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Feb. 25, 2011 9:56 am 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 10:54 pm
It's another stormy day in central California.  The newscasters have been warning us for days that THIS could be a big one!  They have assured us that the power will be going out again but this time I am ready, at least more ready than last week.  My final load of laundry is… MORE
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Feb. 24, 2011 5:26 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2011 4:07 pm
And then there were five....I must say I was surprised at the elimination of Dale last night on Top Chef.  He is an incredibly talented chef and really showed some great talent and awesome recipes this time around.  He seemed a calmer and gentler Dale than in his original… MORE
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Feb. 23, 2011 5:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2011 6:43 pm
It's Wednesday!  Hooray, I get to watch t.v. tonight and see those awesome chefs compete on Top Chef.  I'm not normally much on "reality" t.v. shows but I must admit I have been a Top Chef junkie since the very first show.  Personally, I am rooting for either Carla or Antonia,… MORE
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Feb. 22, 2011 5:38 am 
Hi everyone,  It is so good to have power and be able to cook like a 21st century person again!  One thing though, I tend to appreciate meals cooked without power than the ones with.  It's definitely a feeling of accomplishment to get a tasty and healthy meal on the table under adverse… MORE
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Feb. 15, 2011 7:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2011 9:28 am
I decided to cook my honey a nice Valentine's Day dinner.  I'm not nuts about salmon (got burned out when I lived in the Pacific Northwest) but my husband is a definite fan so I was looking for a salmon recipe that I might like as well.  I found an easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Salmon.  You… MORE
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Feb. 14, 2011 1:23 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2011 8:30 am
Hi all,  I'm Marci and this is my blog.  Having never written a blog before I started by staring at the computer screen for ages but found that that didn't get any writing done so I decided to just go for it.  I am anxious to share recipes and stories with likeminded people and this seemed… MORE
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About Me
I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
My cooking tragedies
Any tragedies I have had have gone straight into the trash and out of my mind. No sense dwelling on negatives.
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