Annie Profile - (18492902)


Home Town: Brookfield, Illinois, USA
Living In: Plainfield, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Music, Charity Work
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
About this Cook
I grew up in a large family (both parents & 8 siblings). Our neighbors were in the same type of situation, but had a total of 8 offspring. With this 'population', I started cooking and baking in about 3rd or 4th grade. My mother did not have great interest in cooking/baking variety, but my grandmother and the mom next door did. I collected recipes from them. Now, I have 3 of my own boys who are grown. I still have 2 of my grown sons living at home, as well as my hubby, and my mother-in-law...all of whom like food. I use "allrecipes" when I want fresh ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make in one dish meals, or at least one main dish in my crockpot/slow cooker. I like a good marinade. And depending on the weather, I will either grill or use my George.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions...ummmm...My middle son, who is married, likes spicy and chicken. My husband and his mom like beef & pork. My youngest son is extremely picky, but likes shrimp and only bar-b-q'd meats (or at least meat that bar-b-q sauce can be added). The only tradition I suppose I have is holiday dinners where I will be making anywhere from 1 main meat dish to 3. I suppose not having a real "cooking tradition" makes it even more interesting. :)
My cooking triumphs
I feel very comfortable throwing things together or not measuring exactly. I have gotten to the point where I can 'eye' things quite well for our tastes. So, even though it is not much, I would consider that a 'triumph'. I suppose another might be that I've ever burned or dried anything out. Does this count?
My cooking tragedies
The only thing I can recall being a 'tragedy' is...when I was in about 5th grade, I baked my grandmother's "Never Fail Cake". And guess what, yep, it failed. It was a double layered round cake, and both layers together were MAYBE 1/2 inch tall. The recipe was complex and took forever for me to do, but even though I was frustrated, my mother still liked it :) Go figure.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cheeseburger Soup I
It was good. My hubby and mom-in-law thought it was so good they went for seconds. Due to a constant lack of time, I did use the helpful ideas for your reviewer (Cindy Carnes). I had to double the recipe because I had slightly over a pound of ground meat which had to be used. Auntylene, I thank you. I had never heard of this type of soup before. Simple, quick and good :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2013
Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes
I think this recipe is wonderful, and I think you, Renee. After reading the reviews, I took it upon myself to see about adding more 'something'. I do a lot of cooking not measuring anything...and just going for it. With that being said, I added a scoop of sour cream (looked like maybe 2/3 cup). I also added cut-up squares of a variety of cheese that I wanted to use before going bad. Then I saw that on the shelf, I had a small bag of real bacon bits...and I used all of that. And then, hoping it would be too much liquid, I added a can of cream of chicken soup. NOTE: I did use everything in Renee's recipe. I just added to it. Our company said it was REAL good. I asked my hubby what he thought, and he said he won't change anything. Even my real picky son ate it (I was really surprised and happy :) )So, I guess it was definitely a hit. Thanks again, Renee.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2012
Chef John's Quiche Lorraine
What can I say, this was easy and fabulous. I was timid to use fresh thyme and leeks because I had never done either before. But it was easy and the video was great. For me, actions (video) are better than words (reading) :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2012
Cooks I Like view all 2 cooks I like
Cooking Level: Professional
About me: I received my culinary degree from Paul Smith's… MORE
Cooking Level:
About me:

In Season

Homemade Pancakes Are So Easy
Easy Homemade Pancakes

Homemade pancakes are so easy to make, and nothing tastes better.

Guacamole, Chips' Best Friend
Guacamole, Chips' Best Friend

Try one of our dozens of ways to make delicious fresh guacamole.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States