Andrea Profile - (18973176)

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Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Busy with puppies!
About this Cook
I am a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. My husband and I also breed Labrador Retrievers. Between friends, family, and dogs, we stay happily busy.
My favorite things to cook
My time spent cooking is generally dinner. I look for simple, nutricious meals, and enjoy variety. We eat a lot of venison, as it is one of the leanest, healthiest meats available. I'm always looking for a healthier version of our favorites, but it has to taste good! I like experimenting with marinades for steaks, and new recipes for making vegetables interesting.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a sit down dinner every night. There's always pancakes or waffles on the weekends, cookies, fudge and homemade caramel on Christmas, Turkey and dressing and "Bing Cherry Jello Salad" on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and warm breakfasts.
My cooking triumphs
I created my own chili recipe that everyone loves, and I make venison so tasty, you'd never know its wild game.
My cooking tragedies
Oh my goodness! I tried to make a cream of brocolli soup one time that called for evaporated milk. I accidentally used sweetened condensed milk instead. It tasted so nasty--a little like baby food. Brocolli just wasn't meant to be sweet. Soups just aren't my thing.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Vanilla-Maple Apple Pie Filling
After reading the other reviews, I tried this with the following alterations and it got rave reviews with my family and our guests. And our version has NO SUGAR. Changed water to apple juice and reduced to 1 Cup, reduced corn starch to 1/3 Cup, and left out sugar completely. Reduced cinnamon to 2 tsp. It was perfect. We diced our apples to use in mini-pies, and refrigerated overnight before using, don't know if that would made a difference. This will be a keeper as I have had trouble finding an apple pie recipe we love.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2014
Mom's Ginger Snaps
Successfully converted this recipe to GLUTEN FREE! Substitute for the 2 C flour: 1 C Pamela's GF baking mix (or other gf flour mixture), 1/2 C almond flour, and 1/2 C white rice flour. Add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. I followed the comments that suggested doubling or 1 1/2ing spices. I did 1 1/2, but I don't know that it was necessary. Probably good either way. Also took advice to dip only top of cookie in sugar and to lightly grease cookie sheet.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2013
Easy Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
I used milk chocolate pudding and left out the 1/2 cup of sugar. It was very moist and just the right amount of sweetness without the extra sugar. Everyone loved it, and it was pretty easy.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2006

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