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Lela's Cooking Journey

 
Oct. 27, 2013 2:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 1:47 pm
When my daughter was a little girl, we found out she was sensitive to artificial red food dye. She would get severe stomach aches, headaches, and sometimes throw up. As she was growing up, I would monitor her food intake and especially avoid red dye.  Now, she has a five year old daughter who… MORE
Spinach and carrot natural food dye
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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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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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May 25, 2012 9:13 am 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012 10:52 am
I don't know about you, but the buttermilk always seems to be lurking in my refrigerator past the expiration date. Well, four days past the expiration date, I am baking and cooking up a buttermilk storm. To prove it,  I also have the aching baker's feet that I heard other people talking about… MORE
Amish Sugar Cakes. So Soft!
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Make Apple Turnovers with a Buttermilk Crust!!!
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Mar. 30, 2012 3:30 am 
Updated: Apr. 11, 2012 5:08 pm
Here are some Easter recipes I came across as I was searching for desserts.  I love holidays and one of my favorite holidays is Easter. There are so many cute Easter goodies to make.  My grown kids, son-in-law, my husband, and my three year old granddaughter look forward to their Easter… MORE
Easter Cookies with Sugar Cookie Glaze
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Mar. 11, 2012 12:39 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 7:27 am
Jumbo Hamburger BunsMy Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls recipe makes wonderful bread. Not just because it came from my Grandma, but because:You could probably shape the rolls into any kind of roll you like.The roll recipe is a quick riser in that it takes 30 minutes for the first rise and 30… MORE
Jumbo Hamburger Buns-Grandma Rita's Butter Roll Recipe
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue
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KFC Coleslaw Knock Off by Baking Nana
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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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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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