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Home Town: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm Canadian. My Detroit friends make fun of my accent and my spelling. They do not make fun of my cooking. :)
My favorite things to cook
Indian food. Sauces that take more than 2 hours. Pecan Pie. Beef Bourginion. Bread. Strawberry jam with whole berries in it. Meatballs. Ice cream. Anything with Blue cheese in it. Crushing up my own spice mixes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom isn't much of a cook so as soon as I was in highschool, I sort of took over dinner duty. It was nice having dinner that didn't come out of a box...I think everybody was grateful for that. My nana is one heck of a good cook so I learned from her. I still can't make butter tarts that come even close to hers...she laughs at me whenever I try. I think I will always suck at making pie crust. But I can make a mean roast beef with yorkshire pudding and that is all thanks to my nana.
My cooking triumphs
Even though I am one of the whitest people on the planet, I feel like any lover of Indian food would be fooled that my Dahl and butter chicken wasn't made by an Indian grandma.
My cooking tragedies
For some odd reason, until this past year, I have never been able to make chocolate chip cookies. I don't know why, they just never turned out. I can cook and bake pretty much anything else with relative success but the chocolate chip cookies? Not a chance. I tried every recipe I could get my hands on...I even bought new cookie sheets, all to no avail. And finally, one day...I got it. Perfectly browned, slightly gooey, yummy, yummy chocolate chip cookies. You know what did it? I'm almost embarrased to say....the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chips package. Yup, far and away the best recipe and the only one that you can't screw up.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Barley Chicken Casserole
This is very yummy and filling with a few changes made. First, I used turkey sausage instead of bacon. I added way more veggies and didn't rest them on top as suggested- I just dumped them all together. Also, instead of dark meat, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. All in all, a great recipe to play with- it's an excellent way to use up all the odd bits of veggies in your fridge!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2011
Aunt Bev's Famous Apple Pie
the PERFECT apple pie. Didn't change a thing (and never will). Yum!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2007
Chicken Pot Pie VIII
This was good with a few modifications. I cooked all veggies before putting them in the seemed to me that the cooking time wouldn't have been long enough to make them squishy enough (squishy-ness is a prerequisite for veggies in my house). I also added more onion, garlic and peas for flavor. All in all, this is an excellent fall supper. Will make again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2007

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