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I live in beautiful south western Ontario close to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.  Gardening, especially herbs is one of my favourite summer past times and cooking is always a favourite past time.  There's nothing like cutting fresh herbs out of your garden as you are preparing a meal!  I Love to walk with my dogs, I sketch with pencil and charcoal and I also Love to read.  We took a cruise to Italy, Greece and Turkey last year and OMG ... the food we were able to try out ... simply delicious ... and the wine too!!  We have 4 Granddaughters with another baby on the way ... life is wonderful!

Some of the comfort foods that have memories for me that I Love to make are Spaghetti Sauces, Pate Chinois, Coq Au Vin, Ragout at Christmas time and of course Tortiere.  I like to try new recipes and different international recipes ... I even will make a new dish for the fist time when we're having company!!  My husband thinks it's a very brave thing to do but I am pretty confident in cooking ... baking is another story!! 

My Most Recent Ratings

?Cheryl's Fancy Pants Chicken

?Cheryl's Fancy Pants Chicken

Rating this a "5" ... even though I did not use an envelope of Lipton's Savory Herb & Garlic stuff ... I substituted it with my own fresh herbs, chopped up finely ... 2 tsp. thyme, 2 TBSP rosemary, 1 TBSP oregano, 1 cup parsley, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 chopped onion, a little salt and pepper. But I did follow the recipe other than not using the Lipton's and this recipe was yummy ... a keeper for sure! — TimGa 7/20/2014
Taco Meatloaf

Taco Meatloaf

This was good ... it could have been excellent ... I added an onion, green pepper, used shredded old cheddar mixed with a bit of shredded parmesan ... only used 1/2 packet of taco mix ... and used about 3 Tablespoons of Salsa (2 in the middle of the loaf and 1 on top of the loaf ... — SLCGUY 7/8/2014
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Love this recipe and it's so interchangeable with the ingredients ... thanx for sharing ... great for kids to help make and they enjoy them or great appetizer for guests ... — cariballardmerkel 3/2/2014
Creamy Bacon Cheddar Potato soup

Creamy Bacon Cheddar Potato soup

This soup was very good. I used 2 cloves of minced garlic instead of garlic salt and added it with the vegetables. Instead of adding flour I half mashed the potatoes when I was adding the milk and added 1-1/2 tbsp. of butter and the soup was plenty thick. It's a keeper and I will make it again. — amybarrette 3/2/2014
Pickled Eggs

Pickled Eggs

Being the Author of this recipe, I've used it for years and this is an excellent snack for a get together, whether it being playing cards with friends or family dropping by. These marinaded eggs are healthy, delicious and awesome! — summerpls 1/15/2014
Lamb Chops Herbed & Grilled for Two

Lamb Chops Herbed & Grilled for Two

Thanx Valerie … and it's a recipe for 2 … kind of a romantic meal … and it is super easy! — summerpls 1/15/2014
Baked Asparagus

Baked Asparagus

Very easy and I prefer my asparagus baked or pan fried as compared to boiling or steaming it! — jsvendblad 1/2/2014
garlic mashed potatoes

garlic mashed potatoes

Delicious … I cut down on the RoseMary to 1 Tbsp. … these potatoes have a very nice taste, they are creamy and the smell of the roasted garlic is totally awesome! — alice1 1/2/2014
Prime Rib with Garlic and Rosemary

Prime Rib with Garlic and Rosemary

I have finally added 3 pictures … they will make you want to cook up a Prime Rib tonight! — summerpls 1/2/2014
Beef Yakitori

Beef Yakitori

The only thing I have a problem with is that the calorie count on this says 801 calories per serving?? That figure has to be wrong. There is no way that a lean cut of beef marinated in these ingredients would have that's my calories per serving! — Firebyrd 8/9/2013
24-hour Omelet

24-hour Omelet

It actually looks great on paper and tastes delicious but Holy Calories and Fat content to one serving!! Used only half the cheddar cheese and added 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese. Also only used 5 whole eggs and the egg whites of the remaining 3. Seriously delicious. — ckhauffa 7/5/2013
Meatless Pizza Dip

Meatless Pizza Dip

Hello, I added this Dip Recipe and I truly hope you all enjoy it ~ — summerpls 6/22/2013
Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

This recipe is very similar to the recipe I have grown up with. The differences being that I deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup white wine before adding the tomato paste and I do not use the sherry or cognac. Also I switch up the sour cream with greek yogurt. Great recipe! — sgrishka 6/10/2013
Stuffed Pepper Cups

Stuffed Pepper Cups

Absolutely perfect! I've made Stuffed Peppers from other recipes and this one is my favourite! I did add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic to the meat mixture and 1 Cup Tomato Juice instead of water. Did not boil the Peppers as we like a little crunch to them and used tri-colours for the Peppers. Very Yummy! 4/8/2013
Boeuf Bourguignonne

Boeuf Bourguignonne

Great recipe ... mine is very similar, except I marinade the meat for 48 hours and add 1/4 cup cognac to the wine ... thanx — Astro-Chef 3/4/2012
Spaghetti Pie #1

Spaghetti Pie #1

Absolutely delicious ... no left overs ... not one bite! Thanx for sharing ... 11/6/2011
Philly Stuffed Mushrooms

Philly Stuffed Mushrooms

Delicious ... added some minced garlic, and 1 tblsp. breadcrumbs ... no matter how many I make there is never any leftovers ... — Pami 11/3/2011
Layered Zucchini Ground Beef Casserole

Layered Zucchini Ground Beef Casserole

I submitted this recipe ... also add the thyme at the same time as the other herbs (whoops!) — summerpls 10/30/2011
Potato-Leek Soup

Potato-Leek Soup

This soup was very good. It needed to be a little more spiced up so I added 1/8 tsp. cayenne, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard and 1 tsp. of thyme. I let the soup sit for an hour before I added 4 slices of cooked/crumbled bacon and the yogurt. Then I heated it back up (not to boiling) but almost and it was delicious ... Thank you Jsumme for the recipe ... my husband absolutely loved it! — Jsumme 10/2/2011
Rice with Spinach Herbs and Cheese

Rice with Spinach Herbs and Cheese

Yummy ... I did not add eggs and cooked the rice in chicken broth ... made a couple of changes ... 9/27/2011

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