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May 24, 2010 11:01 am 
Updated: May 25, 2010 9:06 pm
This is the tale of a dusty little desert town.... Once upon a time, there was in New Mexico, a sleepy little town called Las Cruces. The town was named after a burial site that had three crosses marking the graves. No one remembers who was buried there so long ago, but they may have MORE
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May 17, 2010 1:20 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010 7:35 am
We were so excited when the FedEx truck pulled up in front of the house.  Our resident Chef, Juan Carlos, hurried out the front door to greet the famous and well-loved Chef Luigi.          After chatting for a few minutes, Juan Carlos  presented Chef Luigi  with a poncho to match… MORE
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Juan Carlos presents Luigi with a matching poncho!
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Apr. 15, 2010 5:20 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 8:53 am
 Who knew that a Rotisserie Chicken from Sam’s Club (or any grocery store/supermarket) could cause me to write a blog? I have discovered that for a $4.99 chicken, I can make and serve at least three meals for two or more people.  Let’s start with the chicken right out of the… MORE
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Feb. 12, 2010 9:00 am 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2010 1:22 pm
25 + 1 Uses for Coffee Filters 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect by separating your good dishes with… MORE
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Dec. 30, 2009 7:20 am 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2010 3:44 pm
E  What I have learned….. As the end of 2009 draws near, I’m remembering what I have learned on this year.  Some good, some bad, some funny, some sad….some actually about cooking and food related topics!  I’ve learned that not all people read a… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2009 8:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2011 12:35 pm
  Here are some sweet thoughts for you - print this and.....     ON THANKSGIVING DAY… Put this on your counter And as you cook  today Remember all the great friends That AR’s bought your way. I know that my life’s better For having you to share The good,… MORE
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Nov. 4, 2009 11:27 am 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2009 6:44 am
  I have always loved Thanksgiving.  It’s less hectic for me than Easter and less commercialized than Christmas.  It’s a time for good friends, family and of course - FOOD!  This year I have much to be thankful for – a very patient husband, a new kitchen, good… MORE
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Sep. 2, 2009 8:17 am 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2009 2:00 pm
I have discovered that the friends I’ve made on AR are truly the salt of the Earth….and as some of them are also a bit fruity, I’ve created a recipe in their honor.  I even decided at the last minute to add nuts for a few of you.  (You know who you are…)  Enjoy! MORE
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Aug. 11, 2009 2:33 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2009 9:27 am
Dreamsicle Shooters  (swchef) This refreshing bite-size treat is great in the summer, but delicious any time of the year. Prep Time: 1 hour 30 Cook Time: 25-30 minutes Ready In: 3 hours  (give or take) INGREDIENTS: 1 (18.25 ounce) package orange cake mix OR 1… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2009 5:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2009 6:37 am
“Julie & Julia” – MY Blog I was excited – a movie about cooks and cooking, with Meryl Streep…I could hardly wait!    Wait:  why not get a bunch of friends together, I thought, and see the movie as a group?  And why not have refreshments at my house… MORE
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About Me
Married w/ pets + three kids and six grandkids. Retired after 30 years of teaching grades K-7. Moved to NM 10 years ago. Loved it there. Moved back to Ohio to be closer to family.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups. Chili, beef vegetable, ham and bean,and tortilla soups are our favs. I like casseroles - one dish dinners are the best! I think the slow cooker is about the best cooking aid in my kitchen. I love to try new recipes, that's what makes this a super website; that and all the cool contributors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything I did with my grandmother! Thanksgiving at Grandma's house was the best. She wanted to do it all - and she was a great cook. Making taffy with her was such a treat! I remember the first time she made pizza (from a box). She wasn't too sure about pizza! But in the mid 1950's, none of us midwesterners were too sure about pizza!
My cooking triumphs
When I was 13, I entered seven different baked goods (mostly cakes) in open class at the fair, competing against adult cooks with great records. I took first place with all but one entry, which got a second place ribbon.
My cooking tragedies
Looking back over the years, my biggest tragedy was making gravy...but thanks to CindyLepp, it is no longer a challenge! She sent me packets of dry gravy mixes!
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