Nicole Profile - (15994765)

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Member Since: Feb. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Easy Mini Strawberry Cream Puffs
About this Cook
Nicole L'Esperance loves to cook and eat well. Having grown up in British Columbia in the early 70s, Nicole developed what has become a life-long passion for good food. During that time, her mother, Marie, co-author of the "Easy Recipes from Scratch" series and an excellent cook, studied gourmet cooking. She was active in various "gourmet clubs" and a hostess for many progressive dinners. Nicole remembers being the only five-year-old with a taste for anchovies and Chicken Saltimbocca. Nicole believes in eating good, healthy foods made from scratch -- just the way her mother has always made them. That means no canned soups, preservatives, or artificial anything. Her mission is to share recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. When Nicole isn't busy with writing, cooking, or eating, she can usually be found elbow-deep in her backyard vegetable garden with her four-year-old son. She loves cooking and surrounds herself with people who love food.
My favorite things to cook
Caesar Salad, Anything chocolate, Ice Cream, Rice Bowls, Chicken Cacciatore, Fresh garden vegetables, Marinated Vegetables and Meats, All desserts, Did I mention all things chocolate?
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love how my family always gets together and has appetizers before meals. My mom makes great finger foods and she always keeps our meals interesting with new recipes and creations. Everyone in my family can cook and shares in the cooking during the holidays. We all have different styles and specialties. I love it!
My cooking triumphs
My mom and I wrote a cookbook and it reached #4 on the Bestsellers list on Amazon, #1 in Cooking, Food and Wine, #1 in Gourmet, and #1 in Entertaining. The book is called "Special Dinners for Two: Easy Recipes from Scratch". It's an e-book for Kindle, iPad, Android, and mobile phone. The cookbook features how to make a special occasion meal using all-natural recipes made from scratch. My mom is a great cook and it was so much fun working on this book with her. You can see it here:
My cooking tragedies
When I lived in Korea, I first discovered persimmons. They were bright red and juicy and made me long for homemade Spaghetti Sauce like my mom makes. Thinking they actually were Asian-style tomatoes, I bought a large bag of them at an open air market and brought them back to the hotel where I was staying. I added vegetables, a lot of garlic, and topped it with parmesan cheese I had found at an import store. I invited all the other foreigners to in my hotel to my room for a spaghetti dinner. Much to my surprise, I had made Persimmon Sauce, not Tomato Sauce! We all laughed and ate it anyway. It certainly wasn't my mom's spaghetti sauce, but it wasn't too bad, either!
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