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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, Pickled Fresh Cucumbers and Swedish Cream with Summer Berries.
I took this picture of Puppa and shared it with you all because he is just ridiculous. You don't think he's content, do you??? Crazy dog!
Sweden is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe. It has land borders with Norway and Finland and maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. It's connected with Denmark by a tunnel-bridge across the Oresund.

I started out this morning making the Pickled Fresh Cucumbers http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/pickled-fresh-cucumbers-389623< It said to not peel the cucumbers but they were so waxy, there was no way I was going to let Bob eat the peel of them...yuck! I salted them and weighted them down with a big can of tomatoes...

and here is the finished product! These are fantastic!

This is the Swedish Meatballs II recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/swedish-meatballs-II/detail.aspx< We really liked the meatballs but the gravy...not so much! I'll make these again minus that sauce. But don't let that stop you from trying these, it was strictly our tastes! I served this over buttered egg noodles.

Hasselback Potatoes http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hasselback-potatoes/detail.aspx< These are pretty good, mine never did fan out, but they tasted really good and, in my book, that's what matters! Word to the wise...use a pastry brush to periodically brush these with butter while they are in the oven. That way, the butter gets down into all the slices. I think the next time (yes, there will be a next time) I'll put the cheese on at the very end...it got rather hard and crunchy.

And this was dinner tonight!
Sweden is the 55th largest country in the world and the 5th largest in Europe. About 15% of Sweden is north of the Arctic Circle. It has forests that cover roughly 65% of it's land and the capitol is Stockholm.

Swedish Cream with Summer Berries http://allrecipes.com/recipe/swedish-cream-with-summer-berries/detail.aspx< This was delicious! The only change I made was to cut the recipe in half! This is a dessert I'll definately be making again!! Super yummy!

And not so bad to look at, either!

My groceries ran $12.65 this week, which left $7.35 to go into the Beach Bag. The total after 16 weeks is $108.94.
This week, Bob drew Lady Sparkle, who picked Peru and Wyattdogster, who picked Japan. 42 people voted and 24-18, next week we're off to Japan. I can't wait for this country...I have an advantage in my Aunt Aiko...she's Japanese!
I just wanted to let everyone know that I had a recipe published today http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sedation/detail.aspx< If you like a not-too-sweet, fruity drink, this should be right up your alley!
Again, I apologize if this blog is not quite up to par, but we're just shy of Bob's first week of radiation and I'm wiped, so until we meet in Japan next week, peace!

Apr. 22, 2010 7:44 pm
Good grief, WW, no apoligies necessary! It all looks fabulous. I have a recipe for meatballs in stroganoff sauce. I'll send it to you if you'd care to have it. Glad Bob is doing well.
Apr. 22, 2010 7:44 pm
Oh, It's a great blog! Can't wait till I can pick! :)
Apr. 22, 2010 7:45 pm
Send it on over, Cactus...I need all the sauce and gravy recipes I can get...I'm going to bed in 15 minutes, LOL!
Apr. 22, 2010 7:48 pm
No apologies are necessary WW! We all know what's up and hope Bob is doing well!!! Blog is great! Love it and look forward to it all week :) and today I needed a distraction. Thank you for continuing with the blog and can't wait for JAPAN :)
Apr. 22, 2010 7:57 pm
Yum! The fact that you have the energy to cook such a beautiful meal means you are a super hero! Great pics of a nice meal. Keep feeding Bob lots of butter :)
Apr. 22, 2010 7:58 pm
Those meatballs look yummy! Interesting blog, as usual.
Apr. 22, 2010 8:02 pm
Looks good to me and as always fun to read, well done you!! I love pickled cucumbers, the Germans are well into that sort of thing and often serve it up next to dinner as a side salad.... :o) (Just a little extra useless info) :o)
Apr. 22, 2010 8:11 pm
Great blog WW! And fantastic job on the cooking & photos-everything looks lovely. Get some rest! Who put up the new fence for the dogs? Hope they don't turn into giant gophers like my dogs.
