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PolkaDot


PolkaDot
 
Home Town: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Sep. 20, 2010 7:39 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2010 6:54 pm
In my ongoing attempt to eat healthier and reduce my grocery bill, I have accumulated a bunch of recipes that are vegetarian or easily made so. I thought I’d post this on a Monday in case you need ideas for your Meatless Monday dinner tonight! What I like about these recipes is that they are… MORE
 
About this Cook
I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
Recipe Reviews 82 reviews
Cocktail Meatballs
I'd give the recipe as-is 4 stars but after adding a bit of extra lemon juice, cutting the brown sugar in half, and adding about a half teaspoon of Tabasco (enough to add some depth but not enough to make it spicy), the sauce was perfect! I doubled the recipe and added a couple cloves of garlic as well as some Worcestershire to the beef (because I don't think I've ever made anything with ground beef without garlic and Worcestershire). They were a hit, people were sopping up the sauce with bread and crackers after all the meatballs were gone!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2014
Country Sunday Breakfast Casserole
Good basic casserole recipe - next time I would skip the gravy mix because we all seasoned it with hot sauce and ketchup, I think it kind of masked the flavour. I would also increase the eggs so it wasn't so heavy on the sausage - maybe 10 eggs to 16 ounces of sausage. I added an onion and a clove of garlic to the sausage as it was browning, then browned the hashbrowns in the sausage grease. Very good - will definitely make again!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2014
Clone of a Cinnabon
Really delicious! I was worried there wouldn't be enough filling as I was assembling them but it turned out to be perfect after I baked it. I followed other users' advice and mixed the filling ingredients together and spread on the dough. I upped the butter a little to get it to mix properly but probably wouldn't again - it took some of that great chewiness out of the filling. I also turned the whole pan upside down when they came out of the oven so the drippings coated the buns and it was soooo much better. The frosting was tasty but there was a bit too much of it - I'd cut it in half next time. Will make again for sure!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
 
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