Ana Quintero

I am the grandma to five girls. They call me "Chef Nana". They range from 1 to 14 years old. Each one of them loves my cooking. They ask and I make it.
After loosing 150 pounds by way of gastric bypass I enjoy the cooking but not the eating. I follow recipes, make up my own and remember my mom's way.
Beefy Baked Ravioli
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This was a very beefy dish. It was easy and rather inexpensive to make. My family are still crying for more.

Party Punch
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Simple and great. It made a hit in the office.

Garlic Cheddar Chicken
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I cooked this chicken for my office luncheon and it was a hit. I followed the recipe but I baked it for one hour. I served the chicken with oven baked red potatoes with garlic and parmesan cheese. Umm umm good!

Sofrito
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Just an idea to save time when cooking. I make my sofrito in bulk and I freeze it in ice cube trays. I have trays dedicated to do just this. Once they are frozen I bag them and keep them in the freezer. When ready to cook I pull out one or two cubes (each cube should be about one tablespoon). Freezing it will preserve the flavor and it will last longer. I learned this from my mother and it really works well. When I make my bulk I share with my daughters and they do the same with it. I don't add salt to the sofrito recipe until I am ready to cook. Happy cooking!

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Banana Cake IX
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I tried this recipe and it was just okay. It did take 30 minutes to bake it and it was easy to put together. It was a little too dry for my taste. I also used a smaller pan so that it wouldn't be so flat. I frosted it with cream cheese frosting and cut it into squares. I served it at work and no one complained. So it passed the test.

Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle
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I tried this recipe and it was the easiest one to make. The original recipe calls for too little peanuts. I used one cup and next time I will use more. It was a good easy recipe.

Bread Pudding I
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I have made this several times and it turns out great. I also used one less egg so that it wouldn't taste like egg so much. I added more cinnamon and more raisins also. This is great for all times of the year.

Black Halloween Punch
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I served this punch for Halloween and it was a hit. I used less sugar in the punch but added sugar to the water in the gloves. So when the hands melted the punch maintained it's sweetness and was not over the punch. The hands gave it the spooky look. It was a fun punch.

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Sweet Corn Muffins
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This is a simple recipe. Loved the texture of my muffins. These will be a regular in my house.

Green Punch
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This punch really didn't need the extra sugar. It was very sweet. I also molded 2 cups of the green guck with a 20 oz can of crushed pineapples and I let it float in the punch. It made it look pretty and it was nice to get the fruit.

Easy Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken
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This recipe was very good. My family enjoyed it very much. I did do some changes. I butterflied my chicken breast and I lightly seasoned the chicken. I mixed the mustard and honey and poured it over and baked it. I turned them around halfway to get the other side colorful. At that point I wrapped the bacon all around and put the cheese over it. I served it with garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. It was a hit. I will make this again.

Pineapple Cranberry Punch
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I fixed this punch for the office party and everyone loved it. I froze the crushed pineapple in a silicone bundt cake pan. It came out very easily and looked very pretty in the bowl. I am getting ready to make this punch again this year.

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