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Oct. 22, 2013 7:20 am 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 2:12 pm
Cooking For Two Most of my cooking these days is just for my husband and myself. Frequently the recipes I use are for 4 or 6 servings. Then we have easy to reheat meals for after working all day. Sometimes this leads to bad refrigerator management and the leftovers turn into science… MORE
Jun. 15, 2013 5:13 am 
Grilled Chicken is Great! There are lots of marinades and grilling recipes for grilled chicken. You probably have a favorite formula. So... this blog isn't really about grilled chicken. It's about the side dishes I served with grilled chicken last night. I have pots of fresh herbs growing… MORE
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May 28, 2013 2:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013 8:42 pm
Greek Yogurt Dressed Coleslaw 8 cups shredded green cabbage 2 cups shredded carrot 2 tablespoons minced onion Dressing: 2 tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sweet relish 1 cup fat free Greek style yogurt  1 tablepoon agave nectar, honey or… MORE
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Jan. 6, 2013 10:12 am 
Hoping to blog more fun recipes this year. I had an 8 week organic farm share and need to use up the butternut squash I have left. To precook the squash I try to get small ones where the neck of the squash is about 3 to 4 inches thick. I cut the neck just above the bulb. Then I cut the neck… MORE
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Oct. 14, 2012 10:56 am 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2012 6:02 pm
Veggie Breakfast Casserole 1 cup diced bell pepper 1 cup diced, seeded fresh tomato 1/2 cup diced onion 2 slices provolone cheese, torn into small pieces 1/3 cup grated parmeson cheese 2 tablespoon snipped fresh chives or 1 tablespoon dried 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons… MORE
Aug. 2, 2012 1:05 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2012 6:11 am
Make home made dressings.I recommend using the fresh herbs of the season. If you can't use the one's I've listed substitute your own or 1 tablespon or less of dried. I really think using at least the fresh basil and chives are key to a unique flavor. Orange Herb Salad dressing 1 cup orange… MORE
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Jul. 22, 2012 10:33 am 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2012 12:53 pm
I'm having a busy summer. I'm working 10 days every two weeks instead of my usual 9. I'm also taking a food saftey and sanitation class on my Thursdays off this month. I had an Illinois food safetly liscence 10 years ago and I let it lapse. When this adult ed. class fell naturally on my days… MORE
Jun. 28, 2012 12:55 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2012 10:47 am
These dressings are perfect to make while herbs and the lettuces they dress are summertime fresh. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing 1 1/3 cup low fat buttermilk 2/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise ( I use Hellman's (R)) 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in fourths 2… MORE
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May 28, 2012 10:48 am 
Updated: May 28, 2012 10:51 am
I may have posted a Black Bean Salad in the past.  I don't want to search through all my past blogs.This is the current version that I am making for  the holiday barbecue today. Black Bean Salad (with preparation notes) 1, 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed* 1/2 cup frozen corn,… MORE
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May 20, 2012 5:55 am 
Updated: May 20, 2012 5:54 pm
Bottle French dressings are about the only ones I can stand in the fat free version. They are generally a little too sweet for my taste so I mix them with yellow mustard 2 parts dressing to one of mustard. If you prefer to use fat free mayonnaise in this recipe remember the dressing will… 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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