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Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Skillet Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes
About this Cook
I am a physiotherapist/student Osteopath in Nova Scotia Canada and run my practice out of my home. I have 3 children two of whom will eat anything and my middle son who will eat anything with sugar! It is always a challenge to work a full day, pick children up after school/daycare, have a healthy delicious meal on the table and then make it out to various activities in the evening....ohh....and there is always homework. I recently discovered this site and am finding the user ratings extremely helpful....and have not been disappointed.
My favorite things to cook
I much prefer baking to cooking and have mastered most baking challenges. I find cooking less fun as I make a mess in the kitchen and the food is gone in minutes....but I am learning that planning and making ahead are the keys to success.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always bake a ton of sweets at Christmas time and send some of everything to my dad in Vancouver (British Columbia). He enjoys the fond memories of my mom's Christmas baking and feels a little closer to his three daughters here on the East Coast when he can't be home with us over the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I am known for my baking among friends and family. My "French Apple Pie" is a big hit, as are my dips "spicy crab" and "hot artichoke". I am also well known for my chocolate "truffles" at Christmas.
My cooking tragedies
Well lets just say I have yet to master Banana Bread....I love bananas and can't resist adding just a little more than any recipe calls for. I once baked a banana bread for two hours and it was still gooey in the middle. My ex-husband used to chuckle when I said I was making banana bread because we always knew how it was going to end :)
Recipe Reviews 52 reviews
Chewy Granola Bars
These are the best. I need nut free granola bars and want them to be preservative free and low in sugar. Good luck finding them in a grocery store. I used 1/2 butter melted, no sugar, 3/4 c. honey and 1/4 c. applesauce. I pressed them into a pampered chef large bar pan (similar to a cookie sheet), covered them with waxed paper and rolled them with a rolling pin. The first time I made them I took them out 1/2 way to roll them again (covered with waxed paper). I let them cool partially in the pan, cut them into 32 and wrapped them all indiv. and then put them into a large freezer bag and popped them into the freezer. They are delicious frozen and are perfect for popping into the kids lunch boxes in the am (the schools are nut free...hence my quest for a peanut butter free granola bar). They also make a healty breakfast choice when you are in a rush to get out the door (of course this depends on what you add for accessories....I tried craisins, white chocolate chips and sunflower seeds the first time....and semi-sweet mini choc chips with raisins and sunflower seeds the second time). I will be making these weekly during the school year FOR SURE!! Thanks SO much for this recipe!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2009
Maple Dill Carrots
Oh My Gosh....I really....and I mean REALLY second guessed teh dill with the sugar....I love garlic, cream and dill...the usual...but really hesitated but decided to go for it. Boy am I ever glad I did. I first steamed the carrots and then tossed them in the melted butter brown sugar and dried dill (didn't have fresh)...and it was so so good. Loved it. It is barely finised and the kids haven't tasted it...can't wait until they do and will post an update. Thanks

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2009
Corn and Black Bean Salad
Sooo delicious. I am biased as I really love this combo of vinegar, oil, cumin and cilantro. You really can't go wrong....and when you throw in veggies, grains or beans it can't help but work.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2009
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