Madelaine Profile - (10559368)

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Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a university student majoring in sociology and minoring in child development and family studies. That means I spend a lot of time studying, going to classes, reading, and writing. I work part-time as a nanny, for which I have to cook small child-friendly meals. I also am currently working as a researcher studying media portrayals of immigrants. I am engaged to a wonderful man, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at the same university. You can tell which one of us is the smart one! I am responsible for most meals in our home, and I love to spend time reading cookbooks and recipes/reviews on allrecipes! I have moderate lupus, and I try my best to find healthy recipes that both of us love.
My favorite things to cook
I generally don't like the texture of meat, but I love to cook with it for the flavour! A good friend of mine is vegetarian, so I love to cook meals that she can eat, too. I find it fun to explore adding different layers of depth to the flavour, while excluding ingredients I typically depend on. The Moosewood cookbooks are really wonderful for vegetarian cooking. I love to make soups and stews, curries, burritos and tacos, turkey or chicken pies, and salads. Before I got bad arthritis, I used to be very serious about bread-making. Now that my joints are too weakened I don't make bread anymore, but still carry deep knowledge about and passion for it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like most families, our cooking traditions are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got engaged, I cooked both Thanksgiving (Turkey) and Christmas (Chicken, as my sister does not eat anything from a pig) Dinner. Now, for Christmas, my future-mother-in-law cooks. And I still go home for Thanksgiving and cook.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
This is a great recipe! Be sure to let the beans dry a bit (I let them sit in the strainer). I use red peppers, corn, grated (and then minced) carrots, minced onions, and/or whatever I have on hand. Instead of hot sauce and chili powder, I use berbere (an Ethiopian spice), for a milder but more complex taste. For the bread crumbs, I usually use some mixture of crumbled stale bread and crushed whole wheat saltines. Once these did not hold together at all on the pan, so I roughly chopped up the patty with my spatula and fried it with rice, and served it with sliced avocado for an amazing and quick variation.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2011
Cinnamon Rolls I
I love these cinnamon rolls! I've been making this recipe for several years. I like it because, in terms of cinnamon rolls, it is very easy and requires few ingredients. I usually don't let them sit overnight, but rather start earlier in the day and let them rise until doubled and bake them for lunch or dinner. It's very important to put the butter on first and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top. A couple times, when I was distracted, I mixed the butter with the cinnamon and sugar and spread that on, and the result was not nearly as good. I cut the cinnamon rolls with floss (slide underneath and cross over). I serve these with a simple glaze of powdered sugar, vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and enough milk to make it glaze-like.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2011

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