Apr. 22, 2010 8:20 pm
Great blog! I grew up eating swedish meatballs (my grandma was from Sweden) and never liked them as a little girl, but love them now. They look delicous! I'm new to the Blogs, how do you place your pictures within your text?
Apr. 22, 2010 8:24 pm
I just saw you are from Forks! We've been through there, my husband goes deep sea fishing in Neah Bay, WA. We all went one year in the RV and what a beautiful area!!!
Apr. 22, 2010 9:52 pm
I think it's a great Blog ... so that's all that really matters! LOL. It REALLY is good, well done. And regards to Bob too.
Apr. 22, 2010 10:09 pm
Good looking meal. Was Bob able to enjoy any of it? No apologies needed - you on a bad produce a better blog than many others on a good day. Love the relaxed expression on Puppa's face.
Apr. 22, 2010 11:22 pm
Loved it as usual! I've never made Swedish meatballs -- might have to give it a try, but I'll choose my sauce carefully! That Puppa is TOO MUCH! Great smile!
Apr. 22, 2010 11:31 pm
I'm so glad you did Sweden! Everything looks good, and my mouth is watering for those cucumbers, yum! I like Puppa's smile, too!
Apr. 23, 2010 12:20 am
Wonderful blog, WW. Your cucumbers look lovely peeled. I was very curious about Sweden, and may try to do this for my son and his bride whenever they visit us. You bring together the most beautifully balanced presentations. // Remembering you and Bob as treatments continue.
Apr. 23, 2010 3:17 am
Fantastic! Not a bit lame. That Puppa is a hoot. I think he thinks "it's all about him!!" :-D Can't wait to read about Japan.
Apr. 23, 2010 3:25 am
Food looks good, as always! I bet it tasted good, too! I know about "once up, stay up!" I don't know why my biorhythm has me programmed for early morning, but I can't stay in a sleeping position hoping for more sleep, so I just get up!
Apr. 23, 2010 6:08 am
I should know better than to read your RV travels in the morning before breakfast. Everything looked good especially the pickles!
Apr. 23, 2010 6:39 am
Yep, that's a smile on Pup's face...Dad was scratching his chest and he was in ectasy!! He's a ridiculously funny hound, that Pup!! That's my cook's knife that I got from somewhere, I can't remember exactly...I think a liquidation store for next to nothing. It's an off-brand and I absolutely love it! It really holds an edge and if it starts to get dull, I just zip through the sharpener a few times and it's razor sharp again. I have like 5 other cook's knives, but I just like that one...the weight, the balance and it feels like an extension of my arm, which is important to me as I am a kitchen knife junkie...I probably have 40 various knives and really only use that one, my cleavers (I have 2, a matched set), my little paring knife and my mini bread knife!
Apr. 23, 2010 6:43 am
The dessert looks fantastic! As for the meatballs, I made them once for friends who then at the last minute could not make it until two days later so I had to reheat them...What a disaster!! They broke apart and the dinner looked like dog food and the color of the Swedish gravy made it more so. Looking forward to Japan, have fun!
Apr. 23, 2010 6:56 am
Marcil...I love Neah Bay! The Native history up there is rich and colorful and that place is absolutely beautiful. Just a piece of trivia...that is the westernmost town of the lower 48! Great orca watching up there, too! It's right where the Pacific meets the Straits of Juan de Fuca going into the Puget Sound here in Washington...fantastic fishing there!
Apr. 23, 2010 8:01 am
I'm sorry you're so tired!!! The blogs were great, just like any other time :) Be sure to get some sleep!!!
Apr. 23, 2010 8:19 am
I just love this blog!! I hope things go well with chemo, will be sending good vibes and prayers your way.
Apr. 23, 2010 8:41 am
Another awesome blog! Thanks for sharing WW!! Puppa is adorable!
Apr. 23, 2010 8:46 am
Great Blog, your's and all dogs have such personality. I am such a dog lover.
Apr. 23, 2010 10:34 am
I love swedish meatballs and those look fantastic! What would you change on the sauce? Just keep looking forward to that Beach fund when this will all be behind you for the better. You and Bob are in our prayers.
