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Lela's Cooking Journey

 
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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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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Nov. 10, 2011 11:44 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 4:34 am
These are my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.  Here is the link for the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62945294/grandma-ritas-butter-roll-recipe/detail.aspx  This is my second  successful attempt using my Grandma's recipe.   Baking Nana and many other expert bakers helped with my… MORE
Dough cut into thirds
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Dough cut into 12 pieces.
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12 rolls in a greased cake pan
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Rolls after rising for 30 minutes
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Nov. 7, 2011 7:30 am 
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011 1:12 pm
Have you ever experienced lumpy gravy? Or did you run out of gravy on Thanksgiving? Or worse yet, you didn't have enough drippings to make the gravy? Then, this is the recipe for you. I ran across this recipe in the Family Circle magazine a couple of years ago.  The recipe is… MORE
Perfect Gravy
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Grandma's Egg Noodles
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Nov. 1, 2011 8:42 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2011 10:20 pm
Lately it seems like I always have apples left over that my family doesn't eat. If it has bruises or gouges--the apple gets bypassed. Therefore, I rescued the apples and made apple turnovers with a buttermilk crust that my family will gobble up. My Grandma used to call them Fruit Empandas. I… MORE
What do you do with Apples?
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Make Apple Turnovers with a Buttermilk Crust!!!
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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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