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Apr. 30, 2013 12:09 pm 
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:26 am
If you watched Sesame Street as a kid, you'll instantly recognize my opening line.  Today, it's about food, of course.   I am a confirmed foodie.  I love to cook, I love to eat, I watch food shows all the time, and I read cookbooks like novels.  My collection has outgrown space after space… MORE
 
 
Feb. 15, 2013 9:24 am 
Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 4:42 am
As the song goes.  I actually DON'T like spiders at all (I know, they eat insects, they serve a purpose, etc, etc, etc.) but I STILL don't like them.  Snakes...well, I'm ok with them as long as we both understand our boundaries.  I'm far less likely to encounter a snake than a spider, so I'll… MORE
 
 
Oct. 7, 2012 9:27 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 6:06 pm
Food civil wars:  I'm not entirely sure it's always so civil in these wars.  In reading reviews, from time to time I run across comments that go something like this... "this is NOT authentic (insert your dish name here)!  It never contains (insert ingredient name here)!"  So what does… MORE
 
 
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
 
 
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
 
 
Oct. 30, 2011 10:06 am 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 7:30 am
First, let me say I love this site.  I like seeing the photos and reading about fellow AR members and checking out the reviews of recipes I may be interested in making.  Which leads me to my topic today...rules of the road for reviews according to wisweetp.   Above all, don't be nasty.  You… 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 wealthy...at 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
 
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wisweetp

Living In
Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2006

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert

Hobbies
Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing

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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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