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Mel Bedore

Mel Bedore
Home Town: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert
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About this Cook
I live in Kingston, Ontario Canada with my partner Cory, our cat Chester and dog, Sweets. While studying towards my bachelor's and master's degrees, cooking and baking grew to be some of my favourite passtimes, and now I love to try new recipes, perfect the old, browse through cookbooks, bake delicious things and decorate EVERYTHING!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite foods to cook and bake reflect my own tastes: I enjoy baking both easy and complex deserts, decorating things according to season, holiday or a new skill I'm eager to try out. I also love carb-rich foods like sweet potatoes, yeast and quick breads, plus salads and other vegetable dishes. My all-time favourite foods are fruit, and I eat a bunch everyday!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a regular Martha and is a queen of domestic trades. In my own way, I'm following in her footsteps of wanting to host and entertain people during the holidays with big delicious meals, plus do lots of baking for food gifts. Like my mom, I love to volunteer dishes for any function and look forward to potlucks to show off my skills!
My cooking triumphs
Happily, lots so far. For my birthday two years ago, I hosted a big buffet meal for friends. Last Christmas I attempted to temper chocolate and made over 100 filled chocolates for food gifts. This past summer, I won some ribbons for baking at our local fair. This past Thanksgiving, I hosted my first holiday meal for my in-laws with deboned turkey and all the fixings and tons of deserts. I've also become well-known in my family for certain dishes like chocolate truffles, while my "peanut butter balls" satisfy my picky nephews. While taking a just-for-fun course at the local culinary institute, I am expanding my tastes and skill base into meats, soups, fish and lots more. In a few weeks, I'm hosting my first cookie exchange party, it should be a blast, and another time to feed my friends delicious food!
My cooking tragedies
Sadly, since I don't eat much meat, it's hard for me to show an interest in new types of meat and new cooking methods. I am trying to develop my instincts for cooking meat for my partner, though. And also, I have chronic troubles with over- or underbaking cookies, I seem to have a hard time gauging their done-ness. Yet still I persist. Sigh.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Chicken Tikka Masala
Mmm, so good! I entertained with this dish twice in two weeks, and it was an impressive hit. You can eyeball the ingredients and adjust easily for larger crowds. For the cream sauce, I used a large can of diced tomatoes with half-and-half, and it was delicious. Even without all the spices listed (no ginger), it was delicious with many layers of spices going on without being "hot spicy". The yogurt marinade was very fast to make and makes the chicken so tender and tasty! Also, I don't own a grill, so I just heated up the frying pan and placed the chicken pieces in there until they were cooked through. Served on top of white rice, it was very filling. Thank you so much!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2006
Kitty Litter Cake
As with other posters, this cake was the Hallowe'en highlight at my office last year. People were howling with laughter and wincing with disgust. Only a few braves males (plus me!) tried it, a few took pictures, definitely a hit. And it tasted great, and the leftovers lasted FOREVER! Definitely try this--even when baked in a normal cake pan without plastic liner, the effect is unforgettable and will become the stuff of legend!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2006
Dump Bars
This recipe has a permanent place in my recipe holder. Even when my family was in the process of moving, I could fix up a pan of these for a craving, because the ingredients are so simple. I've also decorated a pan as a cemetary for hallowe'en, with short bread tombstones. Versatile easy recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2006

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