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Home Town: Stettler, Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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I love butter. Don't judge me!
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
About this Cook
I was born in small town Alberta, Canada where I was raised on good ol' meat and potatoes (gotta love Alberta beef!). Good food has always been a part of my life. Growing up, my mom, grandma, and I enjoyed cooking together, and I have many fond memories of cooking and baking with them. My mom always makes great comfort food, and always made our family the dishes we requested- even when she didn't like them! She hates lasagne, but somehow managed to make the best lasagne ever.
My favorite things to cook
I love the challenge of making things I never thought I could, and perfecting them. I make a mean tzatziki, Asian corn chowder, fleur de sel caramels, and more.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my grandparents had a farm. In harvest time, the men would spend all day out in the fields, and us girls would be in the kitchen, cooking up lunch, dinner, and snacks. We would bring the prepared food out to the field and eat it out there. I loved eating in that field while watching the sunset!
My cooking triumphs
I've had a few! My first Thanksgiving cooking for 15 people in 2007 was a great success! Making homemade potstickers with a hot chili sauce. It was very time consuming- but was so delicious. Also, cooking for a staff party at our house for 25 people. I stressed because I wanted everything to be perfect- and I was so relieved when everyone loved it!
My cooking tragedies
The biscuits! I made some biscuits once, and I think the baking powder was bad. They were tough and tasted like chewing on flour. Shawn said they tasted like playdough! Its now a running joke in our house...
Recipe Reviews 144 reviews
Chef John's Caramel Chicken
4 1/2 Stars- but I'll round up! Seriously one of the best Asian Chicken recipes I've ever made. The chicken was a perfect combination of sweet and spicy, the 1/2 star I took off was because I found the recipe a bit too salty. I'm sure this will probably vary depending on the brands of soy/fish sauce you use. I would start light on both then add if needed. I made half a recipe for my boyfriend and I with a side of sesame green beans and brown rice. I was worried it wouldn't be enough food as I only had 3 chicken thighs, but it was perfect, if not too much food. I had no troubles with the liquid ratio, but I did have a big pan with not much meat (and a gas stove). I would tend to think that maybe the people who are having trouble may be overcrowding the pan. All in all this is a wow-worthy recipe, definitely suitable for company. I'll be making this again!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2012
Bran Flax Muffins
I added some chopped dark chocolate, subbed the raisins for a mixture of cranberries and blueberries, added some unsweetened coconut, and for the nuts had a mixture of hazelnuts, almonds, and macadamia. SO SO SO good! I think you can do a lot with this recipe!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2011
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Omigosh, SO good! Crisp, chewy, peanut buttery, delicious! I rolled in sugar as well, just for a little extra texture.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2011
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