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Annie


Annie
 
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
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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 :)

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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.

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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) :)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2012
 
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