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About this Cook
For years I disliked cooking. I'd do it, but tended toward the same-old-same-old -- tasty enough, but uncreative and eventually dull. Some years ago, I started getting a flair for the unexpected in my cooking (I was an art student, so creative cooking was bound to happen eventually!). Now I have a blast searching for new and unusual recipes, and I have two kids to do the "boring" parts in preparation. *yea*
My favorite things to cook
Turkey. Easy, aromatic, and yummy. Also enjoy making sauces - all kinds. I'm a sauce kind of gal!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas egg soufflé. My mum's recipe (probably originating with my grandmum). One of these days I'll post it on here. -- Also, it's not a tradition in *my* house yet, but one of these days I'm going to start baking my mum's apple pie. Absolutely the best I've ever had, and was fun to help with (maybe because I liked to eat it so much?!). -- And, my mum used to make THE BEST cake donuts - so fun to cut the dough when I was a kid. It's another thing I wouldn't mind attempting. (All the fun things I enjoyed to "cook" as a child involved baking!)
My cooking triumphs
I once had a pork roast that I didn't feel like cooking in the same old way. I dug around in the cupboards and found some things I thought might make an interesting combination. "Spiced" it with cayenne, black pepper, and of course garlic (- probably some others, but I was making it up as I went along), then I basted it with pear juice for an hour or so. My hubby the "food snob" loved it! Guess what?! This initial experiment began my desire to creatively cook!
My cooking tragedies
I once accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Oi!!
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic
This was nice. The only thing I'd change to the base recipe is a bit less balsamic. Beyond the base, I think I might add slices of onion.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2009
Maple Dill Carrots
Even though i screwed up on the quantities (I made half the amount of carrots and remembered to halve all the other ingredients except! the dill), I'm giving this five stars. My family gobbled them down - I should have made more! Didn't change a thing to the recipe (except my accident), and I don't plan to. It was a great way to use the last of my carrot harvest. *yea*

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2009
Bianca's Green Chile Pork
This was pretty good - though you have to take my rating with a pinch of salt. I didn't have a can of green chilies (dang hubby used them when I wasn't looking!), so I chopped up a couple of Thai Dragons from my garden - wasn't enough. Also, my cilantro has died with the seasonal cold, so I used dried. I had less meat, so cooked shorter. If hubby had gotten home earlier, the meat would have been perfectly tender - but it went a bit longer (on a lower temp) and dried out a bit, though still fairly moist. On the whole, this is worth trying again, but I'll want to make a few changes - and I should have topped with sour cream! (Didn't have it on hand.) --- OH! And I also served this as a "stew" rather than in tortillas. Might have made a difference??

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Reviewed On: Sep. 22, 2009
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