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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
Jun. 29, 2012 5:19 pm 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2012 4:17 pm
I learned to cook at my great grandmother's and my grandmother's knee...both excellent cooks.  And both cooked by feel.  "Cooking is a science", so say some of the experts.  Well, I respectfully have to disagree.  I think cooking is an intuitive process, and once you've been doing it long… MORE
Apr. 23, 2012 4:48 pm 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 8:55 pm
For years, I've been working on Gumbo, refining my ingredients and techniques as I learn and gain experience.  I've been cooking for at least 35 years, but I learn more every day.  I make good Gumbo.  I think that I do, and everyone who tries my gumbo tells me the same.  But it's never been… MORE
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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
May 23, 2010 9:58 am 
Updated: May 24, 2010 5:41 pm
I love this time of year with all the fresh veggies starting to come into the farmer's market!  Saturday morning, I'm up early and headed with bags in tow for my weekly shopping trip.  It's so much fun to see what's new each week, and my meal planning starts while I'm there.  This… 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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