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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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Feb. 11, 2013 9:20 am 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 6:50 pm
I don't remember when it was that I first fell in love with lemons. Perhaps, it was those delectable lemon sandwich cookies my mom brought along when we all went on a picnic. I would eat them like an Oreo cookie. First, twist the cookie. Second, eat all the lemon cream. Last, chomp the… MORE
Easy Lemon Cookies
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Garlic Lemon Tilapia
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Strawberry Lemonade Slushie
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Nov. 11, 2012 10:28 am 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 8:56 am
Yesterday, I was reading a buzz question from Allie Geek PI about washing grapefruit. AllieGeekPi question about washing grapefruit.Then, it just so happened I was going to make lemon bars today. I pulled out the lemons I bought and  a warning label caught my attention.  After viewing… MORE
Washing lemons with vinegar
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Sep. 8, 2012 6:57 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2012 6:35 am
I was intrigued by this particular baked Buffalo Chicken Recipe for 3 reasons. First, the chicken didn't splatter all over my oven. Second, the recipe calls for partially frying in a small amount of oil. Then, finish baking the chicken in the oven.  Third, the name Crispy Buffalo Chicken… MORE
Crispy Buffalo Chicken
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Apr. 9, 2012 4:52 am 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2012 5:56 pm
Would you like a fun activity for young children? Try making Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Dots. Or would you like a frozen treat that is only 80 calories?     My granddaughter and I made our own Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Dots. I mixed strawberry jam into the vanilla yogurt. We used a squeeze… MORE
Frozen Yogurt Dots
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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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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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