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Nancy Anne

Nancy Anne
Home Town: Vallejo/Napa, California, USA
Living In: Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing
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About this Cook
48-year old Personal Trainer, Healthy Coach, Seamstress, Homemaker, and good at all sorts of boring domesticated stuff. Mother to seven total, but only one left at home. And now a grandma! Love my family, my God, my Dodge Ram, and Texas. I may be from California originally, but I have morphed into a true Texan!
My favorite things to cook
I love turning out healthy food that tastes good. People come over to eat and they don't realize it's good for them. On the flip side, I love to bake desserts, limit myself to once a week max. If I don't, I'll eat it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I used to cook with my Mom and my Grandma's. They would stand me up on a chair and let me bake with them when I was small. I carried the same tradition on with my children, and hope to do the same with Grandbabies. I have my Grandma Morris' hands, whom I loved dearly. She has gone on to be with her Heavenly Father, and now when I cook I see her hands doing the work and know that part of her lives on.
My cooking triumphs
I can now tweak a baking recipe without destroying it! :-)
My cooking tragedies
As experienced a cook as I am, just a couple of weeks ago I made a brick that was supposed to be a loaf of bread. Was reminded that it's handy when making yeast bread if you actually put YEAST in the bread maker!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Strawberry Spice Loaf
Twenty-two years ago I typed out a recipe for strawberry bread that I never used. Today I had 16 ounces of fresh strawberries I feared wouldn't last much longer. I decided it was finally time to give the recipe a whirl. (What can I say? I'm not the fastest draw in the land.) When I mixed it up it looked too heavy to me AND my twenty-two-year-old recipe mentioned mixing in cinnamon, which was not listed in the ingredients. Fortunately, I came across this recipe. It's exactly the same, except the recipe I was using called for 3 eggs, versus 4 here. Since I had already mixed my bread, I thought it too late to add another egg, so left that alone. Not only did this recipe tell me how much cinnamon to use and that the consistency of what I had mixed was right, but from the comments I was able to deduce that I needed to add a bit (1/3 C) of applesauce to make up for the fact that my fresh berries weren't as juicy as thawed frozen would be, and that 1 teaspoon of vanilla was also in order. By the end of my venture 22 years in the making, I turned out 4 beautiful mini-loaves (45 minute bake time) that my teens were just loving when they came home from school! Thank you so much!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2014
Sandy's Casserole
Following the advice of prior reviewers and wanting to make this as healthy and protein rich as possible, I made the following changes: I used whole-grain macaroni, two 12-ounce cans of chicken breast, low fat cheese, and skim milk. I also added 2 cloves of chopped garlic and a teaspoon of dried sage. Then I took the suggestion of those who used the foil and covered it for the first 30 minutes of cooking. At that point I removed the foil, stirred it, and put it into the oven to finish cooking for another 15 minutes. Absolutely wonderful and a keeper! Thanks for a great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2014
Paul's Pumpkin Bars
I know a lot of people made changes, but we thought this was great as-is. It's more of the way dessert was intended to be at it's inception: A reasonably sized, sweet treat. Not enough size for a meal in and of itself! Having said that, I think this would work very well for a jelly-roll style cake, using the same icing in the recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2014
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