Laura Profile - (10515671)

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Living In: Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
This old farm girl now must live in a small town - first time in my life I live on a street, and in a house with a number instead of looking like I reside in one of those green mail boxes on the corner or at the end of the driveway. Love doing and admiring stained glass, and hope to have enough time in my retirement to finish that room of various unfinished projects that have accumulated over the years. Love cooking, baking, grilling and, of course, eating. Have joined the local Y to try and offset my indulgences.
My favorite things to cook
Anything on the BBQ. My Italian background slightly dominates my cooking. Desserts are my specialty, especially anything with chocolate. I have a cartoon on my fridge depicting a dog being scolded just after having devoured a sampler box of chocolates, and the caption reads "Chocolate - the OTHER dark meat". Seems I have adopted this philosophy. Am trying to cook healthier and love fresh fruits and veggies. I don't buy fast foods or quick prefrozen food items. My husband won't eat any fruit unless it's part of a pie or cheesecake - I didn't train him that way. Am a chronic recipe collector - books, clip-outs, family favourites - I will never live long enough to try them all.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Getting together to enjoy a meal cooked by everyone either pot-luck or gathered in the kitchen for an impromptu meal or on the deck for a BBQ. If I know someone's coming over, I take so much time to plan that perfect meal I don't enjoy myself as much as if it had been simply friends dropping in for "this is what we're having, folks".
My cooking triumphs
Not enough to mention.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to mention. I could confess to flipping a dozen butter tarts off the oven shelf upside down on the carpeted kitchen floor, or the many dishes with omitted items or variations which were disastrous.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Upside-Down Coffee Cake
Sorry Coleen. I had trouble with this recipe in that I used a large centre-hole tube pan with removeable insert and double-foil-wrapped it yet there was so much juice and syrup collected in the foil, some of which bubbled out and and burned all over my oven. I used 4 medium peaches but they created so much juice in baking that it ended up a mess even though I held the baked cake over a measuring cup and pierced the foil through the centre hole to drain the juices. I had one cup of juices (and more burned on my oven bottom) and put the juices into the freezer trying to solidify them but of course they never did and after spooning some over the top, ended up tossing the rest. I had mixed some fresh blueberries into the cake batter because coffee cakes are usually drier, but I too realized the cake was dry which was why I tried to spoon some sauce on top. Baking for 90 minutes was perhaps a contributing factor to the amount of juice accumulated. Refrigerating it overnight just accentuated the soggyness. I may try putting this into a 9 x 13 pan to distribute the base and peaches mixture over a larger area and cutting the bake time down to 60 minutes, or simply trash this recipe and go back to my "old faithful" with a hot milk sponge cake batter. To me it was a waste of time and ingredients and I had to clean my oven after to boot!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2011
Easy Slow Cooker Ham
THIS WAS MEGALICIOUS!!! I used an uncooked smoked picnic ham. I thought it had too much liquid and my crock pot was not quite large enough so I cut down on cider, and ground cloves to 1-1/2 T. and covered it with foil but still overflowed onto counter. I mixed the spices with the brown sugar and put 1/2 cup on bottom of crock pot and spread rest on ham. Ham dark on bottom due to dark colours caused by cloves and maple syrup so I cut down time to 6 hours but while not overdone it could have been 1-2 hours less. Put a few slices on the griddle next morning and wonderful scent permeated the house once again. This definitely a keeper!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2010
Roast Beef Burritos
Made this tonight and was excellent. I thought I would add something to the preperation part. I had no taco sauce but made one from this site. Instructions omitted saying when to add so added it with the beef. I jullienned the beef because it stayed together better in the burritos. I drained the chilies too. I added half the cheese to the hot mixture just before putting together. After warming tortillas and assembling, I poured over any leftover filling and heated covered for 15 minutes @350, sprinkled on remaining cheese and heated only until melted. Served with lettuce and a dallop of sour cream. This is a keeper. Thanks for a great recipe.

25 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2010

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