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    Marianne Cote

    Member since Jun 2012

    Chef #2292208

    From Canada

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    About Me

    I love life and I love good food!

    I have been vegetarian for 11 years. I also enjoy eating and sharing yummy food with family, friends, and coworkers - almost none of whom are vegetarian.  Over the years, I've come up with recipes that everyone, veggie-and-non-veggie alike, can enjoy.  I aim for vegetarian recipes which taste so good, you can enjoy them even if you aren't vegetarian.

    I aim for very nutritious, wholesome recipes, based around whole natural ingredients, especially vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.  These ingredients tend to be some of the most economical foods to eat as well.

    In the past couple of years, my husband has chosen to eliminate alcohol, onions, and garlic from his diet.  Eliminating onions and garlic from my recipes was a challenge, and I do not understand the reasons for it, despite my repeated attempts.  If finding vegetarian recipes my meat-loving family enjoys wasn't hard enough, imagine removing the flavour of garlic as well.  Interestingly though, I think my cooking skills have expanded because of this challenge.  I was challenged to find flavours to replace the onions and garlic, and I ended up learning to make my own salad dressings, fajita and taco seasonings, soup broth base, etc.  I now prefer my homemade salad dressings over any I've ever bought from a store, and my grocery bill has gone down.  We are also eating almost no chemical preservatives at all, since processed foods are almost eliminated when you stop eating onions and garlic.

    My recipes are mostly adaptations from favourite recipes I found on online recipe sites, especially food.com.  I learned to cook vegetarian as a young adult, living with my now-husband, and recipe foodsites were my main source of recipes.  I changed the recipes slightly based on personal taste, availability of ingredients in my kitchen the day I was trying out a new recipe, and more recently, to omit onions and garlic.  When a recipe is a near copy-cat of someone else's recipe,  I try to give due credit.

    I hope you enjoy my recipes :-).

    Good eating!

    ~Marianne


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