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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

Sep. 1, 2014 11:03 am 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2014 8:00 pm
I have a niece who is extraordinarily gifted but not well heeled. She is saving to go to university and to that end has entered a contest of sorts that will reap her a 400$ win if by Sept 13th, she garners more votes for her piano playing efforts than others garner for theirs. She was in the… MORE
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Aug. 10, 2014 9:47 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 8:43 am
Despite my penchant for needling the Allstars when they're reveiwing the sponsoring product of the month, I do in fact get all excited and frothy at the mouth when I come across a product that exceeds my expectations in every way. Not only that I can get a tad vociferous about it. ( There! I… MORE
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Jul. 25, 2014 9:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 5:24 am
I've been thinking about this blog subject for some time. Hospital food as a rule has garnered a reputation for being tasteless and boring. The subject of many jokes and a long running cause of many a long face on folks having to stay in hospitals. My only stay in a hospital occurred back in… MORE
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Jul. 6, 2014 9:21 pm 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 7:45 pm
No not cooking oil. The other kind, the goop from which springs forth the lives we lead, even Petey's. As of late, I seem to be coming across more and more opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline that recently acheived federal approval, That disapproval that I'm seeing has extended itself… MORE
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Jul. 1, 2014 11:31 am 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2014 8:24 pm
I've a day off and like the old adage reads, idle hands do the devils work... So I'm basically killing time, I've put things in order, folded and put away my clothes, did the dishes, drank a pot of coffee. I may do some sewing later. Ooops, I let one out didn't I but it brings up the question,… MORE
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Jun. 9, 2014 9:41 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 11:01 pm
The other night I prepared some carrots. Usually I steam them, add a little butter, s&p, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a good dash of nutmeg. Seeing as how I'm at my away bunk, I'm a tad limited on my spices but I'm building. I had no nutmeg so I used cardamom and nope, that didnt work very… MORE
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May 30, 2014 12:20 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2014 7:50 am
Ok Montreal got beat. Go New York!!Meanwhile I mentioned in my last blog that I'd made a jambalaya and that got all eaten up. It was so good in fact that I made another at my work site accommodation and chowed down on that for a few days. Coming home, I set out to make a delicious dinner, … MORE
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May 14, 2014 9:29 pm 
Updated: May 22, 2014 12:28 pm
Of course I'm referring to the Montreal Canadiens hockey club, now one of the final four vying for the Stanley Cup. I suppose to a lot of you, a post about a sports team, especially hockey, will seem like a post about soccer would to me. I scratch my head and walk away thinking, how can… MORE
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Mar. 30, 2014 10:27 am 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 10:18 pm
Perhaps it should be titled, The Internet Foolies. Ok, I'm 3 for 3. A few months ago, I downloaded a pool game onto my Iphone and I'm somewhat addicted to it. The only problem with the game is that it's immensely popular and a consequence of that is that the games server overloads… MORE
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Mar. 24, 2014 11:03 pm 
Updated: Mar. 29, 2014 5:32 pm
I was asked by AR to delete my shilling references from my Mazolaoids blog. I've done so. I didn't get back to this til a couple of days ago, and was really surprised at the hullaballoo this blog caused. In a way I'm delighted because my primary goal was to just get some of the Allstars to… MORE
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About Me
Let's see, in keeping it to a subject, at age 22 I had a filet doused in Bernaise sauce aboard a train. That was it, I was hooked on fine food. Living in a small town necessitates learning to cook well to maintain that stellar menu.
My favorite things to cook
Oh man, only a thousand characters? My favorite things to cook are items that make YOU happy. I'll try anything and thus far it would be far easier to list those things I don't like than those I do. So far, I hate Cilantro and I'm allergic to green chiles. It's a short list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Christmas dinner. Usually in December, sometimes early January. I've a waiting list of people who wish to be invited. Alas, I've only a service for 10. We're talking silver, Noritake, crystal stemware, crisp linens, fine wines paired appropriately and a menu that's usually derived from a theme.
My cooking triumphs
Every smile, every gasp of delight, every accolade, such sweet victory!
My cooking tragedies
A Cioppino recipe I found here. I served it as part of one of those Christmas dinners and the cod was a poor choice. It was terrible, ghastly fishy taste. I've since learned a thing or two about freshness in fish. Prior to that, hmm perhaps when I was 10, I made a spice cake that called for whole cloves....hey, that's what it said on the outside of the bottle, whole cloves....
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