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westcoastmom


westcoastmom
 
Living In: Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Jun. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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Peach Ricotta Muffins
Spice-Roasted Chicken quarters
  
Perfect Roasted Potatoes w/onion and garlic
Custom recipe:Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
About this Cook
I'm a West Coast Girl who was transplanted East of the Rockies a couple years ago. I was a professional cook, baker, caterer who just cooks for my family now! I grew up in the Restaurant biz and was immersed in the Food Culture of Vancouver BC Canada working in many different environments. I will always be a foodie at heart!
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my specialty. But I love to cook anything Italian as I cooked in an Italian family Bistro and my Parents owned a Pizzeria for awhile. I grew up thinking I was Italian until I found out at 12 I'm half British and half German! My husband is from Germany so I've been learning and cooking family recipes that his Mom has taught me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad is a cook, my mom a baker. I have had the privilege of working in many restaurants with so many wonderful experiences that I take on different traditions from so many places!
Recipe Reviews 63 reviews
Classic Canadian Caesar
This is a classic Canadian Cocktail! When I lived in Vancouver BC, the Pubs always had Caesar Mondays. Every pub had it's own signature garnish, pickles, pickled green beans, celery, skewered shrimp or prawns. My husband likes it really spicy so I add a little horseradish to his or extra tabasco. I have the Motts Clamato rimming salt that gives the rim extra flavor. The lime wedge is a must though! You need to squeeze the lime juice into your drink when it's served to you. The only thing missing from this is a little freshly ground black pepper, and it's perfect!

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Reviewed On: May 15, 2015
Best Baked French Fries
I thought I'd try this method for French fries. Never heard of the sugar trick before! I know salt does the same thing as well. The sugar did release some liquid after 30 minutes, and I decided to rinse the potatoes off and dry over paper towels. A 1/4 cup of olive oil sounded like way too much, and I didn't want the potatoes burnt so I used a Tbsp. of canola oil and a Tbsp. of olive oil. I also left off the salt until after baking as the salt can make the potatoes soggy in the oven. So I sprinkled them with sea salt right out of the oven. I have a good quality heavy bottomed sheet pan and these baked for 15 minutes on one side, 10 on the other and they were perfectly cooked. Everyone loved them!

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Reviewed On: May 15, 2015
Spaghetti Carbonara II
This a great, simple and easy carbonara! I didn't have an onion so I added a couple spring onions at the end. And used some pasta cooking water instead of the wine to help emulsify the sauce. I cut the recipe in half, but had to use close to a 1/2 cup of pasta water to bring the sauce together. So my only recommendation is to keep some pasta cooking water on hand when making this.

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Reviewed On: May 14, 2015
 
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