a crispy crunch which I do with most quick breads. Just put enough granulated sugar to coat the pan after greasing. Sometimes I do cinnamon sugar but didn't think that would work with this recipe.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2014

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