Apr. 23, 2010 10:39 am
What a great looking plate, and that picture of Puppa made me laugh! You get some rest, and my very best to your hubby. Looking forward to Japan, good stuff. We went to our fave resto Sushi Ting last night, had the bento box with different tempura veggies, seaweed salad, fresh fruit, teriaki chicken, california rolls, little mini fried appys, it was a great munch!
Apr. 23, 2010 10:56 am
Thanks, Olivia. Brenda, I think the next time, I'll just skip the sauce...the recipe said to make with evaporated milk and we just didn't care for the taste. I tried to doctor it up with some garlic and dill weed, but it still wasn't turning our crank. Saveur631...Pup makes me crack almost on a daily basis! He'll be 5 in September, so time really does fly along. I got him when he was 8 weeks old and we have been through so much with that dang dog! It's hard to fall asleep because Bob snores like a Stihl 075 chainsaw...it's ridiculous! I hear him through earplugs, a fan and the TV after I take melatonin and 2 benedryl...it's crazy!! Needless to say, I went to bed at 8 pm last night and I think I finally fell asleep around 11! No radiation tomorrow, so I can sleep in...YEA!!
Apr. 23, 2010 11:01 am
Congrats on your published recipe, Swedish Delight, Pup's pushover, Bob's timely arrival, and your great character. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the musical, " Yankees","You gotta have Heart, miles and miles of heart. When your luck is battin' zero get your chin up off the floor, mister you can be a hero you can open any door, there's nothin' to it but to do it you gotta have hope..." I think you've got it!!
Apr. 23, 2010 11:52 am
LOL! Thanks, Gram...you always make me smile when you comment!
Apr. 23, 2010 2:29 pm
Oh my goodness those meatballs look fantastic! And I will definitely try the potatoes. Love the puppy pic too!
Apr. 23, 2010 3:03 pm
Thanks, Barbara...I love your blogs, too!!
Apr. 23, 2010 3:36 pm
Loved the blog and your dog, WW. We have a snoring boxer. Husband snores too so never hears the boxer. I lie there listening to the cacophony until I am so sleepy I can finally block it out.
Apr. 23, 2010 4:02 pm
I've tried that, YellowBird, but I just can't! Now that he's on meds, getting him to roll on his side is like an act of God!!
Apr. 23, 2010 4:24 pm
As usual, a wonderful blog WW! I am going to have to try the meatball recipe, as I just love them. And the cream and berries look absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 23, 2010 6:38 pm
The cream and berries were delicious, Puck...I highly recommend that recipe to everyone, unless you're lactose intolerant!
Apr. 23, 2010 7:57 pm
Great stuff! I had Swedish meatballs once at IKEA (many years ago) and spent the better part of that evening 'ill'! I cannot even look at the picture without gagging!! Nothing personal WW, I am sure they were delish! Question about the Swedish Cream-did you chill it or serve it warm? That recipe confuses me. Hope Bob gets the weekend off!
Apr. 23, 2010 8:12 pm
Hey, ww, just wanting to tell you hello and to say that I hope Bob is doing as well as possible. I think of you two often and wish you the very best.
Apr. 24, 2010 4:25 am
I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting much from Swedish cuisine. But your blog changed my opinion a little. The food, especially dessert look amazing and I like Puppa's smile too. Can't wait to see your Japanese blog.
Apr. 24, 2010 8:21 am
Wyatt...I served it cold because I made while Bob was in Portland and since it was a dairy product, I had to refrigerate it to keep it good. I think it would be wonderful warm. Marianne...it's great to see your smiling face, I've been wondering where you've been! amanecer...great to see you, too!! The dessert was fabulous!
Apr. 24, 2010 2:17 pm
The pictures make everything look so appetizing (except for Puppa!)... you are a wonderful writer even when you are bushed. Love to you and Bob and take care.. Cindy
Apr. 24, 2010 2:29 pm
Nothing to apologize about with this blog WW; it was a great read, as usual! I might have to give those potatoes a try, and the dessert looks fantastic!
Apr. 24, 2010 3:03 pm
Good blog, WW! The meatballs look delicious on the bed of pasta! I hope Bob is doing well. I'm only here off and on now so I haven't seen you mention how he is doing. Please remember to take care of yourself, too!
