Lovestocook25 Profile - (10180407)

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Living In: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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Chicken Pot Pie IX
World's Best Lasagna
Banana Cake VI
About this Cook
I used to dust my stove for years but now, thanks to cooking courses at our local Loblaws (grocery store) and this website, I've taken up an interest in cooking. I usually make something I've never tried before when we have company, which I never had the nerve to do before, but life's too short to always cook the same thing. I love cooking when I have the time - I'll love it more when I retire for that reason! - and I love eating too so I have to balance healthy eating with treats. There's something really fulfilling about cooking for people who love what they're eating.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups. They're a great healthy dinner in our cold Canadian winter. I also enjoy making and eating anything with lemon in it and occasional treats like cinnamon buns and homemade dinner rolls (from this website).
My favorite family cooking traditions
None really - that's why I used to dust my stove. My mother hated cooking, she just liked to collect cookbooks.
My cooking triumphs
I made a spectacular Christmas log cake a few years ago. And this year I made the penguin olive appetizers from this website which were a great hit.
My cooking tragedies
I never used to get creative enough to have tragedies and now that I'm cooking I use recipes from this website and from my favourite cookbooks (Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa) so the recipes are so good it's hard to have a tragedy. August 2010 - OK, since writing the above, I've now had a major tragedy. Probably because the recipe wasn't from this website! I had to make a dozen Aussie Meat Pies last Thursday night for a cottage lunch last weekend (which I've made before from a recipe I found on line and they turned out awesome). This time the liquid didn't thicken and the pastry turned out terrible - not quite sure exactly what happened - but I had to drive to a bakery the next day and buy pies. All told, it cost $57! Pretty expensive meat pies. My husband said it was the first time he recalls in recent memory a disaster that bad in our kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 77 reviews
Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip
A bit too rich for us. I forgot to add the Old Bay Seasoning - maybe that made a difference? Great idea but just too rich for our palate.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2015
Peach Kuchen
I doubled the "crust" as suggested by someone but I think that dried it out a bit due to the much longer cooking time. Still tasty though and I'll make it again but will cut back the crust ingredients to 1.5 the amount instead of double. Fresh Niagara peaches worked well.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2014
Lentil and Sausage Soup
This will be one of our regular soups from now on. I'll try it with spicy Italian sausage next time for a change but this version was yummy just as is.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2014
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