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Home Town: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Living In: San Jose, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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    By: William Anatooskin
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About this Cook
My family is mostly Italian so naturally I have been cooking since I was about 9, helping my mother in the kitchen. I don't really remember liking it, it was just something we did. When I moved out on my own my choices were eat pre-prepared food or eat the good stuff that I already knew how to make, and that is when I really began to love cooking. Now I am married and studying to be a dietitian, so I try to stick with healthier recipes, but have been known to make some sinful recipes every once in a while.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes of all ethnic backgrounds. I also really love to try making really unusual things or replicate foods I have tried. I once spent months tracking down first a recipe and then some malt powder just so I could make real old-fashioned boiled bagels because I missed the bagels that they make in Montreal. (It was worth it!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday in my family was spent preparing and then consuming a giant Italian meal. I think every woman in my family has her own cooking style and is really good. That means that every holiday there was one of many versions of delicious home made pasta, sauce, roast meat and vegetables. Now that I live so far from my family I try to keep the tradition going, although on a smaller scale with my own version of each of dish.
My cooking triumphs
I love to tackle a food I have never made by looking up a variety of recipes and learning more about it before actually starting the recipe. Some of my more recent ventures have included salt water taffy, canning peaches, jams, and a bing-cherry pie from scratch. (How had I not made a pie yet?) On my to do list is making fruit candy chews and home made vinegar.
My cooking tragedies
Ah, the tragedies! I don't think my husband or I will ever forget the first year that we were married and I tried to make a soup in the crock pot. We left to run an errand and came back to the worst smelling disaster ever. Broccoli does not belong in a soup in a crock pot!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Kettle Corn
I have made this about 8 times now. I thought that I would prefer the brown sugar version because I love carmel popcorn and actually don't really like regular popcorn at all, but after trying both ways I prefer with white sugar. The brown sugar tastes ok, but has a slight burnt flavor throughout. The white sugar version, I end up with only a few burnt tasting pieces depending on when I take it off the heat (no popping vs. a bit of popping still). I add salt at the end, as I put it in the bowl. Clean up is fairly easy and I am usually done the whole process only about 3-4 min after my hubby is finished making his microwave popcorn. When I made it for him- he loved it even though he thought it would not taste good. If I only make it for myself I use 3 Tbsp of sugar and oil and 6Tbsp of kernels. It makes about the same as a bag of microwave popcorn. Not exactly 1 serving, but 1 delicious bowl anyway!! Thanks for the recipe!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2011
Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews
This tasted good but I thought the sauce was very watery and there was a lot of it, although I did not make a lot of broccoli. I liked the flavor a lot though. I think that next time I might stir a little bit of corn starch into the soy sauce, maybe 1 tsp, before cooking it to help thicken the sauce. I would not boil it longer since the flavor might get too intense and sticky.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2010
Plum Blueberry Upside Down Cake
This was delicious!! I did not use blueberries because I was just trying to find a way to use up a bunch of ripe plums. I followed the recipe exactly (although once I replaced the milk with buttermilk because I had no milk left) and it came out so nice- dense sweet cake, tart and delicious plums. My husband was not crazy about the plums (they get tart when you cook them) but he has a super sweet tooth and does not eat much fruit as it is. He did request that I make this cake without the fruit for his birthday (and frost it)- he loved that but it was way too sweet for me.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 25, 2010

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