Joanne Profile - (18093255)

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Home Town: Orange County, California, USA
Living In: The "O.C.", California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking
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About this Cook
100% Proud to be an American who's 100% Puerto Rican!!! I was born in West LA and have always lived in the "O.C." CA girl all the way. LONG family history of Laker fans. GO KOBE!!!!! MVP!! My Dad was born in San Juan Puerto Rico moved to NY at 4 years of age and CA at 16! My Mom was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to CA at 12!
My favorite things to cook
Actually my first love is baking. This site's been a huge help to me and all I can say is there's a wealth of talented bakers and cooks on this site :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Arroz con Gandules, Pasteles de Platano, Tostones and Platanos Maduro for Christmas Eve. with my Mom and my Grandma who's in a better place now. Mom's still with us thank God & is the best cook I know.
My cooking triumphs
Most recently, with the help of another Puerto Rican lady(Noshery) I made Guava Puff Patries for my Dad's bday and he just loved them. Did my heart good!!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at a "cake mix" recipe for sour creme cake. I used the "butter recipe" mix by mistake and it never turned out. I had to toss the whole thing and buy a cake on the way to our work potluck. ALWAYS USE the oil recipe is what I learned.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Sweet Potato Pie II
This recipe doesn't need the rum. It's wonderful with out it. I needed 2 pies so by doubling the recipe I had to double the amount of evaporated milk. For that reason I added 1 extra egg to keep everything creamy. This amount of milk calls for extra spices and extra sugar. I used 1 full teaspoon of cinnamon( 2 would be ok if you love cinnamon) Instead of nutmeg(don't care for) I added 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and 1/4 teaspoon cloves. I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. I used 1 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of light brown sugar. Sounds like lots of sugar but my family & friends who don't like things too sweet said this is my best sweet potato pie yet! So thank you for this original recipe! ( I always use Marie Calendar's pie crust/frozen food isle)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2010
Banana Pudding Cake
I made this cake twice and replaced the banana pudding mix with vanilla pudding. It gives the cake more of a "baked from scratch" taste. Also, I subsituted the water for milk, added a capful of vanilla extract and folded in 6 oz. of mini chocolate chips to the batter just before pouring into the pan. The mini size chips don't sink! Of all the "cake mix" cakes I've baked this was everyone's favorite! MMMMMMMMMM

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2009
Sour Cream Bundt Cake
The trick to making this recipe "fool proof" is by adding this WARNING to the ingredients. Must use "Classic" yellow cake mix. DO NOT use "butter" recipe/mix. The classice yellow cake mix calls for oil and not butter. The butter recipe does NOT turn out right once you add the sour cream. It will fall flat and be gooey inside everytime with the wrong/butter mix. Hope this helps ; )

148 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2009
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