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Living In: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Jun. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I never learned to cook as a girl. When I had a family of my own I had to learn quickly. As my family has grown my interest in cooking has too. I started watching cooking shows on TV then discovered this and a few other sites. This is my favourite though. I love experimenting with new tastes and have somehow discovered that I seem to have a knack for looking at recipies and being able to tell if they would turn out to be delicious.
My favorite things to cook
Main courses. Good steaks, roast beef, turkey. A vegetarian I am not. I also love to make sauces and salad dressings. When I see a recipe for a sauce,dressing, marinade that calls for lots of ingredients or ingredients that I usually don't use I get intrigued. Due to quite a few really good recipe results, mainly from this site, I have been enjoying baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving and Christmas Turkey dinner. The menu is almost always the same and the kids wouldn't have it any other way. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, a veg, my special gravy, cranberry sauce, cabbage salad, manderine orange salad and nanaimo bars for dessert.
My cooking triumphs
I am always on cloud nine when I make a roast and the gravy turns out really good. But I think that finally mastering a pie crust makes me feel triumphant.
My cooking tragedies
Friends were invited over for a casual dinner. I was using my old standby spagetti sauce recipe that I have made for 10+ years and I burned it. My friends are great and we had a good laugh. A few months later the same group gathered at my house for a meal. Everything looked great. A nicely balanced Sunday spread. Nothing too fancy, just a homey meal. I carved the roast beef in the kitchen and began to load up a generous platter. My jaw dropped when I saw how rare the meat was. Now personally I enjoy beef rare but I wasn't sure everyone would share my taste. There wasn't too much I could do considering everyone was seated and very hungry. Thank goodness for the dimmer switch.
Recipe Reviews 215 reviews
Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak
Other than mediocre pulled pork/chicken, there isn't a slow cooker recipe that I like except for an old family favourite - "Grandma 's Spaghetti". Until this recipe! It lives up to it's high reviews. The aroma is wonderful and with the soy sauce and green pepper ingredients, has a yummy almost Chinese food smell. Arriving home from work everyone said they hoped the dinner that they smelled from the driveway was coming from their kitchen. This recipe is so good! * I finally solved the mystery of the auto feature on my slow cooker. If anyone else, who stupidly threw out the box & instructions is wondering, when initially set on auto, the temperature will stay at high for 1 hour then will automatically change to low for the remainder of cook time. More than a few sources stated the flavour is remarkably improved. Very cool!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2014
Sarah's Rice Pilaf
More proof that the simplest of recipes often produce a delicious surprise. There are no competing ingredients. I thought the onion might take over but it didn't. I think I will be making this a lot in the future. Thanks so much for sharing your little gem

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2014
Nonna's Tuscan Salad Dressing
While this dressing has all the right ingredients the flavour balance seems off. Adding the suggested corn syrup (light rather than golden) helped a little, but I still found it still sharp.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2014
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