vlin28 Profile - Allrecipes.com (10217492)

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Living In: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Italian, Nouvelle, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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Shortbread & Gingerbread Cookies
Lightning McQueen Cake 2nd Birthday
Elmo Cake for 2nd Birthday
Qualin's Bouquet
About this Cook
I'm a stay at home mom and am always looking for great recipes that both my picky hubby and my finicky toddler will eat. I started taking a greater interest in improving my culinary expertise and in finding new and exciting recipes when I got positive responses at a dinner party we threw for 15 plus family members a few years back. I realized that I liked to cook a great meal that all enjoyed. I dabble a bit here and there and have come up with 2 or 3 great personal recipes. As well, I like to enhance or alter recipes I find to better suit my family's palate. I find All Recipes is a great place to find both solid base recipes that I can tweak, as well as over the top perfect-as-is recipes that need no alterations whatsoever.
My favorite things to cook
I love any kind of pasta and am always looking for great new recipes for pasta sauces. As well, since the birth of my son, I have taken an interest in baking which we love to do together. It is great way to spend some quality time with my number one little man.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although it does not relate directly to cooking, a tradition that does involve food & beverage is one that I most cherish. Every morning my husband and my son, who is still a toddler, make coffee before I come downstairs. Soon as I get downstairs, my son says "Mommy!! Coffee's ready!!" and runs to grab my coffee thermos (with spill-proof lid of course) and hands it to me with the cutest, proudest smile spread across his face! Ahhhh...what a way to wake up in the mornings!
My cooking triumphs
1/ After a disastrous first attempt at cooking Curry Chicken, I can now proudly say that everyone raves whenever I make it, since along with having mastered the cooking technique, I have come up with my own recipe developed from trying out several different ones and incorporating the best parts of each. 2/ My personal recipes for Butter Garlic Shrimp on Angel Hair, Basil Garlic Tomato Chicken & Spring Vegetables, Grilled Salmon and Baked Pasta w/ Sausage are my triumphs.
My cooking tragedies
My first time trying to cook Curry Chicken was for a potluck at work. It was almost ten years ago and I was truly a novice not having ever had anyone teach me anything about cooking and never having watched anyone cook much less a cooking show. And stupidly, I decided to attempt this on my own WITHOUT a recipe (duh!!) and when it came time to fry up the potatoes, I had the oil on too hot. When I went to add the potatoes (which are by nature slightly moist), to the wok....HOT OIL SPLASHED all over and I burned my arm from the wrist to the middle of the forearm. Needless to say, I was extremely embarrassed to have to show up at work the next day with my pot of Curry Chicken and a big white bandage covering half my forearm!!!
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Japanese Green Tea Petits Fours
I've made this with two different brands of matcha powder and found that the one that was from Japan was the superior one and made a huge difference in the taste of the cake. It had a nuttier taste to it and had a softer undertone, whereas the other brand was a bit bitter. It is a nice sponge-cake type texture. I paired it with buttercream that I added matcha powder to (about 1 tbsp powder per 2 cups buttercream) and it was a nice compliment. I didn't bake at 450 though - just 350 for about 20 mins. I would make this again.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2009
Coconut Shrimp I
Very easy to make. My hubby and 3-1/2 year old son wolfed these down so it's definitely a keeper. Personally, I'm not a big fan of coconut but even for me they were delish. The dipping sauce I used since I didn't have orange marmalade, was 1/2 cup plum sauce w/ a generous squeeze of dijon mustard & 1 tsp horseradish and it complimented the dish nicely - I think any sweet thick sauce/jam/marmalade would work. Definitely try out this recipe especially if you have "little men" in the house who are finicky eaters.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2009
Clone of a Cinnabon
Yummy flavour but definitely a decadent "treat" for special occassions only as it was quite filling and rich!! Made this for Christmas Brunch and actually overbaked them since I had cut out 21 rolls instead of 12 (duhhh - but it was late & I was tired) and did not realize my error until they had already baked for 15 mins. This made them hard around the edges so to remedy this, I sprinkled some water on the buns with my finger tips and put them in the microwave covered for 1 minute. This also works for warming rolls straight from the fridge (30 secs/roll - add 10 secs for each additional roll). I found the frosting to be a bit pasty, not smooth like what you get from Cinnabon so I added a touch of milk and that helped.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2008

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