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Home Town: Smalltown, Manitoba, Canada
Living In: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am happily married to the love of my life and we have four wonderful children. I have the benefit of working from our home and consequently have been able to stay at home with our children. I consider raising our children to be the best job ever. I love cooking and baking for and with my family. Over the last few years, my dear hubby has joined me in the kitchen and we love to experiment with new recipes to expand our palate. Whenever possible we like to use the produce from our gardens. My other hobby is wine making. We love to entertain and we get great joy out of pairing our wines with our dinners and our tapas nights.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook and bake all sorts of things. My main goal has been to make homemade and healthy recipes whenever possible. Over the last two years I have started milling my own flours and making bread. I have been trying to make more healthy and whole grain varieties of bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Birthdays are a big deal in our family. My kids get to choose their favorite meal and dessert for their birthday dinner. Over the years I loved to bake and decorate my children's birthday cakes. As they are growing older, they have switched to favorite desserts now. My other family tradition is Christmas baking. I love to start baking in November to have about a dozen different cookies and squares ready for Christmas entertaining and gift giving. My children love to help with this. This year they made cookies into shapes without the use of cookie cutters. They used the colored cookie dough like playdough and created beautiful Christmas themed cookies!
My cooking triumphs
There have been many cooking triumphs over the years. It is very rewarding to have family and friends enjoy your cooking and baking! The first cooking triumph that comes to mind was when I cooked my husband's favorite dinner to perfection. I made him a prime rib dinner au jus complete with garlic mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, asparagus, and homemade rolls. He raved about it for days! Another skill I have been mastering is canning and preserving. With all of the garden produce we are growing, it has been so rewarding to process the excess for later use. I have made my own salsa, pasta sauce, tomato soup, stewed tomatoes, apple sauce, pickled beets, pickled beans, pickled eggs, and numerous jams and jellies. I have canned them all with great success.
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully there have not been as many cooking tragedies! There is one tragedy that happened when we had guests for dinner. We were having a BBQ rotisseried chicken. I usually leave the grilling to my husband, but needed to start the chicken before he got home. The chicken ended up in flames and I got a lesson in using indirect heat!
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Salsa Chicken
Very tasty and a quick supper for a weekday! Yet could easily serve this meal for company too! Such a nice way to do a Mexican flavored chicken dish. The family all loved it and said they would love to have it again. Followed the recipe using homemade taco seasoning and homemade salsa. Served it with Spanish rice, corn, and a salad. Garnished the chicken breasts with sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped avocado and extra salsa sauce on the side. Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 6, 2014
Spicy Chicken Thai Soup
WOW! What a great soup recipe! Easy to make and tastes wonderful...especially on a cold, blizzardy day!!! Dear Hubby and I absolutely loved it...definitely restaurant quality! I have plans on making this the next time we have a soup bar with guests! The kids loved the flavor and did not balk at the spice! The only changes I made were: used two lemongrass (all I had), used shitaki mushrooms instead of the white, and breast meat instead of thighs as did not have any. Next time I will use the thigh meat. I would like to try shrimp as an alternative to chicken for a change of pace as well. The spiciness of this soup was good for us as a family. May add a bit more curry paste if serving for only grown-ups! We chose to add a spoonful of cooked jasmine rice to the soup and it was a nice filling meal served with homemade multigrain rolls. Thank you Chef John for another wonderful recipe to go in the recipe box!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2014
Harvest Salad
This recipe came to my email today and what perfect timing!!! Hubby was making dinner tonight as I shoveled the snow in the frreezzing cold. It is a nice trade off we have with each other...LOL! Came in to check my e-mails while dinner cooked and found this salad recipe. Just so happens I had most of the ingredients so thought I would make this salad to go with the baked salmon and roasted vegetables dear hubby was cooking. Substituted balsamic vinegar and olive oil (only 2 tbsp) as did not have the ones called for. Was low on the raspberry jam so added some bumbleberry jam I made in the summer. Substituted Asiago cheese in lieu of the blue cheese and added celery and apples as did not have any tomatoes. Had everything else called for. OMG was this ever good and paired very well with dinner. The dressing was to die for! Will not buy store bought again after making this!!! Served dressing on the side instead of on the whole salad. What a versatile recipe when you do not have all the ingredients. Can`t wait to try it with the walnut oil...its on the grocery list! This harvest salad recipe is a keeper and I will definitely be making it again and again! Thank you for submitting this awesome recipe!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2013
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