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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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Mar. 25, 2013 9:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2013 5:12 pm
If you love sausage, try some of these great recipes using Italian sausage from Johnsonville. My family enjoyed all the following recipes using sausage. All of the recipes I tried are what my husband calls keepers. For starters, I made the Italian Wedding Soup using the Johnsonville all … MORE
Johnsonville Easy Sausage Pizza
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Indian Tacos with Yeast Fry Bread
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Rigatoni A La You
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Italian Wedding Soup
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Dec. 10, 2011 11:35 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:45 am
Christmas is my favorite holiday. It is a time to give not only gifts but gifts from the heart. One of my favorite cookies to make is pizzelles. These make nice gifts for friends and family. Enjoy orange Italian pizzelles made with orange liqueur, orange zest, and of course love.  Link:Orange… MORE
Orange Pizzelles made with orange zest and orange liqueur.
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Dec. 2, 2011 9:33 am 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:49 pm
Although I think I make a pretty decent meatball, it could be better. As per the name of my blog "Lela's Cooking Journey", I am trekking along the Cooking Highway in search of a Great Meatball-the Holy Grail Meatball  to serve with spaghetti. I have contemplated questions and mulled over… MORE
Meatball Amore!
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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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