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Mad Cook

Mad Cook
Home Town: London, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Shorewood, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books
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Last minutes Spare Ribs
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Alfredo
Cranberry Salad
Crab Snack on Bagel
Meat Loaf Pie
Artichoke Salsa
Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
Simple Garbanzos
About this Cook
I am a cooking fanatic. I have five children. I'm from a German family and was raised in Canada, my family are from-scratch cooks, so I've adapted to rich meaty foods with a flair of french-canadian sauces and combined flavors. I am willing to try anything once and often never use accurate measurements and stray from the usual with my own substitutions and additions. I seem to have good luck.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy to cook meats. I'm big on scratch marinades, sauces and seasonings. I'm usually pretty good at baking, but don't do a lot of it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has always been known for their ability to cook. We enjoy providing dishes for potlucks and parties and always having guests comment and ask for recipes. We never bring home a dish half eaten and there have been several moments where friends and family members have almost come to blows over portion equality.
My cooking triumphs
In 2002 my two foster sisters (non-cooks) volunteered to feed a meal for a big event for 120+ homeless. I offered my help before hand but they said they could handle it. They soon found themselves in deep water, so I came across town at 10pm the night before to help. After staying up with them all night until 3am, with my instructions we had finished with 3 scratch lasagnes, a 50 pound pot of chilli, 3 large bean and pasta salads, home made applesauce and something I call Mexican Macaroni. I didn't attend the dinner myself but I heard it recieved rave reviews and the only items that were brought back from the event was the macaroni salad that the oldest sister attempted to make with thousand island dressing and the jello/whip cream desert that the youngest sister made. I felt kind of bad for my sisters, but was very proud of my success at a last minute rush to feed over a hundred people.
My cooking tragedies
Hrm, I don't have many. Just a short while ago I tried to make some pancakes and bacon for my kids and my husband before we had to rush out to an important roadtrip. I ended up burning all the food, so we had to run through the McDonalds Drive-Thru and get some greasy fast food that tasted really good. So far, I haven't food poisoned myself or anyone else.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Alfredo
I followed this recipe but took the review that indicated a lesser cook time. I cooked the chicken for 2.5 hours and then 1 hour with the cream cheese addition. I think my chicken ended up a *tiny* bit over cooked after that! So next time I would cook it even less. HOWEVER -- I must say I really enjoyed the sauce that turned out after the chicken was off the plate. The cream cheese/cream of chicken soup/garlic/mushroom/italian seasonings made a fantastic white sauce for the pasta. I'd make that without the chicken, just combine the ingredients in a small crock and heat for an hour or so and pour it over the noodles!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2010
Deb's Cranchick Salad
This salad was very delicious. We added extra cranberries and put in some wonderful sweet red apple pieces. Every flavor was balanced out and the balsamic vinegar really made it pop. I would definately service this again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2009
Carrot Cake III
This was excellent!!!! I followed all the user recommendations and made so much we were feasting for days!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2009
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