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Jul. 3, 2011 8:06 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2011 4:56 am
Fresh raspberries have been particularly delicious this year. This salad makesĀ  a cool and refreshing first course and shows off the berries.Cool Summer Salad3 cups seedless watermelon cubes1 cup cucumber slices*2 cups fresh raspberries1 tablespoon honey1/4 cup minced fresh mint leaves1… MORE
Jul. 5, 2010 7:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 3:23 am
I've been trying a few new, what I call, gourmet recipes. I guess I consider them gourmet because they are unusual ingredient combos or areĀ formualas I think are quite different from what I usually prepare. Tuesday's recipe I call Red Grape Cup. It makes a great first course. I served it as… MORE
Jun. 27, 2010 2:48 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2010 2:56 am
My recipe for Monday is for a colorful fuit salad dressing with a sparkling dressing. It is very simple. This one needs to be served right away. Otherwise I usually have a big bowl of mixed melons, berries and pineapple in the frig most of the summer MORE
Jun. 9, 2010 6:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2010 7:07 am
I found this recipe in a holiday appetizer cookbook (as in winter holidays) I've freshened up the taste by using fresh herbs that I grow in containers on my balcony. It is great with crackers but even better stuffed into celery sticks. It makes a lot but keeps well in the refrigerator. I just… MORE
Jun. 7, 2010 7:39 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2010 6:05 pm
When my husband and I downsized from a family home to a town house I had to give away a few hundred cook books. Some of them were 60 to 100 years old. One that I kept is titled: DAME CURTSEY'S BOOK OF SALADS, SANDWICHES AND BEVERAGES. It was published in 1915. The recipe for June 8th on my… 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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