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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

Jan. 2, 2015 9:06 pm 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2015 10:07 am
Every year, as an avowed bibliophile, I try to find for my good wife, an assortment of great reads for Christmas. This year, for some reason, the pickings were slim so I set out find a cookbook for her.Now you must understand, my wife doesn't hate cooking, she has humble British roots and of… MORE
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Dec. 24, 2014 7:06 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2015 10:40 am
At last, the dog days of working so hard for well, everything, are coming to a close. I've 5 whole days off and I aim to use them well. Tomorrow of course is Christmas and after I decide on which kind of breakfast casserole I'll make, then its on to some pies for dessert tomorrow. I made the… MORE
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Dec. 13, 2014 2:25 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014 5:17 am
I guess one of the things I'd like my blog to be known for besides being a podium for blowhard histrionical complaining is as a springboard for championing new products and tastes. I love it when products turn out to be everything they've claimed and more.If you've read my stuff you know I'm a… MORE
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Nov. 30, 2014 10:57 am 
Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 9:45 pm
I've been in the construction trades for most of my life, in one capacity or another. As such, I've virtually dabbled with almost every discipline germane to the effort. One in particular that I've always enjoyed for various reasons, was wiring. The best part of wiring was seeing it all work… MORE
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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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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
Christmas. I like everything about that meal and every single year I aim to improve.
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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