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Beth W.

Beth W.
Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a stay at home mom who doesn't seem to spend much time staying at home. I love to cook. I volunteer at my kids' school, am chair of the parents group and am very involved at a local camp.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken parmesean, turkey scallopini and "Hairball Surprise". Don't family has a really odd sense of humour. All I will say is that it's a great pasta dish that I made up.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas when I was a kid, my mom would bake. It was the only time of the year she ever did. She would make the best shortbread ever, these AMAZING brownies (about a billion calories a bite), pecan snowballs and chocolate slice (a bit like nanimo bars).
My cooking triumphs
Every year when the kids were little, I would make these spectacular cakes for their birthdays. Each year would be more impressive than the one before. I was always happy when it turned out looking just like the picture. (I never let the kids near the kitchen when I was decorating the cakes for fear they would learn new words, though...)
My cooking tragedies
My most memorable tragedy turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I had a lovely pork tenderloin that I was cooking on the BBQ. I got distracted and it burnt horribly. I was so mad that we ended up going out for pizza instead. Later, after we got home, I cut off all the burnt parts and noticed that the meat had a peculiar odour. I cut it up and put it out for a stray cat that had been hanging around the house. We knew the meat must have been bad as the cat wouldn't touch it!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Grandma Rita's Soft Butter Rolls
This is the last new recipe for rolls I will ever try; they're that good. I don't use white sugar at all, so I substituted an equal amount of brown sugar and was concerned that it would have a negative effect. No need for worry. They turned out perfectly. My husband declared that he could make a meal out of just the rolls. As for me, I'm not a fan of bread products but I loved them too. Can't wait for the kids to get home from school to try them. I imagine I'll need to make another batch of them in short order. Good thing they're quick to pull together! Would give them more stars if I could!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2014
Pork Chops Over Rice
Today was not a good day. This recipe went a long way to making it better. While on the never ending hunt for something for dinner,I discovered that we had some leftover pork chops that needed eating. Since I frequently come here for inspiration, I searched "Pork chops" and found this recipe. So glad I did! I followed the recipe fairly closely (a rarity for me), just making the odd change to make up for a lack of cayenne (I used Epicure's Cinqo Pepper Blend), white rice (used basmati) and rosemary (Epicure's Holiday Spice to the rescue) in my cupboard. After accidentally over salting my sauteed zucchini (I told you it was a bad day), I dumped that in as I hadn't added salt to the rice yet and it was pretty much perfect. I laid the pork chops on top and covered it for the last few minutes to heat them up. The chops were still moist and juicy and my husband, who rarely comments on dinner, said it was really good. That's enthusiastic praise coming from him! Thanks for an awesome recipe. Will definitely add it to my go to list of what to make for dinner.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2014
Peruvian Style Beer Can Chicken
This was absolutely fantastic! I was a little concerned that it would be dried out, because our BBQ ran out of propane around the 1 hour mark of cooking and I didn't notice until about 20 minutes later, so I had to finish it in the oven. The chicken was tender and moist in spite of this. I have made beer can chicken several times in the past, but I never use the same recipe twice. Will definitely be using this recipe again and again!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 14, 2014

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