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Lela's Cooking Journey

 
Oct. 15, 2013 7:12 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 5:38 am
Old Man Winter is coming soon and is already leaving snow in the high country of Colorado. Last Saturday, my Hubby, and I ventured out to Colorado Springs, Co. The forty-five minute trip led us to the Black Bear Cafe where we had a nice filling lunch.  I was craving a milk shake. The Cafe… MORE
Zesty Italian Sausage Pasta
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Bow Ties with Italian Sausage in Cream Basil Sauce
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Smoked Turkey
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 10:51 am
This past month, I baked with yeast in Lela's Kitchen. Yeast has given me quite a headache since I first blogged about my baking with yeast two years ago. For years, I taught elementary students. I lived, breathed, and loved teaching. I really didn't have a lot of time to devote to baking… MORE
Peppy's Pita Bread
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Tags:  Baking, How-To
 
 
Sep. 17, 2013 2:25 pm 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 1:47 pm
I live where the buffalo roamed and the deer and antelope play. At night, the antelope sometimes stand in the middle of a country road. I travel the country road to get to my house in Southern Colorado. In my neighborhood, I can hear the restless coyotes bay at the moon.  Everyone knows if… MORE
Thick Style Tortillas Lela Style
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The Prairie in My Neighborhood
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Aug. 29, 2013 1:33 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 11:23 am
How do you occupy your time? Since I had knee surgery, I have been nursing a bum knee. However, it is not hard to find things to do: Such as ordering things on the internet, saving recipes, organizing, and cooking.Scanning Old Recipes    I spent some time scanning old recipes I found in my… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 29, 2013 12:16 pm 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2013 2:28 pm
How do you occupy your time? Since I had knee surgery, I have been nursing a bum knee. However, it is not hard to find things to do: Such as ordering things on the internet, saving recipes, organizing, and cooking.Scanning Old Recipes    I spent some time scanning old recipes I found in my… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 25, 2013 2:14 pm 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 6:32 am
I can just hear my mom saying, if your friends jump off a cliff, are you going to jump off a cliff? Friends can influence you in so many ways. Yes, I am not ashamed to say, I can be easily swayed by my All Recipes friends.        For those of you who know me, I had knee surgery on my right… MORE
Magic Bars II
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Jul. 24, 2013 9:57 am 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2013 8:12 pm
If you are into Easy and Simple or need a pudding dessert in a hurry. Here are a few pudding dessert ideas. Dessert # 1 Jello Patriotic Mini Fruit TartsThis dessert is so simple with the right tools. Stainless steel sauce cup  I bought my sauce cups at Walmart. Or you can use a 2 and 1/2… MORE
Pudding Breeze
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Jun. 15, 2013 11:17 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 10:35 am
When summer rolls around, it is time to cook outdoors. Nix slaving over a hot stove and grill outdoors. My family enjoys eating a sit down dinner, great conversation and delicious grilled food.     Here are few highlighted recipes from some meals I made this summer.  We celebrated Father's… MORE
Fajita Seasoning
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Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad
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Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs
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Grilled Baked Potatoes
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May 25, 2013 9:34 am 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 5:58 am
I never really took notice of the bottom of the page on All Recipes where countries are listed until recently.  If you click on any of the countries, you can take a virtual trip and score some good recipes. Not only did I get a few recipes while cruising the Australian site, I also learned a… MORE
Strawberry Muffins
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Apr. 21, 2013 12:48 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013 12:42 pm
Cinco de Mayo is coming soon. Are you planning a party? Of course, margaritas come to mind. Here are a few margaritas you may wish to try. I threw a TGIF party and made several different kinds of margaritas. I let my guests choose what kind of margaritas they wanted. Sauza RitaThis margarita… MORE
 
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Lela

Member Since
Nov. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian

Hobbies
Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking

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About Me
I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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