LilSnoo Profile - (1546014)


Home Town: Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Nov. 4, 2012 7:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012 9:07 pm
We don't normally celebrate Halloween at our house, since we don't have kids and we're usually invited elsewhere for parties. This year, I decided to spice things up a bit and make a couple Halloween treats and invite some friends over.  It really didn't take much planning at all, and before… MORE
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About this Cook
I'm a 40 yr old foodie currently living in Aurora, IL. I'm very fortunate that I have plenty of friends and family who will try everything I make, and I'm constantly using them as my guinea pigs. I was born and raised in Canada by French Canadian parents. I grew up eating a lot of French Canadian foods, and I just love getting back home to Canada to taste mom's delicious cooking She has always inspired me to cook.
My cooking triumphs
Planning and making a 6-course meal for business associates who were in town. Not only was this the most time-consuming meal I've ever made, it was my first time meeting all of them in person! Stressful day, but a huge success!
My cooking tragedies about reaching into the oven to take out the Thanksgiving turkey and having the cheap pan collapse, dumping the hot turkey and scorching liquids onto my bare feet. YEEEE-OUCH!
Recipe Reviews 272 reviews
Garlic Spinach Soup
Excellent! I admit I was a little scared of 3 tbsp of ginger, but it really does mellow out so go for the full amount. This fits perfectly into my diet - low calorie and low carb with a good amount of protein. I ended up adding an extra 2 cups of broth because the soup was really thick. Even then, this definitely is not 8 servings (unless you're planning on tiny bowls). I'd say this is 4 servings if you want a decent-sized portion - so 210cals. Still very healthy! The flavor was good as written, but i then added some sliced green onion for garnish and a couple dashes of fish sauce. This would also be excellent with a squirt of lime juice, or some thinly sliced jalapeno. Yum!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2015
Quinoa Chicken
I loved this, so much so that I ended up having 2 servings. I scaled down the recipe to 4 servings (since I only had 1lb of ground chicken and 1 can of Rotel), but followed the recipe exactly. Super easy to make, very healthy, high protein and definitely hits the spot. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare ground chicken. I'll be making this one often. I suggest adding salt and pepper while browning the meat to really bring out the flavors. For those saying it's bland...try salt! It does wonders. I can't wait to have this for lunch tomorrow! Yum! EDITED TO ADD: Yup, just as delish the next day! I'm thinking this would be excelled stuffed into a pita, or as a filling for stuffed peppers.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2015
Simple Kale Salad
The flavor is definitely tasty, and yes it does have a kick! The execution, however, is lacking. The dressing isn't really's a thick guacamole-like consistency. I highly recommend NOT using coconut oil. The reason: you have to melt the oil to get it into a liquid consistency. As soon as you add in your lime juice (if it was kept in the fridge), the whole thing firms/seizes right up because the lime juice is cold. I had to thin the dressing with about 2tbsp of warm water to get it to a manageable consistency again. And then, even if I had started with room temp lime juice, once I mixed the dressing into the salad and it came into contact with the cold kale and cucumber, it clumped right back up. The result was a curdled-looking "dressing". Not pretty. While the coconut oil adds a nice flavor, it just isn't practical in this recipe and I would recommend using olive oil or another neutral oil instead. Also, I prefer to "massage" the kale for a few minutes by rubbing it between my fingers to soften it up a bit - unless you like tough kale. I might play with this recipe a bit to get it to my liking. Thank you for sharing your recipe bmwmom.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2015
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