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Crystal G.

Crystal G.
Home Town: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2012
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a retired teacher who loved teaching but loves being retired too. I love to paint, draw and sew. So much to little time.
My favorite things to cook
Well my goodness! Things have changed so much since I started to cook as a teen. Back then so many foods were fried, we ate liver every week and a vegetable could be a small bowl of canned tomatoes. I laugh when I go to a restaurant and read "wedge salad" on the menu. My mom worked from 9 to 6 five days a week and 9 to 9 on Fridays. A "wedge" of lettuce with a dab of Miracle Whip on it was all the salad we had time to make. I like to make meals that are healthy, tasty and portion conscious for the two of us ol' retired people. But I always have my eyes open for interesting things to serve when the whole family comes home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother-in-law's baked beans. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and canned peas (comfort food). My grandmother's Mac and cheese. My Mom's Cookies and squares.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagne.... Devilled eggs. Yep.. That's about it! The rest is satisfactory but not stellar.
My cooking tragedies
Any big cuts of meat, chickens, turkeys etc. Hubbie does those.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicken Florentine Casserole
I thought this was a very good recipe although I did make a few alterations. I used 6 chicken breast halves for 6 people (in hindsight 4 would have been plenty) and cut them into big cubes. I didn't cook them ahead of time but put them raw on top of the veg and I doubled the sauce. I used two 'boxes' of organic baby spinach but it sure didn't look like much when slightly cooked so I added one big head of broccoli cut into tiny florets. I made my own Italian seasoning from a recipe on this website and had to cook it longer to get the chicken cubes in the centre of the pan cooked. I kept a close eye on it after 45 minutes to be sure the chicken was not overlooked. We served it on gluten-free penne pasta with a tossed salad. I kept all the ingredients (except for the broc) and proportions the same so the changes I made didn't really change the flavour or tone of the recipe but just made it easier to prepare.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2015
Classic Meatloaf
Great recipe except for the cooking time. I have been making meatloaf like this for years. Sometimes I use other vegetables like sweet potatoes or zucchini. I don't really think you can get the veg fine enough by chopping (unless you plan to chop for AGES). Before I had a food processor I used to grate them. Also if you use oatmeal instead of the bread crumbs it becomes Gluten Free.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2015
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
I make a similar recipe but instead of the mini-pb cup I just put about a teaspoon of milk choc chips in the hollow of the cookie and put a cookie sheet over top for a few minutes until they melt. Then, depending on how energetic I am, I might put in a dab of real PB and swirl it a bit with a sharp knife. Then a salted shelled peanut on the top lets consumers know that these are not a peanut-free treat. Since I pretty well always have choc chips on hand this treat is one I can easily whip up if I need a quick, sweet treat for something special. I have never found anyone who didn't love them.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2012

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