RAGDYANN422 Profile - Allrecipes.com (1595448)

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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been a member of Allrecipes since 2003 and it's amazing because it has served me when I was a meat eater and now after 4 years of vegetarianism it is still the first place I come to! My mom HATED cooking when I was a kid but I seem to have inherited my love of it from my Grandma. I have to admit, I'm not as big a fan of baking as Grandma was but I love to experiment with cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom wasn't overly fond of cooking when I was a kid but there were the handful of memorable recipes... a favorite was eaten on Fridays during Lent that my Grandma used to make when my mom was a kid and my Grandpa dubbed "Rubberband Casserole". Also as kids, my brothers and I used to go to my Grandma's house and bake & decorate Christmas cookies. Someday, I would like to do it again. :)
My cooking triumphs
The first time I ever made mashed potatoes.... not hard but soooo good! The first time I baked a pie (despite the rolling pin fiasco - see "tragedies"). Mastering my homemade spaghetti sauce. Inventing a vegan recipe called "No-Chicken & Dumplings" that is absolutely delicious and sharing it with friends who love it, too! :)
My cooking tragedies
This goes in line with my not being a big fan of baking. . . I saw a picture of Petit Fours and thought "I want to do that". Read the recipe and it seemed simple enough. From the beginning I should have known I was in for trouble. The cake didn't come out right and the icing was like soup. It was the biggest mess I have ever had in my kitchen with an absolutely inedible finish. : / Since that moment, I have stuck with baking apple pies and death by chocolate cakes only. :) Another not so much tragic as funny story - first time I ever baked a pie I was in one of my first apartments out of college. Made my own crust from scratch, went to roll it out and realized I didn't have a rolling pin. I called my Aunt Judy laughing hysterically and ended up using nice smooth glass.... immediately after finishing the pie (which turned out delicious), I bought a rolling pin...
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Simple Mac and Cheese
This recipe makes a great base to about a million different casserole options. Throw in extra cheese, some ground beef, and freshly sauteed mushrooms and call it a day. :)

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Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2012
Southern Pineapple Casserole
Holy nommers! Per suggestions, I cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and I used 1 stick of butter instead of a full cup and this was amazing. I also ran into issues with the cheese not melting. I may try grating my own cheese next time or using smaller shreds.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2011
The Best Potato Salad
Holy mother of God. . . this potato salad is in-freaking-credible. Made a couple of unintentional modifications because (apparently), I can't really read very well. --used Kraft Peppercorn Ranch dressing because that's what I had. Due to it's pretty solid pepper level, I eliminated the pepper that the recipe called for since I felt like it was already covered. --misread the recipe & used celery salt instead of celery seed. Don't know if it's the same thing but it tastes just fine so I'm not going to go out & buy one more thing for my overburdened spice rack. Intentional modifications: --husband hates chunks of onion so I just used onion powder (though I probably could have left it out altogether). Used around a teaspoon, maybe half a tablespoon... --left out the salt. between the ranch dressing & the use of celery salt, this tasted fine to me without adding the extra sodium content so I went ahead & left it out. I would recommend waiting until the end & only salting if you feel necessary. --and I left out the optional stuff as well like most of the people here. Once again, Allrecipes & its awesome home chefs leads me to the recipe promised land. Hallelujah, can I get an amen?!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2011
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