PANDABEAR01 Profile - (1584258)

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Member Since: Apr. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a busy mom of 2 girls. I LOVE to cook, and try new things! I love to travel, and try new foods from different regions! I have been cooking for over 20 years now, and am very comfortable in the kitchen. I think that's where we all tend to congregate anyway!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are probably casseroles and roasts. I can experiment, yet not really worry about the end results! They usually freeze well, and are quick and easy for the most part. Which is good for a hectic lifestyle.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I would say that a favorite cooking tradition is that on everyone's birthday, they get to pick what they want served for dinner. No matter how hard or easy, I will make it, because it's thier special day!
My cooking triumphs
I would say that my best cooking triumph would be in what I didn't make at all! Well, here's the story.... I bake alot, which includes brownies, fudge, cakes, etc.... One day, I brought home a store bought pan of fudge from the bakery. (Short on time) My daughter, who was 4, had a piece, and almost immediately made a sour face. She ran over to me, and told me that MY fudge, (not this store kind) tasted "more better"!!! I nearly broke into tears! Out of the mouth of babes!
My cooking tragedies
I've had a few over the years.... well, more than a few. From overflowing cupcakes, to burnt chicken, to horrible experiments. Over the last 30 years, I have had too many to count. But each tragedy comes with a lesson, and some I repeat, and most I don't! It's all about trial and error!
Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
A Family favorite! I will never make them any other way! Thank you! 5 stars!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2009
Spanish Rice Bake
Great Recipe! I followed the recipe, except that I used salsa for the chile sauce (homemade salsa), and used 2 cans of rotel for the canned tomatoes. I chopped up cilantro and added it to the meat and rice mixture while it was simmering, and used a cheddar/pepper Jack cheese for the topping. I garnished it with cilantro, and served it on a fried corn tortilla! Check out the picture I posted for this recipe! It is definately a 5 star recipe, and I will be making it again, and again! Thank you!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2009
The Best Chicken Fried Steak
The whole family loved it! Thank you! Wouldn't change a thing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 30, 2009
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