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May 6, 2010 7:07 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2010 9:08 am
Tonight I dined alone on my Singaporean dinner...Bob's throat is too raw from radiation to be able to eat even boiled chicken. Poor guy. He tried, he really did. I wanted to show you all the fish he bought me at the farmer's market last weekend...I thought it was pretty imaginative and cute, MORE
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May 2, 2010 7:47 am 
Updated: May 21, 2010 10:53 am
I have fiddled around with idea of writing a different kind of blog for quite some time now. I've been curious as to what gives some of our local craftspeople their inspiration for doing what they do. I recently discovered a hidden treasure right under my nose here in town that MORE
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Apr. 29, 2010 5:40 pm 
Updated: May 6, 2010 11:30 am
Tonight was all about Japan! I thought I would post an update picture on my recycled container garden which is growing by leaps and bounds...if everything produces, I'll have fresh produce coming out my ears!! I have tomatoes, peppers...several kinds, parsley, cilantro, mint, dill, mixed let MORE
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Apr. 22, 2010 7:25 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2010 7:14 pm
First off, I have to apologize if this blog is lame...I'm exhausted! I've been up at 4 am every morning all week. I have to take Bob to meet his shuttle van by 6 am and I'm the type of person who, once I'm up, I'm up. Tonight was our Swedish dinner: Swedish Meatballs II, Hasselback Potatoes MORE
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Apr. 19, 2010 6:15 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2010 7:16 pm
Bob made it through his first day of radiation and he's ok...mouthy as ever! But this blog is not about Bob, What About Bob, or any of that!! Scroll down to see what I saw this morning! So exciting!! This is my mixed lettuce that I planted 5 days ago and it's already sprouting!! It's all dif MORE
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Apr. 15, 2010 5:56 pm 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2010 9:04 am
   Tonight was a food trip to Portugal! I have to say if I can actually visit there before I die, I will die happy! Bob helped me a little with some of the harder stuff tonight, so we need to give him a round of applause, I'll get that in a minute. Yesterday, I got a goo MORE
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Apr. 14, 2010 8:38 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 5:24 am
Just another random picture blog...I've been practicing some new things with my camera and I hope you enjoy them! It's rare to see a group of hunting osprey, such as these, flying over the Columbia, fishing. I like how the reflection got caught on the kitty's face...kind of weird! Of co MORE
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Apr. 10, 2010 8:21 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Hi, everyone! Bob and I have been talking it over and since he is set to start radiation in less than 2 weeks, he'll be out of commission for a while. So we mulled it over and decided to let you all be involved in this project to an extent.  There is going to come a time, after a few… MORE
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Apr. 8, 2010 4:26 pm 
Updated: Sep. 13, 2010 12:53 am
Today, Bob & I ventured off to Argentina in search of the perfect steak, and we may have just come close to it. I have made steaks with chimichurri sauce before, so I used my own recipe for the marinade. All the marinades that I looked at on AllRecipes called for parsley, but I watched a MORE
Apr. 3, 2010 8:57 am 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2010 8:56 am
I see a bad moon rising...I see trouble on the way... I see earthquakes and lightening....I see bad times today... Don't go around tonight...It's bound to take your life...There's a bad moon on the rise... I see hurricanes a'blowing...I know the end is comin' soon... I fear ri MORE
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About Me
I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States