Valerie Profile - (18628499)

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Home Town: Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada
Living In: Harrisville, New Hampshire, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Molly in the pond
About this Cook
Well I am a transplanted Canadian. I've lived in the US for 10 yrs now and I love it here. I think food is really my one true love. I've been cooking since I was 12 and over the last several years I have been trying to keep it healthy without sacrificing the satisfaction from a really good meal. I work full-time and am always looking for healthy, easy meals that I can prepare in less than an hour. My biggest challenge right now is cooking healthy meals for two. My New Year's resolution is to drop the extra wieght that my fiance and I have put on together and portion control is key.
My favorite things to cook
I love pastas, steaks and anything with chicken. The trick is keeping it new, tasty and healthy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sadly I don't really have any cooking traditions to share. I grew up in a meat and potatoes family where our vegetables came from a root cellar and our meat came from the woods. By moving so far away from my family I have missed out on many traditions and several of them are just not practical in this day and age, and are certainly not very good for my waistline.
My cooking triumphs
The most important moment to me after a meal is when my significant other says 'that was good honey' ... thats all that matters.
My cooking tragedies
No real tragedies so to speak. My weakness is baking, it always tastes wonderful, but its usually rather unattractive.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Greek Pasta Salad with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Peppers, and Feta
This is amazing! I am so glad I took the time to try this recipe. I made it to bring to a potluck so I grilled up the veggies and assembled the salad before we left. I ate a large amount of it before I even left the house. I did use a combination of garlic and lemon flavoured olive oils in the dressing and it gave it even more zip. I'm thinking next time I might grill up some fresh shrimp and serve it on the side instead of in the salad. I will definitely be making this again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2009
Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
I really liked this recipe but I have to confess I cheated. My local grocery store was out of orzo (all brands, if you can believe it) so I grabbed a box of rice pilaf to substitute, prepared it on the side and added it in after the chicken was cooked through. It was delicious and I will definitely make this again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 17, 2009
Massachusetts Straub Chili
I want to say this is a really great recipe but I made alot of changes to it. First I used a lb of ground turkey in place of the 1/2 lb of ground beef. I also added a sizable amount of chili powder and cumin, left out the italian seasoning, and added a package of chili seasoning. I left out the beef broth, I think it would have made it too soupy. I also used canned kidney beans. With all of these alterations, the recipe was awesome, my fiance and I both loved it.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2009

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