AmandaB Profile - (1373489)


Home Town: Torrance, California, USA
Living In: Dallas, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Taco Lasagna
Taco Lasagna
Ed Zieba's Famous Family Pork Chops
Parmesan Herb Bread
No Fail Pie Crust III
Beer Butt Chicken
Pasta Alla Checca
Empire "Biscuits"
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Recipe Reviews 51 reviews
Gramma's Date Squares
Made these tonight, and they are very sweet and delicious. I highly suggest reading Lorrie's review before making these. I doubled the recipe and used a larger pan. I pre-baked the bottom oatmeal crumb layer for about 20 minutes before adding the date mixture. I used half the brown sugar in the date mixture and it was plenty sweet. I used Hadley's Medjool dates in the recipe. Very large, sweet and super moist. Spray the knife with "Pam" or coat with oil before chopping dates, and no mess! When cooking the dates, I substituted brewed coffee for half the water. You can't taste the coffee, but I think it adds a deeper layer of richness. My husband hates dates but wants me to save a few of these for him. Making the changes above and allowing to cool completely in the pan makes the bars very easy to cut and serve. So glad to have discovered this recipe!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2012
Best Ever Split Pea
This is so simple, yet so good. I just used a one-pound bag of dry green split peas. I also added two bay leaves, which I removed before pureeing with my immersion blender. Other than that, I followed the recipe as written. This can be made as smooth or as chunky as desired. I froze half the recipe for later. Next time, I will have to try adding curry as another reviewer suggested. This is a good recipe for the beginning cook as well, so will be letting my stepdaughter make it too. I think she will be so proud of the results!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2011
Basic Spicy Tomato Sauce
I'm giving this five stars although at first I thought that it was too spicy. I scaled the recipe to accommodate a huge can of crushed tomatoes that I needed to use up (hence my search for a tomato sauce recipe). Although I doubled the recipe and still added extra tomatoes (64 ounces instead of a mere 56) it had a lot of bite. Yet, I can't stop eating it, and my husband, who doesn't crave spicy foods, likes it too, and says it is not too spicy. This is a good sauce in which to add those things that you want to get rid of. I added a rind from a wedge of romano cheese, and let it simmer quite a while. And, as good as it is, I had some heavy cream that needed to be used up, so I added 7 ounces of heavy cream to a double recipe of this sauce. Very good, and I imagine it will be even better with pasta!

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Reviewed On: May 15, 2009

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