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Home Town: Terrace, British Columbia, Canada
Living In: Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins
Sugar Cookies
McCormick's Beer Can Chicken
About this Cook
I've been married since 1990 and I am the mother of a son and daughter. My husband and I used to cook most meals together (read - before the kids came along!), but I do the majority of it now. I love to cook, and I was a consultant for a company that sells cooking utensils/products for 5 years. Most days my 3 year old thinks I'm trying to poison her, but I do hear "Mom, you're the best cook" quite often. I have a very appreciative husband, and luckily, my family is quite willing to try whatever I make.
My favorite things to cook
I have a few recipes that are my absolute favorite, and will make those on a regular basis. My husband would say that I have perfected the way I cook chicken. For company, I love to wow people with my recipe for Pork Medallions done on the barbeque. My son even requested it for his 8th birthday dinner when I was sure he wanted hot dogs! Honestly, whenever I make something that the whole family loves and raves about, then that is my new favorite thing to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make my mother's stuffing whenever I do a turkey. She's been gone a long time, but I can still picture her sitting with the big pot on her lap tearing bread. I can't cook a turkey like hers, but the stuffing is just as good. I don't have a lot of family recipes, but I have a lot of memories from get-togethers that I share with my kids.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever my husband is required to bring a dish to his workplace, I get a request for Pumpkin cake. I will get reminder calls every day leading up to the occasion so I won't forget to make it. People who only like carrot cake are hesitant to try my pumpkin cake, but after the third piece they ask for the recipe. I also get calls from girlfriends for cooking advice or recipes all the time. That is a great compliment!
My cooking tragedies
Shortly after my husband and I were married, I decided to try a Thai recipe. Fifteen years later, my husband still remembers and tells the story of how I made him eat spaghetti with peanut butter sauce!
Recipe Reviews 76 reviews
Molasses Sugar Cookies
First of all, be careful which lever you are pulling on the Kitchen Aid - thought I was locking it and pulled it on FULL SPEED after adding the flour :( Once the explosion was all cleared, I finished mixing it, rolled it into balls, rolled it in granulated sugar and put it in the fridge while the oven came up to temp (didn't bother with the overnight or 3 hour chill). Baked them off, and they are fantastic! The only thing I did different was half the recipe (no big deal, still got more than 3 dozen), use half brown and half white sugar (as per a review), and omit the cloves (which I hate). I will DEFINITELY make these again. AND, I will be more careful with the levers :)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 11, 2010
Extra Easy Hummus
I used a 19 oz. tin of beans as it was all I could find. As per other reviews, I added more garlic (3 cloves), halved cumin, and added a tbsp. lemon juice. I LOVE it!! I serve it drizzled with olive oil, and finely chopped roasted red pepper. This is definitely something I will make over and over again!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2010
Adrienne's Cucumber Salad
I used the calculator to cut this recipe down to serve 2. I also salted the cucumbers and let them sit for a while before rinsing thoroughly with cold water to wilt them a bit. Hubby and I both thought it was a nice change, it was good.

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Reviewed On: May 1, 2010

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