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Mar. 24, 2014 8:00 am 
Updated: May 20, 2015 11:00 am
I’m coming clean with you.  I am a KITCHEN GADGET FANATIC.  Whew, there I've confessed. There is no cure for it, other than staying out of stores that carry kitchen gadgets and small appliances and, honestly, I don’t have the willpower to do that.  Yes, I’m fortunate to have a Kitchen Aid… MORE
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Mar. 21, 2014 9:56 pm 
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 6:36 am
This is in response to Raedwolf’s bog on March 19 which has had many, many comments posted.I’ve been on this site for nearly four years, and I consider myself to be an ACTIVE member of Allrecipes.  I’ve posted reviews and uploaded photos on nearly 1,100 recipes (excluding the ones that I’ve… MORE
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Oct. 13, 2013 1:21 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 5:05 am
I think back to when I first moved out on my own and what I was eating then.  Tthe first things that come to mind are french fries and Chef Boyardee Pizza (in a box, not even frozen like today’s pies).   I actually think I was using Ore-Ida even back then, but you certainly didn’t have many… MORE
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Oct. 9, 2013 11:52 am 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 6:15 am
Now that I’ve finally adjusted to retirement, I’ve settled into a routine in many facets of my life.  One is cleaning the house on Friday mornings, and the other is not cooking a big dinner on Friday evening.  When growing up, typically Friday was take-out night, and rarely did we have a big… MORE
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Sep. 9, 2013 1:08 pm 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 1:49 pm
Have you ever walked into a restaurant and been greeted with Opa?  Perhaps you’ve heard it at a restaurant where they have live Greek dancing. Or maybe it happens as your food at your favorite Greek restaurant is being brought to the table, and your server says Opa!  Always makes me smile,… MORE
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Aug. 10, 2013 4:18 pm 
Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 12:25 pm
I grew up in a grilling family in the Midwest, and my father was a “Grill Master” even before the term existed.  Our house was the most popular in the neighborhood, and our friends always were welcome to our cookouts.  And even when the kids grew up and moved out, we still brought our friends… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2013 12:27 pm 
Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 8:39 am
I’d like to share with you my love of Cuban food and some traditions from living in Florida.  I enjoy eating and preparing foods from a variety of global cuisines, but Cuban cuisine is one that I truly love.  The combinations of spices used in Cuban cooking have a great similarity to those… MORE
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May 23, 2013 2:15 pm 
Updated: May 30, 2013 5:12 am
Sargento recently inspired me to think about one of “Life’s Little Moments.”  There is something that we do during the summer that came to mind, and that’s scalloping.  Admittedly, it’s a Florida thing, and I know many of you are saying “what the heck is that?”  Well, it’s all about spending… MORE
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Nov. 3, 2012 6:51 am 
Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 8:31 am
I never really thought much about a “favorite” Thanksgiving, but I will tell you about a favorite thing we did as kids on Thanksgiving.  We'd each make a wish, then grab a side of the turkey wishbone, pull, and whoever ended up with the bigger piece got his/her wish and good luck for the rest… MORE
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Oct. 12, 2012 12:50 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 5:44 am
The temperature is still close to 90, and Floridians get a little cranky this time of year.  You’ll hear them mumbling “...bring on the cooler weather, PLEASE, it is Fall, isn’t it?”   The nighttime lows finally will drop to below 70, and soon we will have cooler, beautiful weather, the… MORE
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About Me
Retired from a high-stress sales career which involved lots of travel. I now have the time to relax, turn off the alarm clock and sleep in, read a book, magazine or the newspaper (every day, not just Sunday) and, most importantly, take in everything that the Florida lifestyle offers, and that's a lot! And, finally, I have the luxury to really pursue a lifetime passion, cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Enjoy all kinds of food and cuisines, and I literally can't think of one food that I would refuse to eat. And that even includes liver (don't like cooking it, but sure like eating it). I love good food, but you won't find me making a recipe that has 40 ingredients. I just don't have the attention span for that.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband's grandmother was from Bavaria, and his mother learned to cook many of her old-country recipes which she then passed on to me. Our traditional Christmas dinner is sauerbraten (which marinates for at least five days) with gravy, homemade egg noodles sauteed in butter, potato balls (which float to the top of the boiling water if prepared correctly), sweet and sour red cabbage, and freshly cooked apples (gotta have something healthy). It's an exhausting meal that literally takes all day to prepare, but it's worth the effort. Yeah, I know it's also a carbohydrate nightmare, but what the heck, we only have it once a year.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the Christmas sauerbraten meal was a victory. Also, making homemade goetta, a breakfast meat from Cincinnati. My version is made with all pork, equal portions of boston butt and loin. Today's goetta in Cincy has beef in it, as does the recipe on this site, but I'm sticking with ALL pork. It is totally unhealthy for you, but it's a treat, and I don't make it often.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a number over the years like the potato balls mentioned above just disintegrating into a puddle of potato shreds. There's no recipe, it's just a matter of "feeling right" when you're mixing. Not long ago, I made a peach pie and got so caught up in trying to make the pie crust work that I forgot to add the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cinnamon, etc.) to the peaches that were sitting in a bowl on the counter. Cooked it anyway, it was ghastly, and then threw it away. My ongoing tragedy is making pie crust. There must a black cloud hanging over my head when I'm making pie crust because I ALWAYS have problems. But I'm not giving up, one day this tragedy will turn into a triumph and be listed above!
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