Hunter/Gatherer Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2011)

Hunter/Gatherer

 
Aug. 29, 2011 6:20 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2011 9:46 pm
This summer has been everything I didn't plan, and now it's over. I am unemployed, and school let out in May. I was going to paint my bedroom, sell (or at least organize) the oodles of baseball cards that were abandoned in my attic and spend time with my niece and nephews. I was going to have… MORE
 
 
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AZ

Member Since
Dec. 2007

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert

Hobbies
Quilting, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I love to garden, and I love to cook what's in my garden. I grew up vegetarian and went through many styles of diet until I ended up where I am today. I love vegetarian food, seafood and poultry. I love to try new things and every year in the garden I rearrange what I'm growing - one of these days I'll find the perfect balance for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake bread and desserts, and since the man joined me in the house with two crazy dogs, I get to bake a lot more. My friends and neighbors still end up the lucky recipients for anything he doesn't scarf down though. Cajun and southern food is a particular favorite, I never met a grit or a fricasee that I didn't LOVE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am the family baker, so I get to play around with desserts every year for all of the holidays. I am not allowed to skip the brandied pumpkin pies for thanksgiving or christmas, and we have to have lemon something for easter. I also make huge batches of apple butter every winter and that's become my favoite part of fall.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting Thanksgiving last year I served 12 with no assistance. I made the soup, rolls, salads, sides, turkey and desserts. It was a treat for me to be able to do that for my family instead of the normal potluck that we do. No one else had to lift a finger and I got to do what I love!
My cooking tragedies
I have a few, but last year's jalapeno fume cloud takes the cake. I was making a jalapeno pickling liquid and forgot to turn the vent fan on. I ended up having the get my dog and leave the house for several hours while the vapors diminished! Thank goodness I did not throw the habaneros in the pot too!
 
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