Andi Profile - (1449107)

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Home Town: Thanet, Kent, England, U.K.
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Chicken pot pie
About this Cook
I love to cook, it's a treat to me, and I feel a sense of satisfaction when people enjoy the things that I cook and when they compliment me on my cooking skills. I try to use lower fat ingredients, and healthier meal selections, but more often than not, I end up tipping the caloric scale!
My favorite things to cook
I like anything Italian, Southwestern, or Cajun. I love the way the tantalizing smells fill my house when I cook. I think that’s one of the best parts of cooking, baking, or whatever – it’s a highly sensory experience, and I love it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking for the holidays. Since I'm born on Christmas, it's rare that I got a birthday cake (pumpkin pie doesn't count!). So instead of sulking every year and hating the fact that I'm a Christmas baby, I make it a point to make an elaborate birthday cake for myself every year. My favorites are red velvet and cheesecake. I've even made myself an ice cream cake!
My cooking triumphs
The first time I attempted to make a roast, I was so intimidated. My mum and grandma made it seem so easy, but I didn't know where to start. So I marinated and seasoned it in the way I normally do steaks, popped it in the oven, and crossed my fingers. An hour later, the roast came out perfectly tender and juicy!
My cooking tragedies
I once attempted to make a Chicago style pizza. Everything that could have possibly went wrong, went wrong. The sauce was too runny, the crust was too soggy, and the cheese was way too thick. What's worse, I almost choked on my creation! It was a mess.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Simple Syrup with Truvia(R) Natural Sweetener
Works flawlessly for mixed drinks, but it's much sweeter than simple syrup, so adjust accordingly. The key to the incomplete dissolving of the crystals is to mix the Truvia and water, bring it to a boil in a medium saucepan, and boil until all crystals are dissolved. Remove it from heat and allow it to cool on the stove. I double the recipe and store it in a sealed container in the fridge. I mean, I couldn't see myself coating the rim of my margarita glass with Truvia, but it's nice to be able to indulge in mixed drinks while saving a few calories.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 22, 2013
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
Delicious! Served this with red beans and rice. I cut back on the sugar just a bit, melted the butter in a skillet in the oven then poured the batter into the hot skillet before baking. I only had almond milk on hand so I added 2 tbs of lemon juice to that and used it instead of buttermilk. It came out absolutely moist, not too cakelike but not too grainy - will definitely make again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2011
Bronco Burger
A hit! I was craving burgers, but I wanted something different. Since it's a little too cold to grill, I decided to make these indoors. I roasted the peppers under the broiler (you have to slice them in half to do this), then I added 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the meat mixture, and cooked the burgers in a frying pan. Other than that, I didn't change a thing. Served with a pickle and waffle fries on the side. Absolutely delicious! This recipe makes really big, filling burgers - I could only eat half of mine. I will certainly make this again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2006
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