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Life's Too Short

Life's Too Short
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Living In: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Walking
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About this Cook
Married, no kids, although I love my friends' children. A budgie and a parrot are my "kids". I love to cook after work, as a way of destressing. When I am not cooking, I read cookbooks, organize my house(definitely a work in progress!) and do lots of sewing crafts. My husband and I love to travel, too.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite recipe is the one I haven't tried yet! The joke in my house is, if you like this meal, enjoy it because you might never see it again. I am always reading recipes and trying new things. A few standby go-to's for dinner: Stir fry, steak salad, Strata-various (layered bread, veggies and meat with cheese)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas, we have a family baking day, with my sisters-in-law, their mom, my mom, and my sister. Fudge, squares, shortbread, candy, usually 20+ dozen by the time we are done. Then we invite the husbands to join us for dinner, before we divide up the treats and take them home.
My cooking triumphs
Once in awhile I will try something complicated. It usually turns out well, but once I know how much effort it takes, I only make it once! Some standouts: General Tao Chicken, Lemon Chicken Balls, Pad Thai.
My cooking tragedies
As a kid, I loved baking, but didn't give it my full attention. My mind would wander, and we would end up with flourless cookies, giant muffins that had double baking soda added, and chocolate banana bread (mistook baking powder for cocoa) I think I even poured orange juice instead of milk into the scrambled eggs once! Now I use cooking as a way of shaking off a stressful day, because I do give it my whole focus.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Better Vegetable Stew
I was conflicted with how many stars to give this recipe. The end result was delicious, with complex flavour. But as other reviewers noted, there is a lot left out in the instructions. I would recommend this recipe to experienced cooks who already know how to toast the seeds, roast the garlic and peppers, and have a clear sense of the flavour and texture they are aiming for. The only change I made was adding acorn squash, which looked great today at the grocery store. And...I never figured out what the 2/3 cup cooked rice was for. Great inspiration, gaps in the instructions. Thanks!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2011
Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies
AMAZING cookies! I used chocolate chips and added 1/2 cup extra oats as suggested. I made a huge batch for my parents' moving day, even the movers raved about them. Made them again for a two week road trip--they held up well while travelling, also froze well beforehand. Thanks for such a great recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2010

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