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Weather Woes and Nascar Party 
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 circumstances.  When I moved to my home I was assured that the town was "above the fog and below the snow".  Not so true.  Still, looking out on my snow covered meadows I know that I am lucky to have such a view and spring and summer are lovely here.

We went to a Nascar party on Sunday.  I've actually never sat and watched a whole race but I guess this one was the one to see!  Most of my friends are Nascar fans and the revelry was wild!  Many of the attendees were still without power at their houses and were happy to have a place with power to watch the race.  Good times and good food!  I snagged the turkey carcass and yesterday Imade a ton of Turkey Vegetable Barley soup for the freezer.  I also bottled our latest batch of beer, Canadian Blonde.  Today we start a batch of lager and I'm making this week's batch of ice cream, chocolate with chocolate fudge pieces and almonds.  Be still my heart!  Can't wait for my new camera to arrive so I can start posting some pictures.  Have a great day everyone!
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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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