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Kitchen Wisdom - From Stockpots to Rolling Pins

Kitchen Wisdom - From Stockpots to Rolling Pins 
Jan. 27, 2013 3:48 pm 
Updated: Jan. 27, 2013 8:31 pm
I suppose some resolutions are better late than never.  And so it is with this entry.  Hopefully, I can keep things a little interesting.  This is not self-indulgence on my part.  Having been reading and watching what you all have been doing on this terrific site, I've decided to hop on the AR wagon.  I'll try to be a productive contributor.  In equal amounts I'm hoping to learn a lot, as well!

Quite often I'm asked if I prefer to bake or cook. Undeniably, I like to do both.  I look at "cooking" to be all inclusive.  If I'm going to have a dinner party, I'll be making the drinks, the appetizer, and cooking the main course.  And what kind of hostess would I be without a homemade dessert to present afterwards?  Even if everyone is stuffed, I've made the effort and they can take theirs home in a Gladware container.  So I've cooked AND baked.  

It is said that life is about the journey, not the destination.  Through all of the overcooked roasts, the dry turkeys, the sunken cakes and fallen souffles, there is one thing that can be said.  I've enjoyed every trial and error.  I've also enjoyed the successes and rewards.  I give much credit to my family and friends who have weathered the outcomes. We all have to start somewhere. I used to stress out at the mere thought of having guests for dinner.  Now it's a pleasure.  

So with that said, I look forward to getting to know all of you, and will be asking a lot of questions. You'll get my two cent reviews as well.  For now, I would like to invite you to my recipe box and check out three of my personal recipes I recently posted and let me know what you think.  

Thanks for allowing me in to your world.   

Jan. 27, 2013 6:57 pm
I can't wait to try your recipe for the creme de menthe pie. It looks similar to one my mom used to make and i LOVED it! BTW...we lived in Tehachapi for 30 years, but I only got as far as SE Oregon, not quite to Salmon Idaho. ..but shop in Nampa/Boise...does that count?
Jan. 27, 2013 8:31 pm
Wow! We were practically neighbors. I have great memories of my dad taking me to Tehachapi during the fall for apple cider. My mother still lives in Lancaster and I go when I can. Love the shopping in Boise! Thanks for the reply. Hope you get a chance to try the cheesecake!
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About Me
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
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