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Oct. 7, 2014 1:11 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2014 6:25 pm
We have now moved in to October and the Winter does seem to be coming in at quite a clip. We have already been threatened with lite snow twice already and thank you Lord, we have had none. One thing the colder weather does for me is to bring upon my Winter Appetite with those luscious and… MORE
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Jul. 24, 2013 7:57 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2014 9:52 pm
I ask myself where the past two months have gone?  As spring approached this year, I had made so many plans to start riding my bike every day to get more exercise and to lose some weight.  Along with my own "diet and dash," I had made plans to include my little Schnauzer Pickles who could… MORE
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Dec. 11, 2012 9:03 pm 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 9:17 am
I have been so lazy for so many months.  STOP NOW, I have to learn to stop being so hard on myself!!  The last few months have been so stressful in many ways.  There have been so many deaths in my circle I can't believe it.  I remember when my mom had turned 60 she said one of the hardest… MORE
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Mar. 26, 2012 6:09 pm 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 8:51 pm
Hey there all my fellow culinary officianado's.  The weather here in Minnesota has been unbelieveable the last three weeks. Although colder this week, in the 50's it is still higher than the normal of about 46 during the daytime.  Sadly, as I was attempting to clean up the yard a tad, I… MORE
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Mar. 26, 2012 5:49 pm 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 6:33 pm
I am sure you have heard all the stories, legends and tales of how's and why's a hard boiled egg will either peel, or not peel.  "Fresh eggs won't peel. Be sure they are at least three days old!" Trust me, its not the eggs, it's science.  After boiling your eggs about 10 minutes turn off the… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2011 4:16 pm 
Hey there. Here's a heart warming casserole, hot dish type recipe which is really quick and very tasty for a busy weekend.  We will use the leftover cabbage, or any of the left over cabbage rolls you might have. None left? Not to worry, just need some more hamburger and pork sausage. OK,… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2011 3:58 pm 
Holy cow, record cold. The high today was about 12 with a low of 6.  Big warmup in the forcast for the W/E and next week.  What to cook for dinner?  My husband has been hungry for rutabeggas. First item will be diced rutabeggas with butter and a little salt. Now we have the vegetable, what… MORE
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Dec. 6, 2011 9:09 pm 
Hey there everyone and hope your day has been great. Our day has been cold, 17 for the high and 12 right now. That's right, 12 degrees ferenheit. Took little Pickles out to do her business, she attempted to squat, jumped up and said, "If you expect me to do anything out here your crazy. You… MORE
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Dec. 6, 2011 8:32 pm 
Hey there everyone and hope your day has been great.  Our day has been cold, 17 for the high and 12 right now.  That's right, 12 degrees ferenheit.  Took little Pickles out to do her business, she attempted to squat, jumped up and said, "If you expect me to do anything out here your crazy.… MORE
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Dec. 3, 2011 12:06 am 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 4:24 pm
Thanksgiving is now officially over and we have just about four weeks until Christmas. Our Christmas dinner has taken a turn from our usual turkey, or ham for about the past six years.  It seems that Christmas dinner has become the holiday for us to splurge a little and the menu has changed… MORE
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Sweet Pickles Mom

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Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA

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About Me
I am a non-working Registered Nurse. I have loved to cook ever since childhood. I love the outdoors and warm weather. Living in Minnesota and being from Wisconsin you would think I would enjoy cold weather and activities associated with, WRONG! I hate the cold and stay indoors almost the entire winter until Spring "breaks." What do you do in the winter? Cook, of course. I love experimenting with new, complicated food dishes and of course I love the taste of my own cooking. I love animals and have a Minature Schnauzer, "Pickles." She is a total joy!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make different Italian dishes. I tend to like spice so I am intrigued by India, Mexico, Thai and anything made with a "bite." Being of German descent, I have some favorite all time recipes that were my mom and dad's. Kliska is one of my families favorites. It is potato dumplings that are browned with bacon and pork pieces until the dumplings are crisped on the edges. Along with the pork pieces and bacon you have alot of chopped onion and a pinch of nutmeg; very tasty, but loaded with cholesterol.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As aforementioned I love to make Kliska. One of my best friends who is Swedish, makes a similar Klub which is a large potato dumpling filled with diced pork, onion, salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. She wraps the dumplings which are coated with butter in aluminum foil and then dropped into boiling water for about 30 minutes. Being German, I do like the 'ol standbys of sauerkraut and pork ribs, sauerkraut and weiner's, sauerkraut and whatever. Sauerbraten, red cabbage and potatoes are a nice combination too.
My cooking triumphs
I just recently watched a cute "date" movie for about the 15th time with Lauren Hutton called Sweet Treats. She's a chef who combines with the male lead to form a team contesting in a cooking contest. In that movie they make a Torta Barozzi which is a very chocolate, non-flour torte. Was a rather complicated recipe, but I made it and it turned out "wonderful." It is a chocolate lovers dream.
My cooking tragedies
I never remember those cooking tragedies. I just never make them again and "move on" to greater things. I will say, I never serve a recipe that I have not made previously! Also when cooking meat, don't over cook and "always" use a meat thermometer!
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