Apr. 24, 2010 6:15 pm
Great blog, WW. You look like you had the ultimate comfort food. The cream and berries presented so pretty. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bob during these very stressful times.
Apr. 25, 2010 7:58 am
Well, as a person living in Sweden (Stockholm), I say bravo!! Of course, Swedish meatballs do not really have gravy. I don't know how they came to have gravy in America... I grew up in Iowa, so I was surprised the first time I ordered them in a restaurant here and they came without gravy, just a sauce made of lingonberries which is on the side. I still have no idea what lingonberries are, a cross between a cranberry and raspberry, or something. Up at 4am every day!! I would be dead... I must have my daily 12 hours or I am worthless. :) Just kidding, but seriously, I take lots and lots of pain medication(prescribed of course) and if I don't get 8 I am napping all day. I would be sleeping and he would be waiting for me to pick him up!! You are one tough woman WW, and I wish I had half your attitude, I would be walking again! :)
Apr. 25, 2010 8:17 am
making the cream and berries tonight. Four out of the six will love it and one is only 1 so his vote doesn't count.
Apr. 25, 2010 8:48 am
choppie...I went ahead and made the gravy because I couldn't find ligonberries. I had bought a jar of ligonberry jam at our farmer's market once, but it was good and I used it all up and haven't been able to find it since! The oncologist said to put gravy on everything along with extra butter to keep Bob's calorie content up because he had lost a couple of pounds, so I went for the gravy. I know what NOT to do the next time. I didn't review the recipe because I did make substantial changes to it by adding in different spices and it was more the texture of it that we didn't care for rather than the taste. I will make the meatballs again, though, they were delicious, but I'll skip the gravy entirely. I plan on making the potatoes again, too...I'll jsut play around with them to see if I can get them to fan out...they would be so pretty if they did! I'll skip the bread crumbs and cheese, though, I think! I like potatoes and, just my opinion here, I don't think they need a ton of stuff to dress them up. I know on my baked potatoes, I use butter, salt and pepper and that's it. Bob likes sour cream and all the toppings on his...funny how people's tastes are different that way!
Apr. 25, 2010 8:51 am
northpolemom...you're right...his vote doesn't count! The Swedish Cream with Summer Berries was absolutely delicious and is a welcome addition to my line up of summer desserts!
Apr. 25, 2010 2:38 pm
I am sooo excited that Japan is next. Me and my son are inthralled by Japan. As always the food looks good. Hope things are going good for Bob. And I just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me. I read your blog on the garden you made, and it seems like a great idea. Due to really bad knee's I cannot get on the ground to do a garden, was kind of dispeared about it. But thanks to you, I will have one this year. Now just to figure out exactly what I want in it, LOL. Keep up the good work. As always you and Bob are in my prayers.
Apr. 25, 2010 3:40 pm
Thanks, mdawntrader...the containers work well for me, too, as I had a partial knee replacement done a little over 3 years ago! So I hear that about bad knees! Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!
Apr. 25, 2010 6:25 pm
Wow you are some kinda woman.Love your Blog and all the best to Bob.
Apr. 25, 2010 6:38 pm
Thanks, Carebear! I'm glad you like the blog...I don't know about being some kinda woman, though, lol, I just put one foot in front of the other and take it one day at a time. Any more than that and it's WAY overwhelming!!
Apr. 26, 2010 5:58 am
The food looks great and nothing wrong with your blog either. Enjoy reading it all the time. I wish I was as creative. Can't wait for Japan and as always Thinking of you and Bob.
Apr. 26, 2010 9:57 am
Enjoy your blog! Your container garden has inspired me. How come I never thought to use that old, plastic sandbox? It's perfect! My husband also used to snore like a chainsaw. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been using a cpap machine for almost 2 years. It took some getting used to but he was highly motivated because his father died of a massive heart attack. Now, we all sleep better.
