MllePandora Profile - (1875897)

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Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: San Pedro, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Its me!
About this Cook
Funny how I love to write, yet can never come up with anything halfway decent for these "About Me" Sections. I am an aspiring journalist/writer, love to read (and cook, of course!) I have a lot of visitors and house guests, plus four cats, so there's always something going on!
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new dishes or improvise on old standbys, but my favorite time is baking time! I've also got a soft spot for good-home-style Cajun and Southern food. I like to appease people's craving for their favorite foods whenever I can, even if I've never prepared it before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving and Holidays! I go all out! Bring on the Turkey, Ham, Gravy and Mashed potatoes! (Not to mention my personal fav, pumpkin cheesecake..) There is something so special and loving about comfort foods!
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say it was cooking my first turkey. I was petrified =) I called my mom and asked her what to do, and the advice she gave me has stayed with me forever. It turned out fantastic! I think that's what gave me the courage to keep trying new things in the kitchen!
My cooking tragedies
Ugh, not exactly my favorite memories. LOL But really, like most cooks, my first few attempts at cooking and baking were pretty bad. I prefer not to think of them as tragedies, but valuable lessons! Rather than struggle on confused, I researched and read as many cookbooks as I could get my hands on. (Still collect them, in fact) I still make mistakes, (don't we all?) but I've also learned how to fix a few of them in a pinch, as well! (Knock on wood)
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Potato Croquettes
These can be amazing with a little added preparation. Firstly, resist the urge to use freshly made mashed potatoes--the croquettes hold their shape better after a few hours in the fridge. (and won't fall apart in the oil) After coating and shaping the patties, place them on a plate or baking sheet and return them to the fridge for 1/2 hour. While my oil warmed , I coated the patties in crumbs one more time, and flattened them slightly. I mixed some cornmeal in with my breadcrumbs too, and they came out perfect.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2010
Pineapple Cheesecake Squares
Delish!! Couple Notes: I used cornstarch and 1 cup of whip cream in the topping. That amount worked perfectly to cover a 9*13 pan. I didn't have almonds; I substituted finely chopped walnuts. Guests requested that next time, I use graham cracker crust; that sounds just as good, though I liked the taste of the regular crust. The cheesecake flavor is very mild; the topping has more of a pineapple sweetness-- it definitely keeps the dessert very light and not overwhelming. The layers were distinct enough for me, though it tastes so good I'm tempted to double the recipe. (It's almost gone as I write this!)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2010
Michael's Foccacia Bread
Definitely a hit! I had to use sugar, since I didn't have honey, and I prepped it the night before; completing the first rise before wrapping it tightly in saran wrap and leaving it in the fridge overnight. It really gets huge! Tastes delicious, and I love all the topping ideas. I'll be making this again!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2010

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