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Living In: Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Member Since: Jul. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I don't really have formal culinary training, other than the fact that I took cook training and home ec. in high school... that was basically making sandwiches and weird dishes that no one liked.. I've always been curious about cooking. I wanted to learn how to make my dad's amazing spaghetti sauce, how my mom makes her delicious bread, and how my siblings make their favorite dishes, and I've been goin' ever since! I like to put my own twist on things and I like experimenting. Food brings people together and my favorite is when people sit down to your food and let out a "MMMMM!!" I love making people happy with food. It's surprising how many people don't cook at home or haven't had a homecooked meal in years! So all of those people end up at my place, where I cook or bake up a storm! :D I love learning new things and this website is definitely helping me and FAST! I've used MANY recipes from this site and can't wait to share the love with my friends and family!
My favorite things to cook
I just made DELICIOUS meatloaf yesterday, it's definitely one of my favorite things to make now. It's pretty easy and I puree veggies into it so my roommate gets his vitamins! haha! I like making cookies, breads and LOVE cooking breakfasts on Sundays (my day off). I love making eggs in a basket with some veggies on the side for a quick breakfast or lunch. I love making things that use fresh ingredients, no preservatives and try to make substitutions for refined flour and sugars. Eventually, I would like to learn how to make gluten-free and vegan recipes. :) As for experimenting, I have made candied bacon chocolate chip cookies, bacon sushi, bacon scones.. BRING on the bacon! Haha! It's a wonder how I'm not 300 pounds!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is no traditional family. All of my immediate family that live in Vancouver work in kitchens (including me, but we're more heat and serve). My brother and sister have taken formal culinary training (brother is still in school) and LOVE to cook. My sister is amazing at making gluten-free and vegan recipes, she is very accommodating to her friends! Haha. She has her own blog www.iheartbigflavour.com We all like to get together on the holidays, my brother and sister make dinner (I try to help), and we all watch movies, talk and eat. And dance! Can't forget about all the dancing! My favorite family cooking tradition as of late was when we made sushi together. We brainstormed all of these crazy ingredients, went shopping and put everything together. Some we'll make again, some we will never ever do again! Haha!
My cooking triumphs
I roasted and carved a chicken for the first time last week, by myself! It was AMAZING!!!! I learned how to carve it on youtube. You can learn anything on that site!!! I LOVE baking. I'm getting better at it everytime, and I do tend to get a little obsessed with it and make dozens of batches and share it with friends and family. For example, last Christmas, I made shortbread cookies with mini peanut butter cups and mini caramel kisses and people went CRAZY over them! I was so happy! I recently learned how to make banana loaf and blueberry lemon loaf. I went with the traditional recipes, then put spins on them. Banana loaf turned into banana chocolate chip loaf with chopped reese's peanut butter cups on top, and the lemon blueberry loaf turned into an amazing whole wheat cake with fresh lemons and organic blueberries.. lovely!! I also learned that the drop cookie method makes all of your cookies uniform! For some reason, I thought all cookies had to be rolled into balls. Weird!
My cooking tragedies
There was the time I tried to make pizza pretzels when I was 12 but it rose way too high and turned into bread. Still good though! I tried to make pancake covered bananas the other day. In theory, it sounded brilliant. In theory. I expected them to be yummy and crispy, like pancakes are when you fry them... not THIS batch! Gloopy, messy, undercooked. Never again! Haha!! Everything else, I have blocked out! hahaha What can you learn from your tragedies? That you can make them into triumphs for next time!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
This recipe was GREAT! I just made some to use for a cornbread stuffing, but couldn't resist having a square to myself, it smelled SO good!!! I DID reduce the sugar a little, but other than that, this recipe is a winner! Thanks for sharing! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2012
Simple 'N' Delicious Chocolate Cake
I was so excited to make this cake. I have company coming over tomorrow and like to make cupcakes the night before and frost them the day of. I followed the instructions to a T and what came out was very disappointing. I love coffee, I love chocolate, but what came out of that oven tasted like neither of those two things. The batter tasted great, no complaints there... but when I pulled the tins out of the oven, the cupcakes were black as night and had a very.... filmy taste to them. I read all of the reviews before I made them, used piping hot coffee instead of cold.. did that have an effect on the way they turned out?? Anyway, very disappointed. I've been using this site for months and this is the first recipe I've used that turned out different than expected.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2012
Ellen's Lemon Zucchini Bread
This was a huge hit! I used half whole wheat flour and half white flour, substituted applesauce for vegetable oil, threw in a grated carrot along with the zucchini and reduced the sugar by 1/4 of a cup. I also used the juice of 1 lemon and grated some lemon zest into the batter. I cut it into slices and when I went to get more to put it onto a platter for a little social gathering, I noticed it was all gone! Great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2011
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