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Home Town: Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My name is Andrea and I am officially a stay at home mom to three very busy boys (Cameron 6, Connor 4 and Ethan 19mos). I say this as up until the end of my mat leave in July 2008, I worked full time for a large telecommunications company for over 13 years. I have been married to my wonderful hubby for 10 years now. I never really enjoyed cooking too much while growing up, it was more of a chore. Once we got married, I slowly began 'dabbling' in some recipes. As the time has progressed, I have to say that it is now something I truly enjoy. I could sit and read cookbooks (or!) for hours and love to try out new recipes. With quite a hectic lifestyle and three very busy boys, I don't devote the time that I would like to, but am trying to take advantage as much as I can while I am home with them!
My favorite things to cook
I wouldn't say that I necessarily have 'favourites'...anything goes, especially if it turns out well and is well received by those I am serving it to! It is one of my greatest pleasures having family and friends truly enjoy what you have put your TLC into! With any dinner party we are having or function we are going to - family or friends - I aim to try at least something new. I also like to try and reflect some healthier choices in some things that I cook or bake and try to teach my boys while young the importance of healthy and balanced eating (whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, etc).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, we would always do the typical Thanksgiving/Easter/Christmas dinners (turkey/mashed potatoes/veggies, etc), so those are things I will always cherish and want to carry on with my own family (although for now, each 'mom' still hosts these big family dinners). My mom has always been a really good cook and I can always remember her making homemade pastry - pies, butter tarts/tarts, etc. I think I have always been intimidated by trying to replicate her pastry cuz I think I'm always worried that it won't turn out to be 'just like mom's'! I have taken a few of her signature recipes though...ones that I loved while living at home - especially her homemade French Onion Soup which I have yet to try one better ANYWHERE!
My cooking triumphs
To me, anything that turns out really well, I feel I can consider a triumph. I just love trying out recipes, so if it's enjoyed by all, I guess I have succeeded!
My cooking tragedies
Well, the one tragedy that comes to mind was actually just over the Christmas holidays. I was broiling mini marshmallows on top of some brownies for some school treats for my oldest son and had set the broiler time for 5 mins. OOPS! Guess I should have figured that broiling is done at quite a high temp...let's just say that I did manage to get to the brownies before they were completely ruined and luckily I didn't burn my kitchen down (mini 'flames' begun as soon as I opened the oven)!! I was able to salvage them at least - skimming off the top 'charred' part...good thing they were having red and green sugar added to them! The brownie itself still tasted quite good!
Recipe Reviews 394 reviews
Strawberry Jam
What a fantastic and super easy recipe! I only had about 3 cups of mashed strawberries, so scaled my recipe back accordingly, to do 3/4 of it. That said, I did use less sugar than what 3/4 of the recipe would have been. Probably only used about 1 3/4 cups total, instead of the 3 cups called for based on having only 3 cups of the berries. I did the freezer test a few times, just kept stirring my pot on the rolling boil, for a good ten minutes at least. My recipe ended up yielding 6 mini jars (the 125ml size) which I sterilized in boiling water and sealed by turning upside down for about 5 minutes once filled (as indicated by some of the reviews). The consistency and flavour of my jam are great - certainly sweet enough, even with my reduction of sugar. Will use this recipe going forward hands down! Thanks :)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2013
Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs
These were excellent! Made them for a large family birthday over the weekend, marinated overnight and only did cubes of chicken (no veggies) as I made a few different salads and fresh cut veggies/dip to serve alongside. They were a hit with adults and kids and came out nice and tender and full of flavour! Will make again :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 17, 2013
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
This was excellent, and a hit! I made this along with Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs over the weekend for a family birthday party and the pulled pork was gone in a flash! I used 2 pounds of pork tenderloin, so scaled back the recipe by half. Put it in my slow cooker the night before to cook and had the timer on for low for 8 hours. So tender! Turned it back onto the warm setting just before our company arrived and added a bit more BBQ sauce at that time. So yummy :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2013
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