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Home Town: Monrovia, California, USA
Living In: Austin-Cedar Park, Texas, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am Cuban American, parents came from Cuba in 1969 with my 2 sisters and my brother and then I came along a few years later. I grew up in Monrovia, California. Graduated in 1989 and have been with my husband for 20 years. We have four kids and a few more that drop in from time to time. With a large family I cook everyday in order to keep costs down. Eating out can be pretty expensive. We have a great friend that comes over a lot and I keep him full. Also my In-Laws are down the street and I'll cook enough for them sometimes too. So I cook for 8 to 9 people almost every day. I used to be a stay at home mom but the economy no longer suported that life style. I now work and love those quick and easy but still yummy meals. However I'm finding that the grocery bill is getting steap, am I the only one? If you have any best practices and- or great quick meals or casseroles you'd like to share shoot me a line. I love All Recipies and would not know what to do with out it now. Thanks!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook? I guess, the best to add is what my kids prefer to eat. What their favorite family dinners are. I get Tortilla soup requested a lot and Spaghetti and Lasagna Rolls. I also make Stuffed Manicotti with ground beef, italian sausage, spinach and ricotta cheese on special occasions like my husbands birthday. On Halloween I make a yummy white chilli with white corn, ground turkey and a navy bean with beer bread. Arroz con Pollo (of course) On long days like on my sons baseball days I like to put a roast in the crock-pot and make a French dip so it's all done by the time we get home. So I have a large variety and everyday I'm on here I find something new to add to the all ready long recipe list. I am planning on making my daughters a cook book to give them on their wedding day. So I guess the best thing to say is "Thank you" to you all for contributing to this gift. Keep them Coming!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Being Cuban American I make a pork shoulder (Pierna) with black beans and rice (Con gris) every Christmas Eve Dinner. Next day is everybodys favorite, Cuban sandwich night for Christmas dinner. I have been making this for probablly the last five years and I'm held down to it. I have tried changing the menu but all I get are sad faces and awwes when I don't. Always end up having to make them the next day anyway. I even get a few extra visitors from my daughters boyfriend to neighbors down the street, and husbands co-workers, because they know, Hey Arlene is making Cuban sandwiches tonight, it's Christmas. So I guess that yeah, it's now a tradition, a young one but never-the-less. I hope to pass that one on. Isn't that what a tradition is?
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Classic Macaroni Salad
I made this for a Barbeque for Fathers day. It was good but not great. I was hoping for a creamier substance I think I will keep the recipe because I liked the not overly sweetness of the dressing and tweak it a bit and more than likely add a little more Mayo next time.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2012
Very Best Blueberry Cobbler!
My goodness, talk about being a HIT... I made this for our Fathers day barbeque yesterday and tripled the recipe in order to make enough for about 20 people. There were no leftovers, all of it gone. It was soo good. My first time making this but not the last and it was soo easy!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2012
Tamale Pie Pronto
This was soooo YUMMY!! I did make a few changes but nothing to crazy it would alter it all that much: I made the ground beef added some spices, added canned black beans ( instead of Chili... cause I did not have any ) canned corn and Rotel tomatoes with green chillis ( instead of the chopped tomatoes ) and still added the canned tomatoe sauce. I did not add the biscuits as bottom crust I added it as a Top crust, ( cause honestly I did not read it correctly and was cooking in a hurry) But it was pretty close to one of the best casserole dishes I have ever made!! maybe next time I'll make it as it says to, Chilli beans sound yummy too! Kids love it!! with a dollop of Sour cream Oh So Good!! KEEPER!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2012

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