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Alison K

Alison K
Home Town: Ontario, Canada
Living In: Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I have been married for 5 years, but living with my husband for longer. We bought an historic home that required a complete overhaul, including the totally empty ancient kitchen. For three years I cooked using nothing more than a hot plate and a microwave. Then in September of 2007, construction on the kitchen finally began. While it was being built I earnestly watched cooking shows on tv: Ramsay's kitchen nightmares, Restaurant Makeover, Iron Chef (both), and other shows. I reread recipe books and purused All Recipes, dreaming of when I could start trying recipes out. The kitchen was finished in time for Christmas and what a dream kitchen it is! While I still have tons to learn, it's been great fun trying out new recipes and discovering new favourites.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking what I call bbq Greek pasta. Also love any kind of pasta. My husband and our foster daughter love chicken parmesan, Salsa Chicken, and baby back ribs - all from this site. They also love the apple crisps and crumbles I've made.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In my family, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are a site to behold. Mountains of delicious food with a big golden turkey holding court. We make stuffing from scratch, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, veggies, fresh breads, etc.
My cooking triumphs
We hosted Christmas for the family in 2007 as our new kitchen was built. What a success it was! The turkey turned out perfectly and the stuffing (the cranberry one from this site) was a huge hit, as were the sweet potatoes with streudel topping. I think that dish alone was a triumph. People could not stop eating it and it was the first dish to get polished off. The streudel topping was crispy and the sweet potatoes were lovely and sweet with hints of cinnamon and maple syrup. Another cooking triumph was our Canada Day bbq. I whipped up potatoe salad, garlic pita crisps, a green salad, and the best ribs ever! My Mother-in-law, husband and his brother all said they were the best they have ever eaten, and they have eaten a lot of ribs. LOL. My MIL is considered a gourmet cook so to have her rave about those ribs days later was great praise.
My cooking tragedies
I made hamburgers last night that did not turn out well at all. We were going to bbq them, but found out that the bbq had frozen solid (it was -30C out). So resorted to pan frying them. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I needed to make the burgers thinner for pan frying then I did for the bbq. The outsides got done very quickly, but the insides were not cooked. I guess 1/2 was too thick. Now I know why McDonald's makes it burgers so thin. lol. In the end I had to over cook the burgers in order to get them cooked all the way through. What a shame. Next time I will only use the bbq and will try and flatten out the burgers a bit more.
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Pizza Dough II
I made pizza dough for the first time last night using this recipe and it turned out great! The family loved it. I followed the recipe exactly, but did prebake the crust for 10 minutes before putting the sauce on it. I used a regular cookie sheet, which I greased and then sprinkled cornmeal over. I was a little alarmed at first when I took it out of the oven and the entire thing had swelled up like a balloon. lol. But I was easily able to deflate it and put the sauce and toppings on. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and dough hook to do the kneading and it made it so easy! I may never order pizza in again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2009
Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls
I made these for my husband and I tonight and he loved them. He said they were "perfect" and he is a really picky eater. I made only a small moderation to the recipe. After rolling up the chicken with the filling like a jelly roll, I put them into a casserole dish and brushed the tops with olive oil and put a couple tablespoons in the bottom of the dish to prevent sticking. Then I sprinkled them with Italian seasoning and coated tops with panko bread crumbs. I baked these in my convction oven at 350 for 45 minutes, then put them under the broiler for about 4 minutes until the tops were golden. I sprinkled a little real grated parmesan reggiano on top as well. This recipe goes really well with the Gourmet Mushroom Risotto recipe on this website.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2008
Baked Pork Chops II
I made these porkchops for my husband and teenage daughter tonight and it went over pretty well. It was easy to make and quick. I used very thick pork chops, like 1.5" and they turned out beautifully. My husband said that they were juicy and fell apart like pulled pork - he said this would be a good recipe to convert to a pulled pork sandwich. I did use roasted garlic pasta sauce because I didn't have regular tomato sauce. I will pick some up and try making it again and see if they up the rating.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2008

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