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Lela's Cooking Journey

 
Mar. 3, 2012 6:15 am 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012 6:27 am
We celebrated my husband's birthday on Thursday. My daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and son took us out to dinner for his birthday. The highlight of the evening was the exquisite Black Forest Cake my daughter made. The cake is all about the chocolate, cherries and whipped cream frosting.… MORE
Jenny's Black Forest Cake created by my daughter. AR name Sporadic Cook
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High Altitude Recipe
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Feb. 27, 2012 9:21 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 7:59 pm
Sometimes, I have to hide vegetables in the dinners I serve.  As a mom, I am always trying to get my family to eat more fruits and vegetables. So, tonight we ate Sunday Meatloaf by Patricia Van Houten. Everyone cleaned their plates and my husband went back for seconds. It was a tasty moist… MORE
Sunday's Meatloaf
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Tossed Salad with Italian Restaurant Dressing
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Feb. 23, 2012 9:24 am 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2013 12:10 pm
A good biscuit is one that is soft and fluffy. It doesn't crumble when you eat it, nor is it dry.  My biscuit test is simple. If you eat the biscuit the next day, doesn't fall apart, and is still moist; then, I love it! My family's favorite way to eat biscuits is the: Lela's Bacon Egg and… MORE
Bacon Egg Cheese Biscuit
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
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Feb. 15, 2012 10:50 am 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 4:57 am
It is tradition in our house to bake sugar cookies for holidays. However, the fun is in the decorating or playing with your food. I found this cute  Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie on  Mary's One Perfect Bite blog. (link) First, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use Mary's.I like… MORE
Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie
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Ready to eat Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookies
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Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookie from Mary's Blog
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Feb. 13, 2012 8:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 3:11 am
Although it was frustrating to adapt a wonderful brownie recipe Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies  (link) to high altitude,  I finally came up with a custom version for 5066 feet above sea level.For those of you who do not have to worry about high altitude alterations-just use Brooke's recipe… MORE
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies with Cherry Whipped Cream
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Jan. 27, 2012 3:29 pm 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012 3:07 am
I have a list I call "My Cooking Bucket List."  I write around 10 items I would like to master in cooking before I kick the bucket. Although not sophisticated in nature, the items on the bucket list fill a need to reclaim old family recipes or a request from a family member. I check them… MORE
Brook's Best Bombshell Brownies
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My Cooking Bucket List
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Say It with Chocolate Brownies
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Jan. 17, 2012 8:29 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 5:33 am
Update on Whole Wheat Batter Bread-I posted a recipe for whole wheat batter bread last week. As I promised, here are the updated photos and especially high altitude changes listed after the recipe. The recipe uses bread flour and whole wheat flour.Click on any of the photos to see an enlarged… MORE
Whole Wheat Batter Bread - An Amish Recipe
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Whole Wheat Dough Photos
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Whole Wheat Photos 2
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Jan. 12, 2012 10:15 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2012 4:35 am
Are you avoiding making bread? Does it seem like a daunting undertaking that you will never attempt? You just need a little inspiration. In my case, I was inspired by Mary from her blog-One Perfect Bite. She had some advice I found useful to bake whole wheat batter bread. My second… MORE
Whole Wheat Batter Bread
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Jan. 5, 2012 7:29 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2012 3:00 am
Four years ago, I moved into a new home.  I bought all new top of the line appliances approximately $25,000 from a store that starts with an S and ends with an s. I did not buy the extended warranty on any of the items. Since then, I had to buy a new washer and dryer. The heating element went… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 3, 2012 10:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 7:41 am
It was a busy day. Let's go back before Christmas. Picture Christmas music playing in the background, me in my red apron. I made orange pizzelles, brownies, and now on to fudge making.----so I thought. I gathered all the ingredients for fudge, grabbed a sauce pan and started making fudge. I… MORE
I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory
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Chocolate Coconut Pretzel Balls
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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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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