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Jan. 25, 2014 10:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 6:40 am
Crazycook is watching a movie for the third time or so, and I'm sitting here chuckling to a few things...  "The Help" has all sorts of ideas about just how food should be prepared, how you should deal with loved ones, and not so loved ones...  For instance, when the "ladies" meet for bridge… MORE
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Jan. 11, 2014 10:23 am 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:17 pm
While this is not the best quality, it's the only way I've found (at this time,) to add a photo to a blog...  On the left is the "new" tapestry style fabric, and on the right a blue/yellow stripe right out of the '70s!  I like the new better, and bought extra yardage as to make other accent… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2014 10:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:25 pm
It's been a long time since I've been here, with the exception of the blog I just posted...  It was a foodie blog, this is just a catch up amongst friends...  I was touched that Judy commented on my December post, that she was concerned, as I'd been gone for so long!  Thanks, Judy!  I'm sure… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2014 9:29 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:34 pm
I've been a fan of eggs for as long as I can remember...  Mom used to soft boil an egg, and serve it with toast, cut into little strips for dipping into the yolk.  Of course, I was not that fond of the "white," but the yolk dripping off the buttered toast was divine! I don't remember just… MORE
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Dec. 20, 2013 10:18 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 3:58 am
I've spent way too many hours on the 'puter trying to track this song down!  I didn't know the name of the song, and was convinced that it was sung by a different artist.  While simply looking for some holiday music a while ago, I just stumbled across this!  Keep the tissues handy!!  Hope you… MORE
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Dec. 15, 2013 10:58 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013 8:23 am
My annual link to a beautiful Christmas song...  Listen and enjoy - I hope. MORE
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Dec. 14, 2013 11:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2013 8:17 am
It was a post or two ago, that I chatted about friend Deni providing me with what she called a "pie pumpkin."  I have since learned that they are also called New England Pie, or Small Sugar pumpkins.  Now, I'd never heard of any of these, nor can I say that I've ever seen one in a store... … MORE
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Dec. 6, 2013 11:08 pm 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2013 4:50 pm
If you've followed me at all, you've probably heard the name "Audie" in my ramblings - it is she who has brought 3 Afghan Hounds into our lives over the years.  We've become good friends, to say the least. It was last Sunday, Dec 1st, that she invited a number of her friends over for a dog… MORE
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Dec. 3, 2013 10:35 pm 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 10:23 pm
It was about 4 months ago that I was talking to my sis, when she suggested that perhaps our greyhound would take his meds (he's got Valley Fever...) if I wrapped the pills in a piece of "cheap" American cheese.  You know the stuff, made from veg. oil or such, and imitates Velveeta - probably… MORE
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Nov. 21, 2013 6:43 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2013 10:15 pm
It was just last week or so that Deni stopped by with some fresh veggies she'd picked up "cheap" and asked just what I might want, or need.  I accepted all that she had to offer, including the cutest little pumpkin I think I've ever seen!  Larger than the mini ornamental, but way smaller than… MORE
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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