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Getting Started 
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 like the best place to start.

I am a retired restaurant owner and chef.  I retired early because of lupus and arthritus.   I now live in the country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with my husband.  My son and daughter-in-law and grandson share our property but live in their own house.

The last restaurant I had was in the small mountain town of Markleeville California and was quite an interesting place.  The building it was in was moved to it's location at the end of the 1800s and was quite an amazing and historical place and haunted as well.  The clientele was varied, from bikers to judges and all groups in between.  The bikers were some of my favorite customers and we did many money raising events that they helped with.  These bikers were very community minded and loved to support events that benefitted the local children and service groups. 

I am a woman poker player and play very regularly.  I have been playing Texas Holdem in a poker club where I have been the only female member for a couple of years.  Our new season starts at the end of this week and Yay! we are getting another woman player!  I play a lot of poker online and also play tournament poker occasionally at casinos.  I love the strategy and mathmatics of poker and I also love to win money.  Luckily, I am playing on winnings these days which is even more fun.

I love to bake and am looking for some good bread recipes.  I have been making all of our baked goods from scratch and am always looking for new and interesting recipes.  I hope to hear from some of you.  Happy eating!
Feb. 14, 2011 5:18 pm
You have a very interesting life and the material you can contribute will be, also. Welcome! Keep posting!
Feb. 15, 2011 3:27 am
welcome! what an interesting background - should make for good reading :o)
Feb. 15, 2011 7:44 am
Knowing when to Fold'em in the kithen is almost as important as knowing in Poker - unfortunately, I never know when to quit when playing poker so I usually lose. I'll take some of those baked goods of yours while I wait out the next hand.
Feb. 15, 2011 8:18 am
Welcome to the world of blogging, its great to meet you...
Feb. 15, 2011 8:29 am
Good point Doug. I've found that patience is one of the most important skills to hone at the poker table and in the kitchen. Don't rush to play a questionable hand and never rush a good meal to the table before it's time. Thanks to all for the feedback!
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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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