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Home Town: Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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Sicilian Spaghetti
About this Cook
I live on beautiful Vancouver Island with my fiance. I'm pretty sure my cooking skills have something to do with his affection for me :) I work as a researcher for the provincial government, and in my spare time I like to trail run, garden and socialize. Except for cooking, it's hard to keep me indoors!
My favorite things to cook
Generally, I try to cook according to what is in season, and so have discovered delicious vegetables I would otherwise never have tried. I planted my first vegetable garden this year, and I've been buying local, organic produce for a while now: makes a huge difference in freshness and taste. In the summer, I love to BBQ and rarely cook a meal inside. I adore a rare steak, crisp salad and cold beer on hot sunny days. In the winter, I love making soup, hearty casseroles, and plenty of baked goods. If there's cheese involved, even better.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas Eve, my Mom served her delicious tortiere, a French-Canadian pork pie we always looked forward to devouring. She is an all-around fabulous cook. And on weekend mornings, Dad's breakfasts were divine; no one does eggs easy-over, fried potatoes, and "floppy" bacon like he can.
My cooking triumphs
I make a darned fine pie, if I do say so myself :)
My cooking tragedies
My cooking snafus usually involve poor timing, where the vegetables are done but not the roast, that kind of thing. My first Thanksgiving dinner would have been an utter disaster without my Mom acting as project manager. But I've also dropped, burned, undercooked, and over-seasoned various meals across the years--I have a hard time cooking and talking simultaneously, ha ha. But no memorable or out-of-the-ordinary kitchen tragedies, thank goodness!
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs
These were AWESOME, and totally easy to make ahead, and throw on the bbq at the last minute. I made extra, thinking I'd for sure have leftovers, but no way, not a single rib was left behind. Should note that we applied a dry rub before baking them in the oven. Fabulous!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2010
Baked Buffalo Wings
I put these in the fridge, coated with the flour mixture, all day. I cook them on racks on baking trays, so that the juices drip down and away (I've tried doing as the recipe suggests, as well, but everyone preferred the "racked" wings, because they were crispier). These taste fabulous, and with bleu cheese dressing, even better. This will be a regular sports-night meal....!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 9, 2010
Vegetarian Green Chile Stew
I made this for a new mom who was craving a "root vegetable stew" for a cold winter's night. Because she had a yen for something more than just potatoes, I used one potato, one sweet potato, one parsnip, and one rutabaga/turnip. No corn. I asked her to report back to me with a review: she said it was great, just what she wanted, nice spice level (used two cans, not three) and she threw in a can of drained chick peas with the leftovers because it worked for her! Thanks Mrs. Hinman!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2009

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