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Home Town: British Columbia, Canada
Living In: British Columbia, Canada
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Cranberry Scones
Me and my man
About this Cook
Over the last couple of years I've really taken to cooking and baking as a means to eat healthier. It's really shocking to see how many pre-made and packaged goods are laden with all sorts of chemicals, preservatives, and other unnecessary ingredients. Food marketers are leading us to believe their "diet" and "fat-free" products are healthy, when they really just strip out the healthful ingredients and replace them with chemical ones. We put so many questionable products into our bodies, yet we wonder why our society is struggling with so many illnesses at such alarming rates. I have seen first-hand how eating pure foods and exercising regularly can remarkably improve the health, energy, and happiness of someone recovering from chronic fatigue. It is truly amazing, but really, it is only natural.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that doesn't require a lot of chopping or touching raw meat. But I'm getting over that... slowly.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up on simple foods: meat, potatoes, garden vegetables, and basic salads. My mom would often make large batches of soups with leftover meats and although the ingredients were so simple, the soups always turned out so good! They were different each time because she didn't use any recipes and would toss in whatever was on hand. I haven't been able to make a soup anywhere near as tasty and comforting as my mom's homemade creations.
My cooking triumphs
I think the fact that I can actually cook something without ruining it now is a triumph. Up until I was 25, toasting bread was a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I mistook salt for sugar when preparing a large batch of pancakes for a family breakfast. Of course, I didn't figure this out until after the pancakes were made. Yuck!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Potato Latkes I
We had a pile of potatoes that needed to be used up and I wanted to try something new. I'd never had latkes before and this was obviously my first time making them. Though I have nothing to compare them to, I thought they were just great! My hubby thought so, too. Didn't have applesauce on hand, but they tasted great with sour cream and a sprinke of salt (after I cut back on the salt in the recipe, as per many reviewer suggestions). I doubled the recipe and used three eggs as many reviewers suggested cutting back on how many eggs were needed. Anyway, my food processor made this very simple to make and it will most certainly be a regular in our household. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 7, 2010
This was divine! As per other readers' reviews, I made sure to drain my yogurt. It's highly, highly recommended, otherwise you'll get soup. I had no cheesecloth readily available, but coffee filters seemed to do the trick. I'm currently draining yogurt for a new batch, this time with cheesecloth (2 layers), and it seems to be draining way better so I expect an even thicker tzatziki this time around. I'm a huge garlic fan, so I didn't mind the excess garlic in this recipe. The only problem was that it stunk up my lunch bag for a few days and I'm sure my co-workers could smell it. But I'm not a big fan of the flavour of oil, so I put in about 2/3 of what the recipe calls for. Vinegar seemed to work just fine, but I will try lemon this time around. And adding fresh dill really topped it off. Thank you so much for this recipe! Now that my boyfriend has learned how to make goat yogurt (he can't have cow products), we have all sorts of options for new food ideas and this tzatziki takes the cake!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2009
Hot Breakfast Couscous
This was delicious! Taking into account other readers' reviews, I used a ratio of two cups of milk to one cup of couscous. For anyone on a sugar/dairy-free diet, try with unsweetened soy milk and Stevia. Before the milk boiled, I mixed in a heap of fresh blueberries. They softened up nicely. After the couscous was ready, I topped it with a big dallop of yogurt (unsweetened goat yogurt, in my case), a touch of Stevia to taste, and a bit of extra fresh cantaloupe that I had on hand. Mixed together, this made for a tasty and filling breakfast. Thank you for sharing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2009

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