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guardian sandy

guardian sandy
Living In: Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Dessert
Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Born in New England, lived much of my life in California, retired in Florida. Raised 4 children and received a law degree. Had a very, busy, hectic life and now (can't believe I made it to retirement!) I have more time to search for and try new recipes. I miss California terribly and trying Mexican dishes brings me back to those days! I have two sons in the entertainment business in Los Angeles, and a daughter who is a food critic in Boston....and life goes on and on....
My favorite things to cook
My first love is making desserts. I never met a chocolate ANYTHING that I didn't love. I have a recipe for chocolate cake that is hands down the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted, so I seldom try other recipes for this as nothing has come close. I love Mexican food, but I am a wimp and it can't be too spicy (my kids make fun of me over this).....
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother worked when I was growing up, so quick and easy was her cooking motto. But she made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. I continue that tradition, having tweaked the recipe a little over the years. Now my daughter has friends begging her for the recipe!
My cooking triumphs
I worked in a busy office and every couple of weeks I would bring in some extra special treat to share with my co-workers. Again, my chocolate cake blew their minds! I think my biggest triump of all is my strawberry pie. This one comes out looking like expensive bake shop fare and tastes 100% better. This one is an absolute knock-out!
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married, I was looking to cook things beyond the usual. I came across a recipe that was for carrots dipped in a crunchy crumb crust. I HATE carrots so I thought this might make them palatable and my husband would be so proud of my accomplishment. WRONG....he looked at them and politely asked, "Honey, WHAT is this??" It looked and tasted just awful!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Grandma's Egg Custard Pie
I made this for a sick friend who was craving custard. Stuck to the recipe but added one egg yolk left over from the egg white wash on the crust, as others did. Used half milk, half 1/2 'n 1/2. She raved so much I have made 3 more pies since! Can't get enough of it! Thanks, Grandma!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2008
Easy Pasta Casserole
I did not have high expectations for this. A sick friend gave me some hamburg and rotini and asked me to make something for her and her husband. I found this recipe, added chopped onions, minced garlic, salt and cumin to the meat. Used 1 jar of Newman's Marinara Sauce, 1 large can of tomato sauce, and one large can of diced tomatoes. I added a container of sliced baby portabello mushrooms. Mixed it all with the cooked pasta, and covered generously with lots of mozzarella. There was plenty because I doubled the recipe, so my husband I got to eat it, too, and so did two of our neighbors! I could not believe how tasty and filling it was. And so easy to fix! This is now on my regular schedule.....

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2008
Best Ever Corn Muffins
These muffins are SO good. Did make some changes, though. Cut the bisquick back to 1 1/4 cups, increase the cornmeal to 1/2 cup, and lower the vanilla to 1 teaspoon or even 1/2 teaspoon. I thought the sugar amount was perfect. You can even sprinkle some cornmeal over the tops of the muffins before you bake them if you like a crunchier top. I will be making these constantly. Thanks!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2007

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