MANDIE722 Profile - (1328598)


Living In: Norcross, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Definitely a homemade pretzel
About this Cook
Not much to say, I'm trying to become a better cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking cakes and bread. Next to that, I enjoy finding new and interesting ways to cook common vegetables.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditional roast beef dinner with roast potatoes, roasted carrots and parsnips and steamed green beans all served with gravy and yorkshire pudding. The best thing about this meal is the roast beef sandwiches the next day. These are made with butter and ketchup.
My cooking triumphs
My only meal that people have asked for over and over again is a stupidly simple tuna casserole.
My cooking tragedies
One day I will make a Mississippi Mud Cake that does not destroy itself. The first time, the chocolate congealed into a goopy mess, I had to throw it away. The second time, I couldn't figure out why the chocolate had solidified when I added the sugar. Turns out I misread the recipe, when it called for 10 oz of strong coffee, they meant liquid, not powder. I had added 10 oz of espresso powder. That cake has become infamous as the insane caffeine cake. It was pretty awful.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Tropical Shrimp Scampi
This was an ok recipe, the flavors were interesting but they just didn't really appeal to me.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 28, 2009
Panna Cotta
I made this for my dinner group this week. It was extremely tasty, though I wish I had read the recipe the night before and made it well ahead of time. Because of my lack of time planning, the panna cotta hadn't quite set fully. I served this in decorative glasses, so I didn't have to worry about getting the shape out of the ramekins (I don't own any ramekins). I made a rasperry puree sauce (bag of frozen rasperries, little sugar and vanilla, heated to just lower than room temperature) which I dabbed on top of each glass, and then drizzled a little fudge over the top. It was a huge hit.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2008
Traditional Osso Buco
I made this for my dinner group this week. I had to make one substitution, there are several people in the dinner group that won't eat veal, so I used turkey cutlets instead. I had no idea what a shank was, but apparently the turkey cutlet wasn't even close to the right cut. The recipe still turned out amazing. I basically served everyone one turkey cutlet with the sauce spooned over it, decorated with the parsley,zest,garlic topping and garnished with a sprig of parsley. It made a very nice presentation and everyone really enjoyed it.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2008

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