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Nov. 10, 2013 6:26 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2014 10:43 am
Thanksgiving always conjures up different visions for me, some happy and some not quite so satisfying.  Over the years our holiday dinners have included a different cast—mostly family and friends we considered to be family.  For the last 50 years there has been one constant:  my husband,… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 27, 2013 3:08 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 8:07 pm
October has always been a busy month for me, and this year proved no different.  Though I’m retired from my position as a guidance counselor in a large school district, I still do a little work for them.  We test students in grades 7-12 who are still considered English Learners.  It’s always… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 28, 2013 2:02 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2013 5:35 am
When one talks about FAVORITE THINGS, one must really allude only to what those things are at any given point in time because hopefully there is a new and important THING or PERSON that will come to mind each and every day!   Some things, however, stand the test of time. I love meeting up… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 17, 2012 2:56 pm 
Updated: Jul. 19, 2013 2:45 pm
This year I asked family members individually what they expect to see on the Thanksgiving table this year.  You are probably thinking they said the turkey and the dressing!  But the resounding answer was the Blueberry Salad Mold that we’ve had every year for as many years as I can… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 26, 2012 2:28 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2012 10:41 pm
Halloween is not my favorite holiday!  In fact, I have only two related items of Halloween décor in my repertoire----a towel with a ghost on it and a silly ceramic witch statue I picked up at Home Goods one day.  They fit in OK with the other fall decorations I have, though, so at least my… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 22, 2012 2:21 pm 
Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 5:43 am
Making a breakfast burrito doesn’t require a recipe but rather an idea of how to use what you have in your refrigerator.  Today I happened to have one lone al fresco Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage with a Hint of Rosemary, so that worked out well for me!  First I made a shallow split in the… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 26, 2012 10:16 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:16 am
With a can of crushed pineapple to use up, I decided to look for a good side dish.  I ran across three different recipes that looked so similar that I couldn’t decide which one to make, so I decided to make all three.  This is how I did it.First I scaled down each recipe so that they… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 21, 2012 10:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:27 pm
June Gloom is a common SoCal experience, and sometimes the overcast just makes me restless and bored.  Today I decided to check out some of Allrecipes.com’s videos to see what’s new.  I made some discoveries.  Come and take a look!I first went to Recipes in Motion and saw Basic… MORE
 
 
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May 22, 2012 9:26 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 4:53 am
This last weekend I spent the most fabulous time at the home of mauigirl with some of my good friends from Allrecipes.com, and I found that I still keep learning things.  This recent venture taught meThat if you don’t take photos you don’t have to write a blog WITH them.  (It takes me so… MORE
 
 
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Apr. 23, 2012 3:28 pm 
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:39 am
Dinners have been on the table about 6:00 PM for most of the 48 years that we’ve been married—through the vicissitudes of life, as they say---through work schedules, children’s schedules, sick times, joyful celebrations, stressful times.  Most of the recipes I made came from friends,… MORE
 
 
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About Me
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
 
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