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Barbara Zavadil

Barbara Zavadil
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Member Since: Jun. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Gourmet Chicken Salad
About this Cook
I am a 70 year old widow living alone now for over 10 years. I have my lovely poodle Vicky to keep me company and am enjoying my "new life" very much indeed. I had trouble cooking for one at first and find the recipes in AllRecipes great because they allow me to downsize a recipe to one or two servings. I have been experimenting a bit myself with single serving meals and have come up with a few that work very well for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love stir frys and slow cooker meals. Probably because they are so easy to put together. Of course the slow cooker meals have to be ones that I can freeze in single serving sizes! My family of five boys and a hungry husband had me looking for tasty meals that could keep warm for ages to accomodate all those swimming lessons, football and soccer games and after-school activities. I now prefer those simple meals that I can put together in a half hour or so with as little clean-up as possible!
My favorite family cooking traditions
One tradition that comes to mind so often still is "Butterscotch Sundays", so named because some Sundays would be set aside for making sweet yeast breads and rolls. The smell throughout the house of hot rolls and sweet brown sugar was a favourite time, even though the time was also set aside to clean the recreation room! At least those five boys had something to work for.
My cooking triumphs
Connecticutt Beef Dinner, my "Wonderful Spaghetti Sauce" (so named by my boys), Beef Bourguignon, Grandma's Shortbreads and those aforementioned butterscotch rolls and Chelsea buns, I make a pretty good Chili as well
My cooking tragedies
Don't ask! I remember "creating" my first (and last!) deep fried donuts. When my husband came home from work he tried to get his teeth into them...nearly broke them and then decided that they were best heaved off our 6th floor balcony into Lake Ontario! Worst part of this was pouring the hot oil back into a glass bottle, which of course blew up and sprayed oil all over my time and clean up.....8 hours! Another sad one was my first Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I mixed the bread crumbs seasonings, chopped onion, celery...all those lovely ingredients but didn't know that I was supposed to add liquids to the bread crumbs. When I opened the turkey to spoon out the dressing it kind of "puffed" out like a duststorm...I just stood there and broke out bawling. Oh dear!! Such a long time the way now I am noted for my delicious stuffing!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Pasta with Asparagus
This has become one of my favourite meals. Light, quick and easy. I now add light cream to the sauteed vegetables which makes for a nice cream sauce for the angel hair pasta. I have omitted the hot pepper for myself but that is a matter of taste.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2008
Gourmet Chicken Salad II
This was delicious! I didn't have the walnuts so I added chopped cashews instead which worked quite well for me. I also added a single serving sized tin of drained fruit cocktail for added taste. I will definitely be making it again and may just add toasted sesame seeds as well. I took the accompanying photo and that is tomato aspic on the side. (Recipe for that is under review!)

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2007
Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds
I found this recipe for a friend to take to a pot luck supper. She has just called to tell me that the chicken salad was a winner, rated the tastiest dish there! Now to dazzle my friends as well!

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2001
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