In-a-Pickle Profile - (10891752)

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Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I'm a lazy cook - never was interested when I was growing up. My first cookbook was one my mother (a home economics teacher!) gave me, called "The I Hate to Cook Cookbook". I would try out new and never-been-made-by-me-before recipes on friends I'd invite over for dinner. My specialty became homemade spaghetti sauce until I had kids and had to expand my repertoire. Once I had a family and wanted to prepare nutritious, tasty but easy meals, I began to pore over recipes and try things out. My family likes my cooking but it's mostly homey stuff. I like gourmet-tasting recipes that are quick and easy too, although they are hard to find.
My favorite things to cook
Chinese style and stir fry dishes with lots of veggies, Southeast Asian, authentic Italian, interesting chicken and lamb dishes, Mediterranean food, interesting salads and vegetable dishes (eggplant, plantains, chickpeas, lentils etc.), Curries, pickles, chilli, quick breads and muffins.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is the best baker, and growing up I loved her many different homemade breads (she stopped buying store bread), banana bread, her authentic pound cake, lemon loaf, creme caramel, hot sponge cake, her cookies etc. I also like her curries, which she rarely makes (well, we rarely see her as she lives far away). My husband is a good cook and makes the most delicious roast beef and Yorkshire pudding every Christmas. Once a year at Thanksgiving I cook my favourite Bourbon-glazed yams and a braised leek recipe you can serve warm or cold. plus creamy, rich, make-ahead mashed potatoes as seen on TV and really is amazing.
My cooking triumphs
Rotisserie BBQ'd cornish hens, chicken roasted with lemon, garlic and olive oil; Stout-braised Lamb, Moussaka, Green tomato relish and Green Tomato Chutney with homegrown tomatoes, Dill and Bread and Butter pickles using cucumbers from our garden; a fruit and nut chili that is a family favourite; Risotto using the recipe on the back of the Lundberg arborio rice package.
My cooking tragedies
Too sad to mention, mostly involving melted utensils and burned pans.
Recipe Reviews 65 reviews
Pumpkin Apple Muffins
This is delicious and moist, nice texture and I even forgot the spices! I still give it 4 stars. I ate mine with a bit of soft cheese to make up for the lack of spice. I am sure I will like it even more next time when I remember to put them in, ha ha, because this healthy recipe is worth making again. The chopped walnuts really make it, I would even increase the amount a bit!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2014
Baked Fresh Rainbow Trout
I posted this recipe and was sorry to read someone shattered their pyrex dish adding water! I know what this is like as my hubby did the same once with a totally different dish. I had no problem because I added Hot water, which maybe I should have mentioned, but for safety reasons if you prefer a metal pan that's a good idea. Glad people are enjoying this.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2014
Diane's Colcannon
I made half the recipe for 4 servings and the family loved it. This was our first time eating Colcannon. Even my mashed potato-purist daughter liked it. I fried the cabbage enough to caramelize some pieces, & even sprinkled a tiny bit of brown sugar on top before covering the pan. I will definitely make this again.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2014
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