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Jan. 20, 2013 6:12 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 6:50 am
Last night I wanted to make something different for dinner. Had some great looking shrimp and asparagus. Time got short and I did not feel inclined to make my own crepes so used some 100 calorie 10 inch whole wheat tortillas. I also saw a demontration of searing seafood in grapeseed oil on… MORE
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May 4, 2012 6:16 am 
Updated: May 8, 2012 7:04 pm
The weather is finally getting warmer in my area of the country. I continue to use my slow cooker through the summer to keep my kitchen cooler and still have a satisfying dinner. A special shout out to Mark. I recently told this local cook about blogging on this recipe website. I cook with… MORE
Dec. 28, 2011 4:30 am 
I have rediscovered parboiled or "converted rice". It makes cooking an after work skillet dinner quick and easy. Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya 2 teaspoon canola or olive oil 1 cup thinly sliced scallions 1 large stalk celery, sliced 1 small green bell pepper, diced 1/3 cup fresh parsley,… MORE
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Oct. 19, 2011 5:56 am 
Rice, Lentil, Sweet Potato StewThis can easily be made into a meatless dish by omitting the sausage. Pork or beef sausage could be substituted. The last time I made this I used a spicy chicken sausage.1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil1 large onion, diced2 garlic cloves, minced1/4 teaspoon… MORE
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Jul. 5, 2011 9:56 am 
Orange Thyme Grilled Chicken4 bone in chicken breasts1/2 cup orange juice1/2 dry white wine1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme plus 8 sprigs of fresh thyme2 tablespoons minced orange zest, (usually enough from one medium orange)Combine orange juice, wine, oil and… MORE
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May 8, 2011 7:41 am 
Updated: May 10, 2011 8:16 am
This is the Mother's day menu my husband prepared for his mother and me last night. Cold Cucumber Soup 2 lb. cucumber, peeled and seeded 1/3 cup diced yellow onion 1 cup low fat butter milk 1/2 cup plain fat free yogurt pinch of coarse salt and dash of ground white pepper 1/3 cup… MORE
Mar. 25, 2011 5:54 pm 
A warm and satisfying dish without tomatoes like most chili recipes. White Chili 1 lb. ground turkey 1/2 cup diced onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon each: chili powder and cumin pinch of salt and dash of ground white pepper 1, 14 to 16 oz. can white beans, drained and… MORE
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Mar. 9, 2011 6:29 pm 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2011 3:28 am
Roast Beef Hash 2 cups peeled potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1/2 cup each: diced celery, carrot and onion 2 cups of 1/2 inch cubes of leftover roast beef left over gravy and water to equal 1 cup 1/2 teaspoon ground savory 1 teaspoon dried bouquet… MORE
Mar. 6, 2011 6:49 am 
CHICKEN WITH OLIVES 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts salt and pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 large onion sliced 3 plum tomatoes, diced 1/2 cup sliced, pitted black olives 1/2 cup small pimento stuffed olives 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2… MORE
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Feb. 26, 2011 2:04 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2011 7:37 am
Soup is a comforting food in the winter. It is also a tasty way to get your vegetables. Chicken and Bean Soup 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil 1/2 cup sliced leek, white only 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot 1/2 cup thinly slice celery 8 cups chicken broth, homemade or… MORE
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About Me
I love to develop new recipes. I have had 15 recipes published by Reiman publications, publishers of TASTE OF HOME magazine. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. My other interests that aren't listed above are running and horse racing. By profession I am a registered medical technologist currently working in microbiology at a local medical center.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. Main dishes for interesting evening meals. Simple baking like cookie jar cookies and quick breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I basically make Thanksgiving dinner like my mom did.
My cooking triumphs
Winning a runner up prize for my lasagne recipe when I worked for the Nestle corporation. (I was a part time R&D assistant for the Willy Wonka Candy Factory)
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make sweet and sour shrimp with deep fried shrimp. Coating came off the shrimp when I put the sauce on. My familiy refused to eat it. We were short of money then and it hurt to waste the food and then go get MacDonald's for dinner.
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