Apr. 26, 2010 11:05 am
I really enjoy your blog being a fellow RVer. My husband and I have a 1975 29' Airstream ambassador that we love. Every chance I get I want to cook in it but have not gotten nearly as creative as you. Usually we have our home made flower pot smoker or steel bowls and smoke pork, shrimp, chicken, and my personal favorites bacon explosion and smoked amardillo eggs. Cant wait to see what Japan has in store for us!
Apr. 26, 2010 5:33 pm
Thanks, Dragonfly...it's always a pleasure to see you! Jen64...they checked Bob for apnea and he doesn't have it, he just snores! ARGH!! Hello, fellow RV'er, Combat Medic! What a flower pot smoker...now you've got me curious!! We'll see how the recipes turn out for Japan, but don't hold your breath on looks!! I wish I had my Aunt Aiko's talent for making things look nice! Thanks for stopping by!
Apr. 27, 2010 4:47 am
Just a quick thanks for the swedish cream recipe. All my guests raved at sunday brunch!
Apr. 27, 2010 6:42 am
Wasn't that the best, Brenda???? Bob loved it! I heated the cream just like the recipe said. The only 2 things I did were 1. cut the recipe in half and 2. I used triple sec rather than Grand Marnier, because I always have triple sec for margaritas!! Thanks for stopping by!
Apr. 27, 2010 6:48 am
Thanks for your blog, WW. It is always interesting and informative. I like that you do so much and you cook on a small budget, and you do not gripe about your circumstances. The world needs more positive people like you! Keep on entertaining us (and feeding us) and I will add Bob to my prayer list. Keep him comfortable and give your pets some love from a pet lover with no pets (allergies). I will continue reading your blogs. Thank you!!
Apr. 27, 2010 7:42 am
Your blog is wonderful - please no apologies! I just happened upon it today and love it. I would like to comment that the swedish meatball gravy recipe was all wrong, sorry but it sounds horrible! I am Swedish and have never seen such a recipe. Instead, I would suggest after cooking the meatballs, mix some flour and milk and stir in the skillet with the brown juices from the meatballs. Then use cream to fill out the sauce. NO tomato sauce, no nutmeg and certainly no evaporated milk. :) It's very simple. And really it should be served with boiled potatoes (never noodles here in Sweden) and lingonberry or cranberry sauce if you can't find it. :D
Apr. 27, 2010 7:44 am
And I forgot two other things (sorry!), the meat should really be 50% ground beef and 50% ground pork. And more importantly, best wishes to Bob and you're both in my thoughts!
Apr. 27, 2010 7:54 am
Thanks, Denise...the gravy, unfortunately, was horrible! I liked the meatballs, though! I will try your way the next time I make them!! And check on the potatoes!! I added the gravy because that's what the doc said to put on Bob's food to add calories, that and lots of butter...wish I could find a doc to prescribe me THAT KIND OF DIET! That would be way cool! Thanks so much for the info, I appreciate it! Suzanne R., no sense in griping about circumstances, if I did that, the circumstances would still be here! LOL! I just try to make the best of things and go on with life! Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!
Apr. 27, 2010 11:46 am
Delicious!! Great blog, as ALWAYS!!!Gotta try those potatoes :)
Apr. 27, 2010 12:01 pm
Love your blog, I have been checking in on your food adventures for the last few weeks...since Argentina. I am Canadian, living in Uruguay but lived in South Africa for a few years. You definitely have to do South Africa!! Fantastic curries and Potjeikes...if you don´t know what a Potjeike is you gotta Google it and try it!! Great camping meal : )
Apr. 27, 2010 12:42 pm
Sorry I just bumped into your blog and see Sweden now that it's over! DH and I are both full American Swedes from a little Swedish settlement here in Illinois. I make Swedish Rye Bread to sell and have done it for about 40 years. I make about 16 loaves a week now....just a drop in the bucket from the 70+ I made each week in the 1980's. Still fun.
Apr. 27, 2010 4:42 pm
Hi LadySparkle...the potatoes were awesome, although mine didn't fan out! GingaMama...eventually, I'll be doing South Africa, so I'll keep those dishes in mind! Hi, JeannieE, that's a lot of rye bread, which, by the way, is my favorite! 70+ loaves a week! Holy Cow! Thanks all, for stopping by!
