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Home Town: Clinton, New York, USA
Living In: Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am 26 years old and currently a housewife and mommy-to-be. My husband and I recently bought a house in Longueuil, QC on the South Shore of Montéal. We have 2 dogs, Louie is our 5 year old golden retriever, and Eva is our 10 month old bernese mnt dog. After suffering a miscarrige right before Xmas '09, we have finally concieved again April '10 and couldn't be more thrilled. My goal with this pregnancy is to eat the best food I can possibly eat and not gain more weight than I need to. I was slightly overweight before concieving (195 lbs), though thankfully it was hard to tell because I am so tall (6ft). At 6 weeks 4 days I weight 206.4 lbs, suffer slight nausea, though not bad enough to keep me from eating, and all the other normal early pregnancy symtoms you can expect to have. Right now mine and my husbands lives are totally revolved around being parents-to-be, and we are so excited about it :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook soups, stews, roasts, one-pot's and good old fashion country cooking, just like my momma use-ta do. Nothing says lovin' like the smell of nice hot comfort food thats been cooking all day in the dead of winter. And on top of that I think that my favorite part about cooking is what most people hate, I love cutting up fruits and vegetables, dicing onions, mincing garlic, herbs and spices. Making a soup or stew from vegies that you yourself selected and cut up, now thats a rewarding feeling. And when your family loves it and there aren't any left overs, thats the icing on the cake, so to speak :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love just spur of the moment calling up some friends and saying, "Hey! Come on over for dinner and a board game." That use to happen about once a week, but since we have moved to the suburbs it's more like a once a month thing. When my mother visits though, thats a whole other story. My mother doesn't cook anymore since us kids have grown up. She says the only reason she has a kitchen is because it came with the house. But, she sure doesn't mind that I like to use mine. I always make her favorites for her, like mushroom risotto. I always try to intruduce her to new things to that I think she'll like. I need to get her coming back for more since she lives 4 hours away, its nice to be able to give her some incentive for a visit :)
My cooking triumphs
My first time apple picking, I got some really big cortland apples and on a whim I decided to try my hand at apple pie. I found 'Apple Pie by Grandma Ople' on this site, which is the highest rated apple pie recipe here, and I tried it with fingers crossed, what a success!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make pad thai once, it was a nightmare.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
Have you ever been to a restaurant and had the risotto, and while you are eating it you said to yourself "I wish I could make this."? Well, you can. Just follow this recipe. It was amazing, very easy and delici-oso!! As for the amount of broth I used, I didn't really measure, I just got two quarts, heated them both through and added it until it was done to my liking. Amazing recipe, thank you MYLEEN. I will never have plain old rice ever again!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2009
Sweet Potato Pie I
OK, so for those of us who don't know what 1 lb of sweet potato looks like, it is about 1.5 large sweet potatos. I made it with 2 whole large and it was just a bit too much. I followed this recipe to the letter and it came out really good. Very sweet, will maybe try using 1/2 cup sugar next time. Great alternative to pumpkin pie, and sweet potato is very good for you. I cooked mine the whole 60 min, and it still looked mushy in the middle, but the toothpick came out clean. So it may be decieving, after a little while of sitting on the counter it totally came together and I am very happy I didn't leave it in the oven for any additional time. All in all a very easy, enjoyable recipe that I will surely make again. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 16, 2009
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
A perfect meal. Amazing from beginning to end, and yes, the dumplings, like others have said, didn't really cook all the way through but it was still awesome! I will definatley make this again and again!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2009

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