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Aug. 8, 2012 4:03 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 5:42 am
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" as the nursery rhyme goes.  Well, in wisweetp land, the garden grows quite well this year!  We've had a very unusual summer for Wisconsin.  Many times I've felt  more like I was back in the Deep South.  Triple digits and days in the… MORE
Mar. 19, 2012 6:39 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012 7:48 am
There are 9 cupcakes in my kitchen right now.  I made them for St Patrick's Day for the family.  Chocolate Stout Cupcakes.  And you know what?  They've been here for 3 days.  I've had 1/2 of a cupcake.  I don't even want any more of them.  My husband and his son will finish them, no doubt. … MORE
Feb. 27, 2012 6:05 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2012 2:16 am
I'm going to lose 35% of my body weight in the next 2 years.  There, I've said it!  It doesn't matter if 1 person reads this or 100 people read this.  I've put it out there, and that's a step towards complete commitment to this goal.  I am 47 years old, and I am obsese.  Believe me, that… MORE
Jul. 12, 2011 5:12 pm 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2011 7:07 am
I had a privileged childhood.  Oh, we weren't by any means least not in monetary terms.  But I had a family who gardened and took full advantage of that garden to preserve the bounty for winter.  We had apple, pear, and persimmon trees in the yard, and a sizeable strawberry patch… MORE
Feb. 27, 2011 2:40 pm 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 7:27 am
Ok, time for a confession.  I have, unfortunately, slid backwards on my vegan/vegetarian experiment.  I had a business trip to Atlanta at the first of February and was unable to follow my plan during the daytime.  Then I came home and woke up the next day with an upper… MORE
Jan. 30, 2011 11:30 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2011 11:23 am
Well, it's now a month into my plan to eat vegan and/or vegetarian.  I also continue to do interval training on the treadmill.  There've been some hits and misses along the way.  Fortunately, more of the former than the latter.  I still can't develop a taste for soy milk or tofu, but I… MORE
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Jan. 8, 2011 4:22 pm 
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011 7:16 am
I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of months researching and gathering information on a vegan diet.  My vegan experiment is in full swing now.  Although I'm not a full-time vegan, I am following a mostly vegan diet lately.  When I'm not doing the vegan thing, it's mostly vegetarian. MORE
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About Me
I'm a born and bred Southerner now living in the Midwest (temporarily!). I learned to cook by watching and helping my grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were wonderful Southern cooks who cooked by "feel" rather than by measuring. And that's how I cook now, too. Recipes are more of a suggestion than instruction for me. I love to garden and use my fresh veggies in my creations, especially salsa and hot sauce, which are my specialties.
My favorite things to cook
Baked goods (especially yeast breads), soups, pizza, roasted and grilled veggies...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas candy making with my mom. She lives across the country now, so we haven't been able to do that since I moved..better on the waistlines!
My cooking triumphs
Planning an outdoor party for 20 people where the main course and the main side dish were to be grilled. It was POURING when the time came. I moved everything inside and prepared the food on stovetop and oven, and it turned out beautifully anyway.
My cooking tragedies
Making biscuits at my mom's house one time and accidentally using plain flour instead of self-rising. Needless to say, I had to make another batch of biscuits when I realized what I had done! Otherwise, I've been pretty lucky!
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