Apr. 28, 2010 4:37 am
Hi WW, Incredible, that you could put together such a lovely meal, with all thats going on !! Keep going :)
Apr. 28, 2010 5:39 am
HELLO! maui...that dessert was awesome and I highly recommend it...that was the one I was making when I was talking to you on the phone!! khushi...sometimes the only thing I can do to keep sane in this insane time is to cook and blog...it's really therapeutic to me, and if you all enjoy it, that's just an added bonus! Thanks!
Apr. 28, 2010 7:47 am
It was? Can you repost it?
Apr. 28, 2010 11:43 am
Swedish meatballs bring the swede out in me!!!
Apr. 28, 2010 3:33 pm
How swede it is :) I love Swedish cream! The cukes sound refreshing and tasty too. And also Fred Meyer has lingonberry jam in the small international section but it's around $7. Ikea has it for 4 in their little swedish food market. I recommend the salty licorice too!
Apr. 28, 2010 3:42 pm
Thanks, Judy! Jualie...I looked at Fred Meyer and didn't find it. Mauigirl told me about Ikea, but we don't have one of those here in Longview...if I can find the one in Portland, I'll be sure to pick some more up. I bought the one jar I had at a farmer's market here in town 2 summers ago and it was delicious, but they haven't had it since either!!
Apr. 28, 2010 4:38 pm
The country of Sweden also consumes the most chocolate per person per year: 22 pounds of choocolate per person per year! I don't feel so bad now...
Apr. 28, 2010 5:05 pm
Holy Cow! FuchsiaCook! That's a lot of chocolate!! I thought I ate a lot, but I know it's nowhere near that amount!! Ya gotta love a country that loves chocolate like that!
Apr. 29, 2010 6:00 am
Had to stop by and read your blog and see your pics!!! Great pics! It all looked absolutely yummy. I guess I am going to need to look at the Swedish meatball recipe to see what is different about swedish meatballs and regular american meatballs..... They look really good! Hope Bob gets better very soon.
Apr. 29, 2010 6:47 am
Thanks, cookhealthy! I think mine were a more Americanized version...these recipes get confusing because, havig never been to any of these countries, I have to guess at it and sometimes I wind up with pie on my face!! LOL! Live and learn, I 'spose...I'm cooking for the Japan blog tonight, so watch for the blog to be posted, ok?
Apr. 29, 2010 11:19 am
Great blog - your meal looked delicious. Strangely enough, it was the cucumbers that had me drooling. Love Puppa, too. Puppa is my Max's nickname. He certainly looks comfy!
Apr. 29, 2010 12:14 pm
LOL, thanks Pam! It's weird, but every week when I'm researching recipes, I always gravitate towards the cucumber ones...I'm not sure why. I was just talking to my MIL this morning about it and we had a great laugh!!
Apr. 29, 2010 4:42 pm
I come from a Norwegian background so this whole meal sounds wonderful to me. These dishes were always standard at our house when I was growing up except for maybe the potatoes. My mom usually made mashed potatoes when she made Swedish meatballs. You did a great job on this blog!! It brought back wonderful memories for me. Thank so much.
Apr. 29, 2010 5:42 pm
That's awesome, TexasGirl!! Thanks for the nice comment! I appreciate it!
Apr. 29, 2010 6:03 pm
looks great to me girl! Esp. the dessert!!!!
Apr. 29, 2010 6:52 pm
Hey WW, you're doing great. Yummy food, wonderful info, and even better photos. We all love you, and wish hubby all the strength and love you both deserve.
Apr. 29, 2010 7:12 pm
Thanks, newchefgirl! I appreciate that and that dessert was FANTASTIC! Hey, MelindaR...it's nice to see you again! We appreciate all the well wishes!!
Apr. 29, 2010 7:13 pm
I just wanted to let everyone know that I had another recipe published! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/single-cup-hot-buttered-rum/detail.aspx
Apr. 29, 2010 7:14 pm
And the Japan blog is now posted if you want to check it out!!
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava www.bakedlava.com and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is www.valleybugler.com. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
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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 cupboards...you 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 and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. 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.
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There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
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