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Living In: Puyallup, Washington, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Banana Banana Bread
Loki, my awesome kitty
About this Cook
I'm a Canadian girl, living in Washington state with my american husband for about 5 years now. I have a 19 year old daughter still living in Canada, a 12 year old son (who's already taller than I am!) and a 16 year old step-son.
My favorite things to cook
I love food with a lot of flavor, so mexican, italian, greek are all good. I've never made a bad tasting soup, and I make them alot in the colder months. I have MS, which in my case manifests with fatigue (bad for cooking) and loss of feeling in my hands. (worse!) Because of this I take shortcuts where I can, like using frozen chopped onions, pre-crushed garlic, prepared salads... But I always add my own touches and I use fresh garlic if my husband's home to peel and mince it for me, because the stuff in the jar just isn't the same!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad's parents were german immigrants, they died long before I was born, but raised their mennonite family (12 kids!) on a farm in Alberta. I guess my dad must have impressed my mom (who's own family hailed from england) with what sorts of foods he liked because she made things like darn good cabbage rolls and homemade perogies when I was young along with more standard north american food. I definately inherited my dad's taste for german food and when I cook it, even my husband will eat a little cabbage now and then.
My cooking triumphs
The last time I made yorkshire pudding it finally was PERFECT! It puffed up huge in the muffin cups and they didn't stick to the pans. They fell of course, I wouldn't want them so dry that they stayed inflated, but they held shape around the edges and best of all, they were delicious! So there I am, while the roast, gravy and fixin's are on the table, writing down exactly what I did so I can repeat it next time, with the family sitting there waiting for me.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a young woman, just starting to cook I attempted a chicken stir fry. I had onions, broccoli, carrots, chicken, soy sauce and a brand new stove top wok. I guess I threw it all in there and started cooking... I think the chicken was drumsticks... No, there was no poisoning from undercooked chicken, I'd been taught well that chicken and pork should always be fully cooked. So I cooked it, and cooked it, til I was pretty sure the chicken was done, and just to be sure, I cooked it some more. The only thing that comes to mind when trying to describe what it smelled and tasted like is very old, very ripe, very sweaty gym socks. It was the broccoli I think, the apartment reeked of it for weeks. Ever since, I have really disliked broccolli, though I can eat it now, I never have enjoyed it since that meal 20 or so years ago.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Shortbread Supreme
Wonderful! I did add a bit of vanilla and a pinch of salt (unsalted butter) Well, it was my teenage son actually who made them with some assistance. He made some dulce de leche too and with this recipe managed to get 60+ small rounds which he sandwiched into 30 caramel filled cookies. I'm jealous of his class who get to eat them tomorrow, but at least we got to sample them first. Very nice.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2012
Matthew's Bearnaise Sauce
Amazing, creamy and incredibly tasty. Not used to whisking so much, but definately worth the effort.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2009
Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins
Wow! What a foolproof recipe... I woke up way too early this morning and decided to make muffins for the family; In my sleep deprived state I made more than one mistake, one of them really bad... I forgot the baking powder until I'd started filling muffin cups. I scraped it all back into the bowl, blueberries too, and added the BP and mixed it some more (Though I'd already overmixed it) My kitchenaid stand mixer did shred some of the blueberries on this mix, but after a minute of mixing I refilled the cups and baked as directed and they were still delicious. They rose, they were fluffy but not tough. I loved the flavor and my family did too. Great recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2009
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