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DetectiveL


DetectiveL
 
Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Jan. 18, 2015 7:41 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2015 9:11 am
I have not blogged or asked questions on allrecipes since I was on maternity leave with my daughter. That was in 2009, a year that my (now ex-) husband, my son, and I have always recalled fondly as the year I cooked and baked a ridiculous amount and variety of food, using recipes culled from… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  Eat Drink Man Woman
Dutch Babies II
Tofu with hot chili and black bean sauce
Keufels
Keufels
Graham Crust Butter Tarts
  
Baked Kale Chips
JP's Big Daddy Biscuits
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Potato Chips
Chess Pie
About this Cook
I'm newly (and happily!) single, with two awesome kids and a good relationship with my ex. Things have changed a lot for me lately but one happy side effect of being single is having more time to try different recipes and experiment in the kitchen! And yes, my ex still gets to sample my cooking. (He does need all the help he can get...)
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook practically everything. When baking, I tend to dial back the sugar and have a fondness for nuts, fruits, and spices in my baked treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I hope to start some more family cooking traditions with my children. My son sometimes helps with dinner and desserts. My daughter is a little too young but she is already very interested in helping in kitchen when mommy cooks and bakes. She has her own play kitchen too!
My cooking triumphs
Making flaky pastry crust, getting my ex and son to eat (and like) fish, and learning how to make yeast breads without a machine. Getting my ex to try 'weird' food (e.g., different ethnic foods) was also a triumph. Most of all, learning to actually like cooking is the biggest triumph. I used to despise it!
My cooking tragedies
One of the first meals I ever made was risotto. It tasted good but it was way too sticky! Oh, and there was the time I had a cake baking in the oven and no one noticed that the fuse had blown halfway through the cooking time. A few years ago I tried to make doubles (Trinidadian snack food with chick peas and fried bread) and it was awful. The chickpeas were too oily, the bread not enough so; it wasn't spicy enough, and the bread was weird and misshapen.
Recipe Reviews 187 reviews
Baked Kale Chips
I made a batch as described in this recipe and a batch with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Yum! Thanks for a good base recipe--you can do a lot of variations on this.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2015
Keufels (Original)
This is an interesting recipe and definitely not the traditional Canadian butter tart. The filling does not set completely--it is a little gooey, but not runny. A delicate flaky crust forms on the top of the filling after baking, similar to the one on a chess pie, and it cracks attractively if you aren't gentle when removing from the tin. The pastry is probably my favourite part of the tart (but it's all good!) Some tips: Although the recipe did not state to do so, I cut the cream cheese into the flour because that's how I make rugelach. I eyeballed the amount of nuts and put them into the muffin cups before spooning in the filling. After baking, I cooled the tarts in the tin, on a rack for about 10 minutes before taking them out.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2015
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
These were good! Served these at a NYE party. Just be careful to watch them while they bake--30 minutes was too long for mine.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2015
 
 
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