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Home Town: Gta, Ontario, Canada
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Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Hubby and I have 4 wonderful kids who fight over their veggies--what a blessing! New food is well received which is a bonus for me because I love to experiment. Cooking is an absolute joy, whether for my family or for a crowd.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking authentic Italian, Greek and other Middle Eastern type dishes. Seafood is popular in my home. So are spicy dishes. I prefer to cook and bake from scratch using fresh ingredients. It really does make a difference in taste.
My cooking triumphs
My very first turkey a number of years ago was a monstrous bird that my father-in-law won in a raffle and gave to us for Christmas dinner. I had always been accustomed to my mother-in-laws breast down turkeys, but I wanted to prepare a wonderful golden breast up turkey just like in the magazines and on TV. I researched proper preparation and cooking techniques, used my mother-in-laws awesome stuffing recipe, and waited ever so patiently with my husband for hours and hours and hours. Our parents were over for Christmas dinner...and waiting along with us...the darn thing was so huge it took forever. The results were absolutely spectacular. Golden, juicy, tasty, and the stuffing was just as good as mom's. She was so impressed with the breast up method and the flavour. My husband placed the bird on the table before carving, to take photos of me with it!!! He was so proud of me.
My cooking tragedies
Quite a few. Creme caramel that turned into a crystalized crunchy mess (was supposed to bring to a dinner party); a fig desert that I goofed up on and tried to remedy turned into an inedible mess; I dropped a pan of fully cooked lamb roast with potatoes onto the floor (forgot to put the oven mitts back on)--oh, I'm sure there have been more...that's all I can think of right now.
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
Nice. Similar to making a potato-leek soup or the base of a chowder. I tweaked this: No celery so I used celery salt. And I cringed when I saw the steps to use 2 pots so I did it all in one. Softened the onions in the butter, then added the flour to start the roux. Used a chicken stock and whisked in at this point, then added potatoes and ham to simmer. Also added diced carrots. Milk was added to simmer a few more minutes once the potatoes and carrots were tender. A nice option for using up leftover ham.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2015
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Perfect! Doubled recipe for 2 loaves. Excellent crumb. Added vanilla extract and baked at 350 for just over an hour as per other reviews. This will now replace all of my other pound cake recipes.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2014
Quinoa Tabbouleh
For my first time cooking quinoa I decided to make a tabouleh since my family likes it and it seemed to be an easy substitution. I found the quinoa made the salad lighter and easier to digest than with cousous or bulgur. This recipe was very good. I tend to use more parsley and add mint and a shake of dill to the dressing. I've never used carrots and may give it a try one day.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2011

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