MIKALA79 Profile - Allrecipes.com (18780026)

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Home Town: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a 32 year old mom of a 5 year old boy named Echo and his sister, 10 month old Trinity. I've been married to my husband, Gord, for almost 4 years. I used to watch cooking shows before they became popular - the one I remember most was called "Cooking with Biba" - she was a cute little Italian woman. I remember when the Food Network came out, I thought they designed the channel just for me! I almost went to culinary school when I was 22, but chickened out. I love all aspects of food - eating, cooking, reading recipes. I definitely consider myself a foodie.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican is my favourite kind of cuisine to cook. I like the idea of making things from scratch or "homemade" from whipped cream, to hummus, cakes to perogies! Every day I become more adventurous and try more difficult recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I bake a special cake for my son every year on his birthday. I love to make homemade stuffing or dressing with a turkey (I grew up eating the boxed stuff!). We are a new family, so I'm just starting traditions. I look forward to when my children are big enough to help me with our favourite dishes!
My cooking triumphs
perogies from scratch; homemade gnocchi; my first turkey; my son's lego birthday cake; roasted duck; homemade pizza; Indian spiced chicken wings (my own recipe!); beef vindaloo with homemade naan bread
My cooking tragedies
I try to pick recipes that I know I'll be able to handle, so I haven't had any major tragedies yet! I do remember a green chili sauce I made once for echiladas that went straight into the garbage! oh, and burnt cinnamon buns!! at least they were made from scratch! haha, funny to read this - I tried gnocchi again a little while ago and they were awful! oh well, try and try again!
Recipe Reviews 102 reviews
Caramel Cream Sandwich Cookies
This cookie is amazing! The only thing I would change next time is to leave out the extra 1/4 cup of flour and I did add a bit of salt to the dough. I thought marblel sized balls would be too small, but they make for a perfect bite sized delight! for the filling I had leftover caramel I made for another recipe so I just used that mixed with icing sugar. I will definitely be making this cookie a new holiday tradition in our house!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2013
English Muffins
These looked like english muffins on the outside, but the inside was just a regular bun texture. An english muffin should have lots of nooks and crannies. This was an ok bun recipe, but by no means is it even close to an english muffin.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2013
Indian Naan II
I've tried a few recipes for naan and this one is my favorite (next to the real thing made in our favorite Indian restaurant!). The yogurt gives it a nice tang and great texture. I make the dough in my bread machine, then grill it as the recipe says. yum yum!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2012

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